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How to get to understand your organisation

Ask most people what they think an organisation looks like and they will provide you with an organogram. Organisations need structures. They inform everyone who reports to whom, what each person’s role is in the organisation, and it provides a logical way of assigning work.


People management: Art or science


Considering the definition of the word ‘art’, one is confronted with several meanings describing human activities varying from decorative to performance art and from the written word all the way to construction. What seemed interesting is that most definitions referenced human responses: love, hate, like, dislike and many other reactions mainly describing polarities in opinion. 


HIV stigma and discrimination in the workplace

While the HIV stigma and discrimination in broader society has been fairly widely researched, there is little research about HIV stigma and discrimination in the workplace and how people living with HIV experience stigma and discrimination. This article focuses on an important study on the topic.


Using communications appropriately

Today’s workforce makes use of various forms of communication, such as SMS, instant messaging, e-mail, phone calls, and social media platforms. If used incorrectly, however, it is ultimately the company represented that stands to undergo a loss of reputation. How then, can HR managers ensure that their staff are using communications appropriately?


Employee relations as a strategic priority

Employee Relations in South Africa focuses primarily on the collective relationships between unions and employers. These relationships are largely fractious and conflict ridden. History has a large part to play in the development of these circumstances, but things aren’t changing. In fact, conflict in this area has almost become a way of life. Whilst there is always an expected element of conflict in the employment relationship, it seems to be a predominant theme instead of one part of the arrangement.