The workplace has undergone rapid transformation and as businesses transition to compete in the digital economy, business leaders have to take into consideration the impact on core disciplines – especially human capital management and payroll.
A recent landmark judgement by the Gauteng High Court has transformed the landscape on parental leave in South Africa.
But, like most human capital management trends today, this issue can be sorted out with focused attention, patience and buy-in from decision makers.
Business leaders have yet another post-lockdown trend affecting workers to worry about – invisible burnout.
Hybrid workforces have become increasingly popular over the last few years, especially with the rise of remote work technologies and lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new workplace trend has emerged, called loud labourers, which will only add pressure to the lives of already stressed business managers.
Payroll processing is a time-consuming, intricate procedure that is prone to errors if not executed properly. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI), however, has ushered in all sorts of promises about simplifying and mechanising many aspects of the payroll process to enhance efficiency and accuracy.
Once considered a powerful tool for fostering growth, development and alignment within an organisation, the relevance of employee performance reviews has become a hotly debated topic, with many human resources practitioners arguing that traditional annual performance reviews are outdated.
Employees who leave their place of work but later return in the hope of being reappointed – otherwise known as ‘boomerang employees’ – represent a growing trend within human resources.
Artificial intelligence provides a service to HR, but shouldn’t replace people as a way of handling human resources within the business
We all know that stress is part of life in modern society and one of the biggest challenges we have as people is how to mitigate and minimise the impact of stress.
Breast milk has long been acknowledged as nature’s perfect food for infants. Its unique properties continue to benefit children long after their mothers have stopped breastfeeding.
You've won some new business, you've found business opportunities in new territories, but not enough to warrant expansion investment – now what?
The digitally aware generation or Gen Z has a lot to offer employers, but they challenge traditional or conventional workplace rules.
Managing payroll is a critical task for any organisation, and for large enterprises with hundreds or even thousands of employees, it can be an incredibly complex and time-consuming process.
As the world emerges from the pandemic, employers must decide whether to continue allowing their employees to work remotely or force them to return to the office.
Digital nomad visas provide a workable solution for South African employers seeking to mitigate the accelerating skills drain.
While restraint of trade agreements can serve legitimate purposes, it’s not unheard of for employers to misuse them.
If National Treasury has its way, foreign companies hiring South Africans as remote workers may soon find themselves in a legislative compliance pickle with SARS, which could see them become bogged down in red tape that negatively impacts their business operations.
Human capital management services and solutions company explains why this approach usually has little chance of success.
IT skills are in short supply in the country, but exposure to international recruitment and human resource trends could represent a solution.
Skills are a hot commodity in virtually every industry across all sectors globally. The emerging workforce, and so-called Gen Z workers in particular, are in demand and more employers are offering early finish Fridays or summer Fridays as a perk to attract job-seekers.
Companies that are concerned they won’t be able to comply with the new Employment Equity Act needn’t be. According to human capital specialist CRS Technologies, there is a legal way around the Act’s new requirements.
Chatbot and other AI technology are infused with intelligence, but people should avoid hype and hearsay because if anything, this technology will create more jobs, not take them.
A leading South African pharmaceutical company continues to reap the benefits of its 2011 decision to replace the organisation’s existing payroll system with Remunerate, the payroll component of CRS Technologies’ Engage™ human resources and payroll software suite.
If you take a sick day so you can have a fun day, you’re committing fraud and can lose your job.
Hiring employees who misrepresent their qualifications can be a costly mistake for employers. Not only does it damage the reputation of the company, but it can also lead to a loss of productivity and profits.
In the modern world of work, the lines between personal and professional time are becoming increasingly blurred.
CRS Technologies explores the options available to both employees and employers as businesses readjust to a post-COVID-19 society.
Despite the constitutional right to freedom of expression, South African workers with tattoos still face discrimination. CRS Technologies, a human capital management (HCM) specialist, advises all parties to adopt a calm and collected approach to deal with this issue.
Office romances and relationships may be inevitable, but companies need to plan ahead to make sure that employees and the office environment are protected
Employee background screening has become an integral part of the recruitment process.
Some countries – including Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan and Zambia – have entrenched the right for female workers to take leave for severe pain related to the menstrual cycle, known as dysmenorrhea.
