Health & Safety
Occupational Health & Safety, and Employee Wellness. Occupational Health and Safety has become a highly specialised area with important legal responsibilities and implications. The function is not always part of the human resource management role, but is intricately related to human resource functions, and particularly to the area of risk management. The areas of employee health and wellness and employee assistance programmes are newer areas of human resource management, having developed over the last few decades. Particularly in challenging modern environments where it is difficult to find skilled personnel, paying attention to retaining well-functioning employees and reducing risk becomes a strategic human resource issue.
Reports that South Africa’s decline in global competitiveness can be attributed to a combination of absenteeism through sick days and presenteeism as a result of workers who are present but non-productive, demonstrates the importance of instituting wellness programmes.
The Department of Labour has warned employers who fail to comply with Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws that they will face the full might of the law.
A new on-site solution to overworked and stressed out employees is simultaneously providing employment opportunities to women in SA.
Workspace set-up and decoration is directly connected to employee productivity, says JP Beukes, CEO of interior design company OnePointZero.
Employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12 -16 billion per annum, according to information supplied by Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA).
By adjusting company policies to reduce travel and keep buildings greener, organisations can play a significant role in reducing South Africa’s concerning carbon footprint.
Sustainability is the new buzzword – both at work, and at home. Consumers are quickly going ‘green’, and are demanding that companies do as well.
Are your employees happy, content and fulfilling their desires and needs at work? Employee satisfaction plays a key role in any company and their levels of productivity. Why not make a start by investing in your employees' satisfaction and motivation?
Siyakha Consulting, one of South Africa’s disability recruitment specialists, has focussed its attention on assisting businesses to successfully integrate employees with hearing impairments into the workplace.
In a recent article in “The Star” it was stated that South Africa lost R3.9 billion worth of output last year due to sick leave and absenteeism.
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