What is HR?

What is HR?  What is the definition of Human Resource Management?  The birth of human resource management practices can probably be traced back to the industrial revolution.  Prior to that people had worked at home-based crafts, or as travelling craftsmen, or in agriculture.  The creation of work in factories meant that the relationship between management and employee needed to be managed, time-keeping records kept, and large payrolls had to be processed.

Have your fire safety obligations run away with you?

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With the recent factory fire in Durban, employers are reminded of how quickly a burning building can translate into tragedy and destruction. The fire broke out at a wax production facility south of Durban in late March 2017, and continued to rage for three days.

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Organisations must review security controls

Recent incidents have highlighted the need for all companies and organisations to review the safety and security of their data and their IT systems, as standard approaches no longer protect against myriad vulnerabilities, an expert says.

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Should I offer a resigning employee a raise?

Picture this: one of your valued employees resigns at a time when it will be difficult and expensive to replace her. You offer her a raise to stay with the company, which she accepts. Crisis averted!

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Poor air quality in the office is a productivity killer

People who work in poorly-ventilated offices with higher levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide (CO2) have significantly lower cognitive functioning which severely damages their productivity.

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Organisations should be informed before embarking on retrenchments

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A tough economic climate continues to see numerous organisations restructuring and implementing retrenchments in an attempt to streamline operations and increase profitability.

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Is an employer liable for sexual harassment?

On 7 March 2017, the South African Labour Appeal Court handed down judgment on a sexual harassment claim.

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How to make better hires for your business

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Both small business owners and team leads in major corporations can find the hiring process a particularly challenging one. But it is one of the most important tasks for the business to continue to be successful. You simply have to do the hiring process right.

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Three keys to cultivating a happy work environment

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Creating a happy working environment is critical to productivity, employee satisfaction and profitability.

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Keeping employees motivated through public holidays

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For most, a series of closely grouped public holidays present a highly anticipated opportunity for a mini-holiday.

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Managing inappropriate staff behaviour on social media

To manage an organisation’s reputation and ensure that it is not associated with any controversial, discriminatory or damaging (legally, financially or otherwise) views, it is vital to keep an eye on what employees are putting out on social media platforms.

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