The days of driving home drunk without fear of repercussions have gone. It’s not safe, it’s not cool, and it could cost you your career
Regardless of where you or your employees work, it’s become critical to ensure power is always on and everyone is completely prepared.
With many business leaders grappling with the ramifications of remote work, off-site connection to corporate networks and post-COVID-19 disruption, effective management of human resources has increasingly come under scrutiny. The most recent issue to emerge is the use of ‘stay interviews’ to address a rise in the number of ‘exit interviews’.
If you’re using the company email account, then everything in that inbox belongs to the business. Which means your emails can be read by anyone, at any time.
There is no ‘I’ in team, as the saying goes. For businesses to prosper, there must be clear, effective communication in the team – especially between managers and individual members, as well as between members themselves.
What would you do if the person you hired through a series of online interviews and virtual tests is not the same person who shows up at work?
If your business is battle weary and your employees psychologically beaten, there is no better time than the start of the new year for a fresh beginning – an ideal opportunity to focus, sort out what can be sorted out and chart a course forward.
Tattoo discrimination is a very real problem in South African business, but do organisations have an inkpot to stand on?
Phishing scams are on the increase, and could cost your business tens of thousands if you fall victim to one.
It may be quieter for many businesses, but that needn’t dampen the holiday spirit.
It’s any company’s worst nightmare – an employee in the organisation unknowingly downloads an email attachment containing malware, and within minutes your system has been hijacked and all your data encrypted. To make matters worse, the perpetrators are demanding a ransom payment in cryptocurrency in return for a decryption key.
People with disabilities have an integral role to play in South Africa’s economy, yet they remain a largely untapped talent pool in the country, mostly owing to ongoing stigmatisation and misconceptions.
CRS Technologies offers companies some advice on how to deal with this emerging phenomenon.
Currently, legislation allows for unpaid leave for fathers and organisations can implement their own paternity policies as long as they don’t contradict the law.
WhatsApp is so handy, so useful. You can quickly sort out problems and manage people from afar. You can also create problems and tear people apart.
In a complex juggling act that demands perfection and attention to detail, companies need to prioritise financial operations and governance, risk and compliance (GRC) to ensure they remain legislatively compliant and on track with legislative mandates.
While the Basic Conditions of Employment Act stipulates four types of regulated leave to which employees are entitled – annual leave, sick leave, family responsibility leave and parental leave – employers may choose to offer their staff various other forms of leave which are not governed by legislation.
Pressure on payroll administrators is mounting as the ripple effect of increased regulation, a strained economy and a skills shortage spreads throughout the labour market.
South Africa’s labour law is generally considered to be substantial and in-depth, covering a broad spectrum of rules and regulations. Legislation is now even more significant because of the importance placed on data use and protection, and the significance of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPIA) Act. So what happens in the event of a labour dispute and the use or misuse of confidentiality agreements?
It is a fact that COVID-related disruption to the workplace has given rise to a hybrid work model, a flexible arrangement whereby staff are allowed to work some of the time at home and some of the time at the office.
Digital technology has revolutionised traditional processes and procedures across most industries. Significantly, the payroll discipline has been radically changed and the days of having someone specifically assigned to look after this critical area of the business (and only this area) are over.
As businesses try to manage the realities of the post-pandemic workplace, they are being forced to deal with issues such as tax and HR regulation of digital nomads.
Technology will be the driving force in calls for a four-day work week.
The annual tax season commenced on 1 July and is in full swing. For most taxpayers, this time of the year is usually associated with a considerable amount of stress as they deal with the pressure of having to file returns by a deadline and then worry about whether and how much they will have to pay over to the government in taxes.
There are different types of warnings and it’s a good idea for human resource managers to keep up with updates and new developments.
The COVID-19 working challenge continues as companies and employees face a new challenge – office working without vaccination.
Think you can resign to avoid being dismissed? You’d be wrong.
Giving employees the ultimatum of ‘come back to the office or lose your job’ is very likely going to continue backfiring on the business.
The Employment Equity Act and Skills Development Act will not be enough to save businesses from failure if training and upskilling are only approached from a compliance perspective.
It may come as a surprise to some business leaders that empathy – or the ability to sense and understand (on some level) other people’s emotions – is actually a strength in the business world, not a weakness.
