Partnering to improve youth employability in South Africa

Being a young South African right now isn’t easy: youth unemployment is at its highest ever at 58.2%, and more than 30% of people between 15 and 24 and 46% between 25 and 34 are not in any form of employment, education or training. Even worse is that it’s actually costing these young people money to try and change that: research by the University of Johannesburg shows that they spend nearly R1 000 a month looking for work.

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Highest Court, in its first judgment of the new decade, upholds the principle of majoritarianism in retrenchments

​In a landmark judgment*, the Constitutional Court has upheld the principle of majoritarianism inherent in sections 23(1)(d) and 189(1) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA).

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Can an employer rely on the termination clause in a contract of employment to dismiss an executive employee without holding a disciplinary hearing?

It has been almost a year since Old Mutual (OM) terminated the employment of its former CEO, Mr Peter Mthandazo Moyo (Moyo). After investigating an alleged conflict of interest that involved Moyo and another corporate entity, OM chose to terminate Moyo’s employment without holding a disciplinary hearing.

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An individual employee may not rely on section 187(1)(c) of the LRA

​Section 187(1)(c) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 (LRA) provides that it will be automatically unfair to dismiss a group of employees if they refuse to accept a demand in respect of any matter of mutual interest between such employees and the employer.

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Time management tips that significantly improve workplace productivity

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in America spend 8 hours and 30 minutes per workday at work. However, one other research shows that they spend only 2 hours and 53 minutes of that time actually focused on work — and, a lack of work structure and an excess of work distractions are cited as one of the main culprits for wasted time.

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5 Most effective leadership styles for business success

Leading a business toward success can be a major challenge. Leadership as a trait that every business owner and manager should possess, but can be quite fluid. The main reason is that the market environment is prone to sudden and common changes.

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Why having courageous conversations at work will boost business innovation

There can be no doubt that today’s working environments are both complex and demanding. Fuelled by our increasing appetite for innovation, our reliance on digital solutions, coupled with the fast paced and disruptive nature of global business, everyone is under constant pressure to produce – and quickly.

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How to help your employees feel more included at work

The best employees are 100% participatory into their jobs. They do not remain quiet and reclusive during their most important moments at work. They are able to form teams on their own and enjoy suggesting ideas to improve the company. So take an active role in making your employees feel welcome and appreciated at work.

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How to improve workspaces to give employees what they most want

In an effort to support a healthier and more productive workforce, employers increasing spend on well-intentioned wellness programs such as onsite gyms and standing desks.

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