AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±47 min episodes every 6 days  | 
HR W!red focuses on giving insights and practical advice to help today’s HR professionals, talent and leaders as well as business owners to improve business outcomes and further impact the bottom line; driving towards a profitable Africa.

We shine the spotlight on the most important aspect of your business and that is the talent because a well-run HR department improves productivity and aids in maintaining the organizations brand image as well as bottom line. It also plays a huge role in developing the organization's strategy as well as how the employee-centered activities are handled.

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As the year heads to a close, companies across South Africa will be conducting performance reviews of employees. Heading into a performance review can be a nail-biting experience, but being prepared for it won’t only make a positive impact on your career trajectory, but could even help you land the raise or promotion you’ve been working towards, a career expert says.

Employees are your Advocates in business

Research conducted by Gallup shows that organisations that commit effort and resources to improving and sustaining high levels of employee engagement consistently maintaining increased profits, productivity and staff retention while showing lower levels of absenteeism, safety incidents and quality defects. In fact, according to the same research, companies with highly engaged employees have up to four times higher returns on share prices.

Making A Case For Flexible Working Hours And Dealing With Misfit Executive

On this episode of HR Wired, MS Connie September, chairperson of the South African Portfolio Committee on higher education and Training, joins us to discuss the National Qualifications Framework Amendment Bill and the implications; On Hr Chat, Bret Rogers joins Gavin to discuss the case of dealing with misfit executive in an organization; on productivity and profitability, Gavin and Micheal Yeates discuss making a case for flexible working hours and what the impact would be on businesses; Finally on Getting Hired, Michelle Baron-Williamson, CEO of Managed Integrity Evaluation, asks the question 'Is a criminal record holding you back professionally?'
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Embracing AI In The Workplace To Reduce Digital Skills Gap

Quentyn Taylor from canon joined us to chat about Reducing the digital skills gap in Africa; Stanfford Masie also joins us to discuss how artificial intelligence can increase job creation.
Plugging the gap – how businesses can resolve Europe’s digital skills shortage
Digital transformation is revolutionizing the European workplace, with its ability to streamline processes, reduce expenditure and enhance the service offering. Rapidly advancing digital technologies are already being used in hundreds of sectors, including farming, healthcare, transport, education, retail, home automation and logistics. The demand for information and communications technology specialists is growing fast – so much so that according to the European Commission, 9 out of 10 jobs in the future will require digital skills.
At the same time though, 169 million Europeans between 16 and 74 years – 44% – do not have basic digital skills. This means that the benefits that digitization can drive are quite literally under threat as Europe is failing to produce enough IT graduates. What’s worse is that as the pace of technological development snowballs, this gulf is widening. The prospect of 500,000 unfilled jobs in the European IT sector by 2020 is very real and looming.
Businesses cannot expect governments to tackle this crisis on their own. Firstly, disruptive and revolutionary innovations will always affect private companies before they affect the state – because businesses tend to try out new technologies before governments do. As a result, nobody understands the implications of and reasons for the digital skills gap better than the businesses that are directly suffering the consequences.
Secondly, with a capable and trained workforce, businesses stand to benefit enormously from digitization. Any organization, large or small, can contribute to tackling the growing digital skills gap, either by addressing it within their own function or by providing skills training more widely.
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AI will Drive The Future of Work and Qualification Falsification on The Rise in SA

On today's episode of HR Wired, we have Saurabh Kumar, CEO at In2IT Technologies o our productivity and profitability segment talking about Technology in the workplace and how it can influence and affect productivity and profitability; on our HR chat, we have Nicol Mullins Principal Consultant - Mercer Consulting talking about how AI will shape the Future of Work, employers focus on human skills and employees crave jobs with purpose; on policy and compliance, we have Ivan Israelstam, Chief Executive of Labour Law Management Consulting talking about Why retrenchments is currently on the rise in South Africa; and finally on getting hired, we have Rudi Kruger, General Manager of LexisNexis Data Services talking about the Importance of reference checks on job applicants.
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Cultivating Growth Mindset In Your Workforce And Why Artisan Training Is Crucial For Economic Growth

As usual, Gavin, Sibongile, and Soji open the show with some HR updates from around Africa; we then moved to productivity/profitability on the topic 'Cultivating a growth mindset: Encouraging loyalty from a younger workforce ' our guest is Rob Jardine – Head, Research and Solutions at The NeuroLeadership Institute South Africa. On HR chat, we spoke to Mandisa Nyathikazi, Executive director of ATI on the subject of Africa’s latest scarce skills and the roles of Artisan Training Institute. Finally, of policy and compliance, we spoke to Jennifer Barkhuizen, Head of Communications for Managed Integrity Evaluation and we asked if you serving yourself and your potential employer honestly?
2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey reflect a very different reality, where most companies are viewed as failing miserably at fulfilling their societal and ethical roles and are seen as being solely motivated by profit. This is quite worrying, especially as millennials are considered to be the largest generation ever to enter the workforce and are now taking up positions of influence and leadership within businesses.
Inspiring millennial loyalty through continuous learning opportunities
One of the ways that organizations can encourage millennials to be loyal to them is through ensuring that they are regularly given opportunities to stretch themselves. Forty-eight percent of this generation put opportunities for continuous learning as an important item on their ‘Ideal Company to Work for’ Wish List. In addition, 81% of millennials believe that continuous professional development and self-paced learning will ensure they perform at their best in their job and keep pace with the changes that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will continue to bring. However, a mere 36% of millennial respondents believed their employers were helping them prepare for this evolution.
It is crucial that the youth is made aware of viable future vocations. According to the Artisan Training Institute.
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Labor Survey Shows 8.5 Mill out 9.5 Mill unemployed South Africans Are Blacks - Deon Oberholzer

Joining us in this conversation, Deon Oberholzer, CEO of Gestalt Growth Strategies and Co-Founder of ProudAfrique Human Capital.
The Commission for Employment Equity says it is concerned at the high representation of foreign nationals when there are local skills available. The latest Employment Equity report paints a worrying picture of the slow pace of transformation in the South African workplace over the past 20 years.

