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“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. 

Unemployment, skills shortages and wages

Posted on Friday, 18 May 2012 in Talent

Unemployment in South Africa has reached approximately 23.9 percent. There is absolutely no doubt that there is a critical skills shortage in our job market for specialist skills but could there be more to the the problem of talent for employers?

 

Statistics in  employment show that, for women at least, 50 is the new 30! There are more employed women in the age bracket 50 - 64 in the market than at the beginning of the global recession in 2008.  

These savvy and bright go-getters are being dubbed the Madonna Generation and we think they are rather in vogue.

See the article below for more stats on this refreshing phenomenon.  

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