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The 2024 Office – balancing flexibility and collaboration

The futurist, Alvin Toffler, said we must “learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

The office space is an area that management has to be flexible about if they want to attract and retain young, vibrant employees. It’s no good thinking what has worked for many years, is still the way it works today.

Future office spaces are shaped by a delicate balance between flexibility and collaboration. As technology continues to redefine the workplace, the debate between working from the office and working from home continues.

Putting people and purpose at the heart of business

Article written by Colin Timmis (Xero - South Africa Country Manager)

The fifth annual State of South Africa Small Business report 2022 by Xero found that 95% of business owners have experienced stress in running their businesses. Undoubtedly every late payment, supply chain issue, and government decision over the past two years has placed additional stress on the owners of small businesses.

5 myths business owners have about staff

Article provided by ActionCOACH

Staff, employees, or team members; sometimes also referred to as aliens (well at least referred to as aliens by me), are always an interesting subject. They are the easiest and best way to leverage any business but often also come with issues, stress points, frustrations, and all sorts of hang-ups in the mind of the business owner. Following quite a few of these conversations recently about staff, I thought I’d help bust some of the myths business owners have around staff in general. These are just a few of the recent things I’ve heard:

Don’t sacrifice experienced and talented for short term gain warns, says Pro Talent’s Cindy Norcott

Article provided by Cindy Norcott

Right now, as business owners are being bombarded by rising costs and even natural disasters, the easy way out seems to be cutting the wage bill to contain costs. But businesses need to take a longer-term view and not simply retrench – they need to bite the bullet and invest in the future. That often includes retaining experienced and skilled staff.

Business coach, motivational speaker, author and entrepreneur, Cindy Norcott, created her company, ProTalent in the iconic year of 1994 at the age of just 23. Since then, she has experienced, first hand, a turbulent economy that has stretched from the years of euphoria and plenty post the appointment of Nelson Mandela as president to the doom and gloom of the state capture years and, now, the difficulties of post pandemic survival.

Overtime, commission, and bonuses: what you need to know

Article by Inge Barry (contributing freelance writer for Sage)

Setting up a payroll structure is a critical component of the payroll function to ensure that your employees are paid the correct salary in addition to overtime, commissions, and bonuses.

Payroll managers must understand the fundamental principles of additional compensation to provide informed advice when developing policies and to ensure employees are correctly compensated or rewarded.

5 ways to avoid bad hires

When we hire a person to work for our business, we may use a lot of time, money, and human resources to get the right person for our business. If this person doesn’t work out, then we will need to go through the process again and spend even more resources to get another person. It is therefore crucial, especially for small businesses, to make sure the hire is a great fit for your business from the start but how do you avoid bad hires? Let’s look at five ways.

Fixed-term contract employee or full-time employee: which is it?

Article provided by SEESA

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainty in most instances, like when to appoint someone as a part-time employee or full-time employee.

As the economy is hankering toward the “normal”, meaning pre-COVID-19, employers may be sceptical about appointing full-time employees for fear of another hard lockdown on businesses and not being able to pay salaries to employees. Such fear may push employers to lean towards appointing people on a limited duration contract, making them part-time employees or not even calling them employees at all.

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