Deon Oberholzer, CEO of Gestalt Growth Strategies and Co-Founder of ProudAfrique Human Capital unpack the 5 key findings of the Employment Equity Commission Report 2018, share his thoughts on the proposed amendments to the Employment Equity Act and whether revisiting the definition of designated employers, setting of sector targets as an enabling provision to monitor and measure compliance is the right step in addressing transformation in the workplace or not.
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Redefining Employees' Rewards And How This Could Improve Productivity

Karlien Holliday, who is the Rewards Director at GETRewards South Africa, joins us to chat about how the way we incentify employees has changed and how we can be more innovative with this to improve workplace productivity.
Incentivising employees the right way could lead to increased productivity and happy, loyal employees. Will rewarding employees lead to deeper engagement in the long run? and what would be the impact on our bottom line?
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Employees' Wellness On The Spotlight and What Do you Do When Integrity Costs You Your Job?

There's no such thing as free Wifi And Leadership is failing employees across Africa. We started the show as usual with HR updates from across Africa, especially with what is happening in South Africa's electricity provider that has resulted to load shedding across the country.
On our HR chat, we had Dr. Martin Combrinck who is a Director at WELLCOSA; WLLCOSA is the Wellness Council of South Africa (WELLCOSA) is the leading respected resource for creating and executing successful healthy workplaces. WELLCOSA helps to build high performing and healthy workplaces. We assist businesses and health professionals to improve employee well-being and create healthier organizational cultures. on our HR chat about the current trends in employees' wellness in Africa.
On Policies and compliance, Gusti Coetzer, (director at Signium Africa) explains to us What to do when Integrity may get you fired; with Rising levels of perceived corruption which have sharpened the ethical challenge for those in responsible positions. When the spoils might run into billions, it seems you can be fired for doing the right thing and rewarded for doing what you know to be wrong. How do you stay on the side of the angels, stay in your job … and stay out of jail?
Finally, Riaan Graham, who is a Sales Director of sub-Saharan Africa at Ruckus Networks explains why free wifi is not really free, though there are many advantages of internet access.
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Credentials Falsification Is Not Always Dismissible - Ivan Israelstam

Many employers failed to double check that the qualifications submitted by job candidates are genuine. The common law entitles employers to know all facts about a prospective employee that are relevant to a job application. That is, the employee is obliged to:
• Divulge information relevant to the decision to appoint where it is clear that the employer requires such information
• Answer certain questions truthfully
• Desist from exaggerating job qualifications
For example, where an employee applies for the job of a driver he/she would be required to divulge that he/she does not have a driver’s license.
Generally, job applicants are required to answer relevant questions truthfully during the screening process. However, what is relevant is a matter for debate. For example, a job applicant may well be able to claim that she was not obliged to answer truthfully a question as to whether she was pregnant because this has nothing to do with her ability to do the work. He employer might then argue that the maternity leave would interrupt the continuity of the job. However, the employer would then need to prove that the job required continuity and that no alternative interim measure could be implemented to solve the continuity problem.
It is not enough for the employer to prove the employee guilty of misrepresentation. The employer must prove that honesty is an essential requirement
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SA's Employment Equity Act is Failing And AI Powered Marching is on the Rise

On the episode of HR Wired, like we always do, we shine the spotlight on the most important aspect of business and that is the talent; Sibongile joins us remotely to bring major HR updates; on HR Chat, we have Lauren Salt who is a senior associate for Employment and Compensation Practice at Baker McKenzie in Johannesburg.
, she chats with us about the South African Employment Equity and how there's no provision for the Transgender individuals.
South Africa’s Employment Equity Act (EEA) contains a number of anti-discrimination provisions, as well as mechanisms for employers to collect, analyze, plan and report on employment equity information. The mechanisms, however, do not cater for those employees who do not identify with being either male or female. The practice of gathering and reporting only gender binary information for employment equity purposes might, therefore, be discriminatory. 
“Where an employer forces an individual who, either biologically or otherwise, does not identify with a particular gender, to choose to be either male or female, this could amount to discrimination,”
Lauren explains that Chapter II of the Employment Equity Act (EEA) requires designated employers to implement affirmative action measures in respect of designated persons. Besides identifying non-white racial groups as designated groups, the EEA identifies women as part of such group. As a result, the central focus of the information gathering, analyzing, planning and reporting processes set out in the EEA is the delineation of the workforce into racial and sex categories. The template forms attached to the EEA envisage that 100% of the employer’s workforce is either male or female.
Ivan Israelstam also joins us to clarify the case of falsification of credentials and how that is not always dismissable.
To close of the show, we have Dr. Anish Shivdasani founder & CEO of Giraffe to chat with us about the current HR trends globally and then bring it back home in Africa.
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Policy Stance on HR During Merger And The Tricks Around Managing Employees Social Media Comment

As usual, on this show, We shine the spotlight on the most important aspect of business and that is the talent/Human Capital.
Johan Botes joins us on productivity/profitability to talk about how employees are protected in mergers and acquisition. On HR Chat, we chatted about How to deal with questionable employee comments on social media with Grant Wilkinson, Executive, Global Business Solutions. Ivan Israelstam clarifies whether employees can be dismissed for misconduct or poor performance. To close the show, we look at the recent announcement by SAB-Inbev on extending employees parental support to include all types of families.
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