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HANDLING OFF-SITE MISCONDUCT

What rights do employers have to discipline employees for misconduct perpetrated outside the workplace? While employers have very few rights under the Labour Relations Act (LRA) they do have the right to discipline and even to dismiss employees for work related misconduct. However, a dismissal will only be upheld by the CCMA, bargaining council or Labour Court where:

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PROACTIVE SOLUTIONS IN DEALING WITH STAFF ABSENTEEISM

Many South African companies face the seasonal challenge of staff turnover and absenteeism as we head into autumn. All the public holidays in April could even exacerbate the situation. This annual trend has developed over the years, and is especially prevalent at the blue collar worker level. Staff absenteeism can in some instances be as high as 10% of the workforce at any given time. What is the solution to this situation?

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WHY YOU SHOULD BE HIRING A GAMER

Any employer would love to secure an employee with the five key skills for the 21st century work environment which include: Problem Solving, Creativity, Collaboration, Negotiation and Human Interaction. But where exactly should you go to find these people? It’s tough enough to sometimes find suitable employees, let alone a candidate that ticks each of the above boxes. The answer is, actually, quite simple: look to the Gamer.

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Should temporary staff be screened?

Background screening and other contingencies are generally put in place to ensure businesses employ the right people with limited risk. However, should the same approach be taken when hiring temporary employees?  The answer is a “definite yes!” according to Rudi Kruger, general manager of Risk Solutions at LexisNexis Data Services. “It is essential that organisations apply the same level of background screening on temporary workers or even volunteers as they would on permanent staff, as the level of risk remains the same,” he said.

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Personality over experience gets the job

The new era of talent acquisition in an ever-evolving and fast-paced business environment. Previously centred on qualifications, competencies and experience, the typical recruitment process has seen a gradual shift in focus towards personality and potential for growth. This has led to more and more companies moving away from traditional interviews, opting rather for more interactive, personality revealing hiring sessions.

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