Author Archive for: Karissa

How to encourage staff to speak up

Companies that work on a culture that encourages people to speak up when something bothers them are stronger and more resilient than those that discourage dialogue, says Helen Vermaak, business director at The Human Edge She says, “These companies were able to make quick pivots to confront the need to change, creating a feeling of safety to talk about things

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How to benefit from lifelong learning

Companies that employ lifelong learners have the edge in a constantly changing environment “Lifelong learners will be the most important assets of tomorrow’s most successful businesses, helping them to grow and innovate at a time of rapid and constant change… BUT there is a shared responsibility between employers and employees while you can create an enabling environment and deliver the

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HOW TO PRIORITISE MENTAL HEALTH OF WORKERS

Remote working is likely to remain part of our lives even when we return to some version of normality, and this means companies need to maximise the benefits and minimise the disadvantages “For many people, social isolation, the lack of corporate structure and disruption of their support arrangements (such as schools closing for lockdowns) are beginning to bite,” says Jeff

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HOW TO DEVELOP A VACCINE POLICY FOR WORK

As the rollout of vaccinations gathers pace, employers are eager to know whether they can order employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19 “The Department of Labour has published guidelines stipulating that Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory by employers, but this raises a number of questions, including whether or not any organisation can implement such a policy,” says Louise Woodburn,

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HOW TO DEAL WITH DISHONEST STAFF

None of us is completely honest, though mostly it’s white lies such as saying we don’t mind helping a colleague with a task when we really do – some people’s lies are more destructive “It is something different when we are blatantly lied to, to benefit the liar. You have the controls in your hand. Choose not to tolerate the

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How to Handle the Move Back to the Office

After almost 18 months of remote working, getting back to the office will not be a seamless process “There are no precedents to follow in the aftermath of a global pandemic [but there are some] ‘must do’ actions that corporations, large and small, should consider when attracting new employees and welcoming back old staff,” says Linda Trim, director at workplace

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HOW TO HELP EMPLOYEES AVOID BURNOUT

Working from home can mean employees are always available to work – If this is not addressed, it can lead to employee burnout “The lines between home and work have been blurred, and it has proved increasingly difficult to maintain work-life balance,” says Sandra Orta, general manager for SA and head of the management center for Sub-Saharan Africa at Roche

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