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5 things to keep in mind when choosing a training provider

Many companies see training as a luxury, meaning that it is often one of the first areas organisations cut back on when their budgets come under pressure. As much I believe in the value of on-the-job training, there are certain skills and competencies where formal training programmes and courses can deliver an excellent return on investment for the business.


South Africans, overworked and under-rested

South Africa is a nation of workaholics, and we are being pipped to the post only by the Japanese. This is according to an Ipsos Global and Reuters study which found that as many as 53% of the country’s working population are not taking their annual leave.

While South Africans are known to be a hard-working nation, failure to take annual leave is not unusual in the global context with only 33% of Japanese employees taking all their allotted vacation days. Similar to their South African counterparts, only 47% of Australians take all of their annual leave.


Are Performance Ratings Driving Employees Away?

Every few years, performance management goes through another fad that promises to fix everything.  To name just a few, these have included 360 evaluations, competency based assessments, various ratings scales (5 point scale!  7 point scale!  Pass/Fail!), and so forth.  Fads gains prominence, then recede, only to be replaced by another.


Manage your company culture or it will manage you

Accountability can be defined as taking ownership of ones behaviour and the responsibility to perform both individually and in teams.  It is one of the integral components in developing a high performance cultural operating system within any organisation. It is when considering the impact of a culture of accountability on organisational performance that we come to realise the critical importance of developing this element.


The life and legacy of Nelson Mandela: 10 Lessons for HR professionals

On 5 December 2013 South Africa and the world have lost one of the greatest leaders of mankind, Nelson Mandela. It is now one year later, and the question is whether the world is a better place today.  We mourned his passing, but we continue to celebrate his legacy as we are reminded of his legacy today.

Throughout South Africa and the rest of the world, people will honour his legacy by doing good deeds for their fellow human beings. Recognised globally as an icon, no other South African has had more impact on so many people throughout the world than Nelson Mandela. He is the best example of true moral leadership in the most difficult of times. We have much to thank Tata Madiba for one of the most successful political transitions the world has ever seen. His biggest achievement was the eradication of apartheid, thereby helping the country to turn around from an oppressive regime to a fully-fledged modern democracy.