Three meaningful ways to reward your employees.

Rewarding great employees is an important part of showing them that they are acknowledged and appreciated. Many companies reward their people in monetary ways or with lavish gifts or experiences (and these are certainly appreciated) but there are other ways to show an appreciation for the contribution your employees make to your business.

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Employee benefits in South Africa - what's required? What's not?

Not all South African organizations offer a full range of employee benefits, nor do they have to. While the government offers some social security benefits to certain members of society and employers are required to contribute to certain funds, benefits such as retirement funding and medical insurance are private matters.

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Three big reasons to offer employee benefits.

South African employers are not required by law to provide employee benefits and many organizations (especially SMEs with limited resources) see them as an unnecessary cost to company. However, employee benefits could be the difference between the attracting (and retaining) the best talent and making do with a smaller, less-driven pool of employees.

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Beyond the job description: What smart HR managers should do every day.

Like any business function in today’s rapidly changing world, HR is growing and changing with the times. This means that an effective HR team needs to do so much more than they might have done a few years ago and that their role within an organisation needs to expand beyond traditional HR functions such as on boarding and payroll (though these remain as important as ever!).

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What does the HR department do?

The idea that the HR department in any organisation is there to simply help employees fill out their leave forms and to organise staff parties is outdated. While they may be involved in administrative tasks such as managing the employee paperwork trail, an efficiently run HR department has the ability to bring so much value across the full spectrum of a successful business.

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HR versus IR – what you need to know.

We are often asked about the difference between Human Resources (HR) management and Industrial Relations (IR) management. While they both deal with the professional relationships between individuals within and between organisations, as HR related practices, they have different focuses and functions.

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HR Management and why it really does matter.

Too often, people think of Human Resources (HR) as a touchy-feely business practice, focused more on employee’s emotions and personal needs than the productivity of the organisation. The truth, when Human Resources is properly administrated, is something quite different.

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What workplace depression means for your business.

Did you know that workplace depression could be affecting your business’ productivity and profitability? Recent research shows that not only are 1 in 4 South African employees depressed, the resulting loss of productivity costs the country more than R232 billion per year (that’s 5.7 percent of South Africa’s GDP).

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Three reasons you should care about your SME's HR needs.

Many SME business owners are under the false impression that Human Resources (HR) and Industrial Resources (IR) processes are only a concern for large organisations. Or that HR in particular is a ‘soft touch’ focus point, a ‘nice to have’ rather than a business essential. The truth is quite the opposite!

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The pitfalls of firing an employee.

NKR Director Nic Nortje was recently asked for his expert opinion on the biggest mistakes employers make when firing an employee. His take – “The number one mistake made by managers/employers when dismissing employees is acting on emotion rather than reason.”

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Thinking of outsourcing HR? Three reasons to do it!

In Human Resources (HR), ‘outsource’ is the word of the year. Whether your business is too small for a full HR department or you don’t have the time to manage more staff members, here are three reasons to consider outsourcing your organisation’s HR function…

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