Being customer-centric today is non-negotiable – here’s how to do it
The picture of employment within the mining sector has changed.
Think a nudge and a wink are fine for the office? You’d be wrong (and may be up on harassment charges)
There are a whole host of issues that businesses have to deal with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – not least of which is the post COVID-19 battle to retain existing employees and attract new talent
CRS Technologies General Manager Ian McAlister offers his perspective and considerations related to this payroll management strategy.
CRS Technologies has partnered with QBIT, the developers of the eJobDesign job profiling and planning application that enables users to design, maintain and validate job structure information and apply it in workforce planning.
You don’t need to rip and replace existing payroll and human resource systems to gain innovative and modernised functionality
COVID-19 is leaving a traumatic mark on employees, regardless of whether they work from home or the office. A recent study undertaken by IQbusiness in September 2021 found that more than 66% of office-based employees may be suffering from excessive stress, anxiety and depression.
Tight and efficient payroll management throughout the year can transform year-end complexities and minimise errors
The Pension Funds Act offers employers and employees with clear insights and guidelines around how retirement funds are paid out, and what processes need to be followed in the event of a dispute.
Loss and grief have impacted everyone over the past two years, and companies need to provide leadership and understanding
The ubiquity of mobile devices is aiding employees to transform businesses into more efficient, agile, and productive operations. Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, discusses how this has led to the rise of tech-powered human resource and payroll solutions to help with employee management.
The pandemic has exacerbated addition and many employees are struggling
With many companies looking to enforce vaccine mandates for employees from the beginning of next year, Ian McAlister, General Manager at CRS Technologies, examines several of the key issues surrounding this.
Are your employees working longer hours and taking on more work now that they’re working from home?
Even though the concept of compulsory vaccinations is not new, the debate has been given a new focus following many local companies considering implementing vaccine mandates for employees from the new year.
Government is working hard to reach its target of vaccinating 67% of the country’s population by the end of this year.
There is no doubt it – these are challenging times for employers and employees alike.
Do your employees fully understand the processes behind payroll?
It is official – Monday, 1 November 2021 has been declared a national public holiday in South Africa by the country’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Is the business responsible for worker occupational health and safety during the era of work from home?
Employee hearings haven’t come to a halt in the pandemic, but is remote really the way to go?
Bad, disruptive or illicit behaviour can result in instant dismissal from your job, and impact your reputation
Remote working has triggered a fundamental change in digital working and nomads now rule the workplace
Payroll is one of the most important business functions but it needs resilience and flexibility to function effectively
Wearing a mask at work is not necessarily a violation of your personal rights, it could be mandated policy and a firing offence if not followed.
The line between employee rights and workplace safety is becoming increasingly blurred in a world where vax meets anti-vax
Make sure that your side hustle is legit before you lose your job over it
Tired. Exhausted. Fatigued. Worn out. Burned out. Done.
Undertaking strike action is one thing. Bringing weapons to that strike is entirely another.
The South African vaccine rollout has been expanded to include people over 50 years old. Nicol Myburgh, Head: CRS Technologies HCM Business Unit, discusses the obligations of companies when it comes to the vaccination, including providing days off for employees who need to get the jab and who may require sick leave if they experience any side effects.
Introduced by government in 2013, the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) scheme is designed to encourage employers to hire young work seekers by sharing costs. Even though it was only intended to run for three years, such was its success and the continued need to support youth employment, that government has extended it until 2029.
While digitalising a payroll has become a business imperative given the geographically dispersed workforce resulting from widespread lockdown conditions, it does not come without its share of challenges.
Contrary to popular belief, migrating to a digital payroll solution is not simply a case of copying and pasting data into a cloud environment.
Payroll solutions in South Africa must be modernised to benefit from the likes of cloud computing, robotic process automation (RPA), and artificial intelligence.
Think the chat you’ve had with a group of colleagues is a secret and won’t cost you your job and reputation? Think again…
With the scale and scope of remote working being largely governed by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations, it is not difficult to imagine the distributed environment becoming part of the status quo.
Ghost employees on a company’s payroll system ranks as the most difficult type of payroll fraud to detect, particularly in larger companies where no proper controls exist. Over time, this can pose a serious threat to the organisation’s profitability and sustainability, declares CRS Technologies general manager Ian McAlister.