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Can the South African economy do without unionised strikes?

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Lockdown rendered many things impossible, among them the ability for unions to 'show up' for their members in what has traditionally been the status quo for negotiation in South Africa: the organised strike. In many countries across the globe and particularly in South Africa, the ability to organise a strike is where a union best demonstrates its strength.

A millennial’s view of the working world

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There is a lot of research about the varied needs and world views of different generations. In this article, as a working millennial, I discuss how work looks through my eyes and what has changed in comparison to how my parents did it.

Championing LGBTQ+ inclusion will build better companies and societies

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For decades the rainbow flag has united the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) community and serves as a symbol of diversity and solidarity. Pride Month, as well as being a time to celebrate, has also been an opportunity to commemorate and recognise the impact that members of the LGBTQ+ community have had on history at a global, national, and local level.

REPORT | The democratisation of technology

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Too often IT departments or technologists work to uncover the needs of the organisation in silos, building or buying a new tool, rolling it out and training business units on the new technology. With technology democratisation, everyone can be an innovator. It adds a grassroots layer previously missing from enterprise innovation.

New directive ends mandatory workplace vaccination policy debate

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On Friday, 11 June 2021, the Department of Employment and Labour issued an updated Occupational Health and Safety Directive which, among other things, expressly permits an employer to implement a mandatory workplace vaccination policy subject to specific guidelines.

How comfortable are you to speak up at work?

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Do you feel that you have lost your voice in the workplace? Perhaps you identify to the following phrases: 'No one takes me seriously', 'My ideas are always put on the back burner', 'Every time there is a promotion, I am overlooked!'. We hear or experience these phrases from time to time, usually after a disappointment, frustration or something that did not go our (planned) way.

Resilient employees make for resilient businesses

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New research highlights that now, more than ever, employee mindsets really matter. As COVID-19 continues to reshape our world, business leaders are asking themselves how they can protect  their organisations against future crises and remain sustainably successful amid unrelenting change and uncertainty in a post-pandemic world.

Can you be fired for a WhatsApp conversation?

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Think the chat you’ve had with a group of colleagues is a secret and won’t cost you your job and reputation? Think again… Nobody could have predicted that the arrival of social media on the business and social scene more than ten years ago could lose people jobs, reputations and careers. But it has.

Don’t miss your disciplinary hearing

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Employers are not entitled to dismiss the employee without a hearing.

Managing performance in the new world of work

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We are so used to building things to last. But what about building to adapt? Let’s start with an analogy here. If a bridge over a river is built to withstand the worst possible conditions and the surrounding area is then hit by a hurricane, what use is the bridge if it is left standing in exactly the same position it was before when the access roads and the river around it have been shifted by the catastrophe?

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