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7 Things in Management and HR News This Week

This week’s essential Management HR news and updates in under 1 minute

6 July 2020

EE during Covid-19. Motivating without a raise. And why you should be hiring new execs right now. Every 7 days, our team distils the latest HR news and insights in South Africa into a quick, concise read. Here’s the news you should know in HR this week:

FIRST: QUICK NEWS UPDATES

  • Government’s UIF TERS benefit is now officially closed, but you can still submit claims for up to end June – see the report
  • South Africa’s new Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) is now in effect – get the details here

THIS WEEK’S HR NEWS UPDATES

NEW PRO SELF-MANAGEMENT COURSE

Boost productivity. Love what you do. And rediscover purpose in work. The LifeXchange Solutions team have launched an all-new science-based course for managers, HR and teams.

Aimed at giving everyone the kind of 10X-growth power you’d expect from Netflix and Google, the course is in its Beta phase. But the team have allowed you and your team to sign for a reduced rate of $75 (around R1276) to test it out. Sign up or get the details on this exciting new self-management course.

HOW TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE WHEN A RAISE IS NOT AN OPTION

ManpowerGroup SA’s MD Lyndy van den Barselaar says that it’s wise in uncertain times to keep teams motivated with kindness and celebrating small victories. You could even focus on having more fun together as a team and launch a mentorship programme. Even Inc.com ran a piece on how to motivate without money – see it here.

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THE RISE OF A NEW TYPE OF WORKFORCE

Oracle South Africa’s Rob Bothma paints a picture of a new kind of employee he terms Generation R (although it has nothing to do with when you were born). According to Bothma, there are those who’ve taken the pandemic as a sign to adapt and respond by reskilling, upskilling and finding new ways to max performance while maintaining work-balance. See the opinion here.

Now, there are no stats or studies of any kind to back up these assertions. But what’s notable is Bothma’s advice to companies for the future, because it’s true whether Gen R is real or not: Enable flexible work environments, give people purpose-driven opportunities and focus on strengthening your company culture.

IS IT TIME TO SHOP FOR TOP EXECS?

Talent agency Signium Africa’s Annelize van Rensburg says the economic storm is likely to affect all job levels. So you could see a lot of top talent available on the market soon. In fact, she cites a Harvard Business Review article that said during the 2008 fin crisis, hiring execs from competitors proved one of the most successful bounce-back strategies. Are you ready to recruit your new executive?

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RE-SKILLING IS GOING TO BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Although SA’s unemployment rate is at a shocking 30.1%, Nedbank’s chief economist Mamello Matikinca-Ngwenya says that’s nothing. We’re only likely to start seeing the true economic costs of the pandemic towards the end of this year, as many big companies are only now starting their retrenchment processes. And that will impact both tax and consumer spending – see the insights here.

Many believe the only way to curb the coming joblessness trend is to get really good at re-skilling people. And it’s going to become everyone’s job to get people re-employed because this level of unemployment will start affecting all of us.

HR WEBINARS THIS WEEK

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY DURING COVID-19

8 JULY 2020, 14:00
EE obligations and amendments during the pandemic. And what to do if your EE targets seem unachievable. Employment Equity consultancy, EES-SIYAKHA, is hosting a two-weekly EE webinar series for HR and managers, starting on 8 July 2020. You can sign up for the entire series for a once-off R150pp. Register here.

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WEEKLY COVID-19 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE WEBINAR

8 JULY 2020, 12:00
HR Works presents a practical legislative look at HR with a labour law expert at 12:00 noon. Every week, a practising law professional guides a valuable talk for managers and HR. There’s a once-off for this series of webinars of R125pp. And you can register here.

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ABOUT our #HRthisWeek project

This page is part of our project to help keep human resources professionals and managers informed on the latest news and hot topics in HR. We update this page regularly and welcome your ideas on topics to include here – email solutions@lifexchange.co.za. And follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn and keep up with the latest in HR News.

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