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Encouraging Productivity in the Workplace

Posted on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 in Business Skills

Entrepreneur Magazine recently published an article discussing the ways in which company owners can hamper the productivity of their employees. The author of the article, Jason W. Womak, found that employers play a massive role in how effectively their workforce functions.  He lists micro-management, lack of acknowledgement and interruptions amongst the worst productivity downers. 

 

While this is an aspect of the work environment to which employers need to pay careful attention – the success of the business is reliant on the output of the people who work there – this can be a tricky issue to navigate. One only needs to take a look at Womak’s suggestions below to see that a great boss who strives to encourage productivity amongst their workforce needs to know where the fine line is between being involved and being too involved. 

How can employers establish stronger relationships with their employees? This was the question posed in an article recently published by Entrepreneur. While vision and drive are vital leadership qualities for any ambitious entrepreneur, truly successful leadership also relies heavily on the development of healthy relationships with your employees. If these don’t succeed, neither will your business.     

Every company has it’s own ‘vibe’ or company culture that sets the tone and defines who thrives and who fails within its walls, according to an article in 2012 by Dave Ibsen. Finding a good fit is essential to the company/employee relationship. “It is the cornerstone to happiness and performance – for both the company and the employee.” 


The progress of women in the business world is an age old topic of debate but one which remains relevant even as the proportion of women in the workplace and specifically in executive roles rises.


An update on the latest statistics

 

A report published a few years ago recommended that FTSE 100 companies should aim for a minimum of 25% female representation on their boards by 2015.  The latest figures show that women now hold 17.3% of board positions, so the percentage is gradually increasing, as women make their mark in the business world.

Data breech in the workplace

Posted on Monday, 18 February 2013 in Diversity in Business

A disturbing study conducted online in the US showed that most employees take employer's confidential information with them outside of the office and even with them to their next employer.
 
The survey showed that employees are in the habit of taking company data home with them and even transferring it onto their personal computers.

The death of the resume

Posted on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 in Unemployment, skills shortages and wages

Businesses need new types of employees who are not going to step into the “same old same old” routine, but unleash their creative and innovative juices to bring new blood, fresh ideas and bold solutions. How can they use the recruitment process to attract, identify and engage this rare but vital potential?

Apparently not with the antiquated one-dimensional resume but with a live demonstration of applicants’ skills, innovation and daring through contests, social media challenges and a display of the knowledge and competencies they can bring to bear on business problems, ideas, products or services. Professional resume writers, change your profession!

According to Forbes, the resume has died, do you agree?

 

“Stack Ranking” an impediment to Human Resources?

Posted on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 in Leadership

The article below, entitled 'Can Bad Human Resource Practices Kill a Company?' may be one of the most important reads this week.  If human resources departments are increasingly losing employees’ trust, companies may be at risk of losing one of their most precious assets - their people.
 
Human Resource practices such as 'stack ranking', which have been around for decades and are widely used in South Africa, are increasingly coming under fire.  The merit-based scale may seem good in theory but if it is causing dissension, distrust and potentially unfair labour practices, perhaps it is time to re-think how to evaluate and manage the performance of employees.
 
The article focuses primarily on trends in the US and Ireland, but the HR practices in question are sure to impact on South African companies in much the same way.  Is there a uniquely South African solution that could emerge?  We would love to hear your thoughts. 

Employing James Bond

Posted on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 in Talent

Most people look at Mr Bond and see smouldering good looks, fearless, steely-eyed determination and impressive spy skills, but we see a great employee.

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