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.
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.
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.
Creating a happy working environment is critical to productivity, employee satisfaction and profitability.
One of the key issues for human resource practitioners is providing a safe and secure working environment.
The HR team at BON Hotels are often complimented for their creative and original ideas in their approach to staff incentives and training.
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).
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