David Conradie reveals why now is the right time to shift out of "survival mode” and get proactive on your talent management strategy.
Jayne Mammet offers practical tips on how to reduce your company's environmental footprint.
Eva Mudely addresses some of the challenges employers might experience leading up to the FIFA World Cup
Shani Naidoo shares eight truths that govern the life cycle of organisation structures.
Dr Arien offers practical workplace wellness ideas that will have a positive effect your bottom line, employee loyalty and company growth, and more.
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The HCR Team
A back-to-basics approach to economic recovery Julian Birkinshaw - Professor and Deputy Dean, London Business School and Co-founder of the Management Innovation Lab (MLab) The road to recovery starts with some basic management changes that will compound and accelerate over time. Julian Birkinshaw looks at three important reasons why we need to reinvent management, and provides bold new ways of leading, managing and organising.
Change management contributions to organisational performance Co-authors Professor Simon Burtonshaw-Gunn and Dr Malik Salameh draw upon their practical consultancy experience to provide helpful advice for those embarking on a change management programme. This article covers seven main themes about change and change management, offering valuable information and practical guidance on improving organisational performance.
Organisation structures – a framework for thinking Shani Naidoo - Managing Director - Group HR, Foschini Organisation structures are living organisms that grow, develop, mature, age and atrophy, and then start all over again, questioning its purpose, reinventing itself and evolving. Shani Naidoo shares eight truths that govern the life cycle of organisation structures.
Personal Mastery – the foundation of leadership effectiveness Debbie Craig - Managing Director and John Gatherer - Chief Operations Officer, Catalyst Consulting In their second article in a series of articles on leadership, Debbie Craig and John Gatherer suggest that to be a really great leader, you need to master the art of self-leadership or personal mastery. They take a closer look at how awareness, application and effectiveness of personal mastery can help you find meaning and purpose in life, and make a difference in the lives of others.
HR GOES GREEN
How green are your HR practices? The fourth wave of greening HR Belia Nel - certified Performance Improvement Technologist with the International Society for Performance Improvement In this first article in a series of articles about green HR practices, Belia Nel explores how green your organisation’s HR and talent practices are. Focusing on the HR carbon footprint of your organisation, she suggests ways to effectively and efficiently deal with HR issues.
Why a green office means better performance in a depressed economy Jayne Mammatt - Associate Director for Climate Change & Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young Jayne Mammatt shows why going green is the right thing to do and gives some practical tips on how to reduce your company’s environmental footprint. She also shows how HR can help change the culture and values of a company to become greener.
HEALTH MANAGEMENT AT WORK
Workplace wellness Dr Arien van der Merwe - MBChB FRSPH MISMA; medical doctor, author and specialist corporate health and wellness service provider Company wellness programmes increase productivity, creativity, ambience, mind-set, and ensure a sense of wellbeing. Dr Arien van der Merwe gives some practical workplace wellness ideas and shows how the wellness of its employees will make all the difference to a company’s bottom line profit margin, employee loyalty and company growth.
THE HR PROFESSION
Human Resources into 2010 - Predictions and Challenges HR practitioners need to develop more creativity in attracting and developing talent. Establishing a culture of high performance and high engagement is fundamentally based on the translation of strategic HR initiatives into workable plans. Ester Kruger explores practical ways in which strategic HR initiatives and business strategy can be linked.
CRITICAL COACHING CONVERSATIONS
Just how can we get out of our own way? Lauron Buys - Author, Coaching & Mentoring Consultant In this Critical Coaching Conversation, Lauron Buys discusses the importance of positive self-talk, and shows how we can expend positive energy in all we do by reframing our thoughts and self-limiting assumptions.
World Cup fever – employers caught offside Eva Mudely - Attorney, Bowman Gilfillan Inc With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, Eva Mudely addresses some challenges employers might experience during this period, while sharing some ideas of how employers can deal with the hype surrounding one of the world’s biggest international sporting events.
Challenges of Evaluating Leadership Development at the Team and Organizational Levels
The quality and availability of data is uneven. Evaluations are highly dependent on the way in which the program facilitator introduces and uses measurement tools that supply data for the evaluation. Likewise, evaluations are dependent on the monitoring and evaluation systems and practices of the client organization. Evaluation data is only as good as the client organization’s data. Participants from organizations with weak M&E systems are the setting of appropriate targets to accomplish within the timeframe of a program. Often participants do not use the indicators in their action plans to monitor performance, and as a result post-program data are unavailable to measure change in relation to a baseline. This is particularly the case when the team has identified a service delivery-related challenge.
Conducting Skills Audit – Self-assessment Checklist
Use this self-assessment checklist to make sure your assessment process is fair and reliable. Before you embark on the process of planning your skills audit, it is important to ensure that the assessment process you are about to employ is fair and reliable. The checklist below is based on the principles relating to fair and unbiased assessment in the South African context, and also covers issues identified in a case study of 51 discrimination cases decided in international labour courts (Kreitner & Kinicki, 1995). Human Resources (HR) management needs to transcend current practice in order to be relevant in terms of the bigger business picture. This is particularly true when it comes to skills audits, learning and development, for these exercises require time, money and effort; hence the use of these resources should be properly justified.