by Gary Taylor, 20 Oct
Some topics in HR seem to remain largely static, with not too much research or new thinking. The issue of work-life balance has been a tricky one, where wellness counsellors tell leaders how they should be running their lives, quoting anecdotal burnout stories and making workaholics feel guilty. Work-life balance does not come in a container with a recommended daily allowance (RDA) for work, leisure and sleep. So, how do senior people achieve a balance in a realistic way, given the competing demands on our 24-hour day?
by Ivan Israelstam, 20 Oct
'Employer's discretion' and 'management prerogative' are terms used every day in business. These reflect the right of the employer to make business decisions in the interests of the effective running of the enterprise. This right is not confined to commercial business but extends to government departments, local authorities, parastatals, NGOs, welfare organisations and all other employers. However, the right of the manager to make business decisions is substantially limited both by the rules of each organisation and by South African labour law.