HR W!RED

AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±40 min episodes every 5 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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16
JUN

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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13
JUN

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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01
JUN

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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24
MAY

Helping Millennials Unleash Their Full Potentials In The Workplace - Dr. Gillian

Nearly a third of millennials entering the formal workplace for the first time suffer from Imposter Syndrome – the persistent fear of being “found out” or exposed as a “fraud” in the workplace. Dr. Gillian Mooney of the IIE discusses how to identify and understand the signs of impostor syndrome early in one’s career while providing tips on how to avoid losing confidence and to become an empowered, valued and productive team member.
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24
MAY

Tailoring Employee Benefits To Reflect Changing Landscape - Fred Prince

The world is constantly evolving – technology is advancing at a rapid pace, global barriers are being eradicated and individuals are questioning societal norms and challenging traditional stereotypes – all of which affects businesses operations. Fred Prince, Remuneration and Benefits Manager at Ackermans, notes that businesses need to adapt when it comes to its remuneration and benefits programmes, stating that the traditional ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is no longer effective and fails to reflect the changing landscape. Fred highlights the various employee benefits which need to be relooked by businesses when retaining employees, namely, Benefits like maternity leave; Flexi-hours & the opportunities of working remotely; as well as the importance of tailoring. Fred who is the Remuneration and Benefits Manager at Ackermans Joins Gavin to discuss how businesses can adapt to the changing landscape with their employee benefits package.
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18
MAY

Why is "Learning Agility” Key To Leadership And Employee Success?

We shine the spotlight on the most important aspect of business and that is the talent because a well-run hr department improves productivity and aids in maintaining the organizations brand image. It also plays a huge role in developing the organizations' strategy as well as how the employee-centered activities are handled. This week on Productivity vs profitability, we spoke to Jaintheran Naidoo on Why is "learning Agility” key to leadership and employee success? On HR Chat, we chat to Ken Coster, who is a Partner in the Health and Safety Practice at Webber Wentzel on the Epidemic facing the mining industry. On policy and compliance, Tebogo Moalusi joins Gavin to chat about How companies adopt a strategy to mitigate losses related to strike action.
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18
APR

Spotlight on Racism And Ethnic Discrimination in The Workplace

Could racism in the workplace lose you more than just your job? This Week on HR Wired, we shine the spotlight on racism/ethnic discrimination in the workplace; on our productivity segment, we examine if employees are still seen as production line machines; We look at HIV/AIDS Workplace Rules and ended off with Where you draw the line when it comes to recruitment. Racial or ethnic discrimination in the workplace can rear its ugly head in a variety of forms, some of which can be overt or obvious. But racial discrimination can often be subtle and more difficult to detect, such as an employer's failure to hire or promote an individual on account of their race. Whichever form it takes, however, racial discrimination in the workplace is strictly prohibited by a number of federal and state laws. One of the more difficult aspects of racial discrimination at work is that it can often take place entirely undetected. After all, unless an employer specifically admits otherwise, who can say for sure why they made a particular decision to hire a certain individual or gave another a promotion? That said, there are some instances where an employer may display some discriminatory intent. For example, when it comes to interviewing, employers typically should not ask questions about a prospective employee's race. If an employer does so and decides not to hire this employee, it may serve as evidence that race played a role in the decision. Such circumstances are rare, however, and it should also be noted that employers may permissibly ask about race in the context of forms and affirmative action programs, so long as they play no part in the decision-making process. More often, discrimination is far more subtle, and an individual will have no certainty as to why they weren't hired, unlike the example above. Asking the employer is an option, but employers could offer any viable reason that is not based on race.
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16
APR

Impact of Education on Unemployment Rate in Africa - Richard Rayne

The importance of education in the modern world is increasing as the most serious factor in the formation of a new quality of economy and society in common. Its role is constantly growing along with the growing influence of human capital. Some people argue that education is the answer to some of the big current problems the SA. Want to fix the unemployment problem? That's easy: just provide additional educational opportunities for those having difficulty finding jobs. Want to lessen income inequality? That's easy too: if more people have college degrees, they'll qualify for higher wage work. While these arguments appear to make sense, looking at the data over the past several decades provides the opposite answer: more education would solve neither problem.
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12
APR

Retrenchment, The Duty To Consult - Ivan Israelstam

When an employer contemplates retrenching employees it is required by the Labour Relations Act (LRA) to first consult about this prospect before making any decision to retrench. Where the relevant employees belong to a trade union the employer is required to consult with that union on a number of issues, the most important of which is any means of avoiding job losses. Should the employer choose not to engage in proper pre-retrenchment consultations and the employees are forcibly retrenched this will normally result in an unfair dismissal finding against the employer. However, where the employer has, in vain, made every effort to consult it may possibly not be blamed for any failure to consult. Ivan Israelstam is the CEO of Labour Law Management Consulting offers expert labor relations advice to organizations and individuals in the private and public sectors. Ivan Israelstam has over 30 years of experience, been CCMA Commissioner and is Chairperson of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Labour Affairs.
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12
APR

Are Robots Stealing Our Jobs? - Brian Timperley

Gavin and Brian discuss misconception about robots stealing our jobs. Brian Timperley is the managing director and co-founder of Turrito Networks, a business he started in 2010 alongside his business partner, Louis Jardim. In his role at Turrito Networks, Brian is responsible for identifying, developing and directing business strategy as well as cultivating the company's reputation in the market. We’ve seen it in the Industrial Revolution, where machines replaced countless jobs almost overnight. The socio-economic effects of that transformation have been well documented.Today, many believe we are facing the same tidal wave of change. The major difference now is that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the capability to replace the roles of knowledge workers and highly qualified professionals – in addition to labor-intensive jobs.
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12
APR

Skills Training For Employees - Companies Win When Staff Win

Gavin speaks to Deon on the importance of employees training and how can your business maximize the advantages that it offers. Local companies are caught between a rock and hard place as many are not in a position to create new jobs, and haven’t closed the skills gap with the staff they already have. Some of the talking points: • The challenge of creating new jobs while there is still a skills gap in your workforce • Benefits of aiding in creating employment such as tax rebates on learner-ship • How do unskilled employees impact on profitability and productivity
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03
APR

The Legality of Social Media Screening In Recruitment Process - Risk Mitigation

Background checks and screening, what can potential employers do and what is against the law Summary: According to the CareerBuilder survey, most hiring managers are not specifically or actively looking for negative information on candidates, but rather a confirmation of qualifications, a positive professional image, with 21% looking for reasons TO HIRE THE CANDIDATE. Reasons why candidates have not been hired: • Provocative or inappropriate photographs, videos or information – 46 percent • Information about candidate drinking or using drugs – 43 percent • Discriminatory comments related to race, religion, gender, etc. – 33 percent • Candidate bad-mouthed previous company or a fellow employee – 31 percent • Poor communication skills – 29 percent Guest Farhad Bhyat (farosian) Farhad Bhyat is the CEO and co-founder of FAROSIAN, South Africa's pioneering social media assurance, and Risk Mitigation
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