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Buzz | here comes another acronym!

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There have been a number of buzzwords trending in the Human Resources space over the years all with the explicit outcome of holding onto employees and ensuring that your organisation is a cool place to work. In my time I have seen the buzzwords (and related strategies) progress from 'Retention' to 'Attraction and Retention' to 'Engagement' to 'Employee Value Proposition' (EVP) and now 'Employee Experience' (EX). But isn’t EX just another way of saying EVP? And isn’t that the same as Employee Engagement?

NMW will cause economic havoc in rural areas and destroy jobs!

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Researchers exhorting the South African government to implement the NMW (National Minimum Wage) reported that they could find no studies showing high job losses from the institution of minimum wages. How did they not uncover the link between the 2007 decision to impose the US Fair Minimum Wage Act on the US dependencies of Puerto Rico, American Samosa and the Mariana Islands?

How many jobs will be lost to technology?

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Digital transformation is a reality, and is having a major impact on organisations of every size, and across all industries. The benefits of innovation and agility are numerous, but many fear that this transformation is threatening jobs.

Your racist comments on Facebook will get you fired!

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Your social media posts, as well your comments and likes on other people’s posts, can be liked or shared and can easily make their way to your employer. A racist comment made on social media is very serious and it is potentially accessible to hundreds, if not thousands, of other social media users. Even if the post is deleted, once it is shared or if some has taken a screen shot, it can continue circulating on social media or the internet.

Religious holidays | What are your rights?

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With Easter and various other public holidays imminent in March and April, most South African employees are anticipating a few days’ off from their daily work routines. But, this period also raises the question about other 'religious holidays' and the stance of labour law on these.

Troubled employees are a threat

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Gamblers, terrorists, haters and other risk groups can threaten business information security, but should an employer be interested in the personal life of employees? 

More women are actively pursuing their career goals than ever before

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To mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on Thursday 8 March 2018, PwC surveyed over 3,600 professional women (aged 28-40) to find out about their career development experiences and aspirations. The survey included respondents from employers across 27 industry sectors and from over 60 countries worldwide. These women are at the point in their working lives where the gap between men’s and women’s progression begins to widen significantly and the challenges of combining careers and personal priorities increase.

Fighting the legacy of gender inequality and the wage gap

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On 22 January 2018, at the ripe old age of 90 Minnie Mouse received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This was 40 years after her male counterpart, Mickey, received his star. A stark reminder that, even in the world of make believe, women continue to get a raw deal. 

The new minimum wage

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In order to strike the balance between carrying the financial impact of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) and minimising job losses, organisations need to ensure they are prepared. Understanding the impact of the NMW, and the solutions available to mitigate it, can enable businesses to manage this process and strike that balance. 

Use science & data for greater hiring success

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There is a wealth of new methods, backed by research and new data sets, to inform the hiring of executive teams. Despite this, many companies still approach hiring based on outdated principles and concepts, which means that they are not making optimally successful hiring decisions.

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