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Smartphones drive HR automation for SMEs in Africa

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Smartphones are enabling the automation of people administration and human resources for small businesses. Latest smartphone capabilities are providing SMEs with options to explore new and innovative ways of automating businesses. It's forecasted that there will be more than 635 million mobile subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa. This is predicted to rise to 930 million by late 2019 - where it is estimated that three in four mobile subscriptions will have internet access. This internet connectivity is revolusionising automation for SMEs.

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A quick guide to HR analytics

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The traditional business analysis tools available to HR executives often limit their ability to shape company strategy and provide little more than the ability to scrutinise backward-looking efficiency metrics to gauge success. When one compares a business' payroll costs to its overall expenses, however, it becomes evident that its people are its most valuable assets. With this in mind, it becomes critical to provide HR directors with a set of comprehensive analytical tools that simplify the processing of relevant data and promote the realisation of valuable business intelligence.

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The ethical dilemma in social media

Social media platforms – such as Facebook and Twitter - are becoming a popular communication trend in business and a pastime that many employees are becoming addicted to. Unfortunately, the trend sometimes comes with unforeseen ethical dilemmas for your business. One bad tweet or inappropriate Facebook post by one of your employees could end up hurting your sales, image and staff. Although social media has many benefits for your company there are a number of potentially thorny ethical issues you have to watch out for when venturing out onto these platforms.

Social media platforms – such as Facebook and Twitter - are becoming a popular communication trend in business and a pastime that many employees are becoming addicted to. Unfortunately, the trend sometimes comes with unforeseen ethical dilemmas for your business. One bad tweet or inappropriate Facebook post by one of your employees could end up hurting your sales, image and staff. Although social media has many benefits for your company there are a number of potentially thorny ethical issues you have to watch out for when venturing out onto these platforms.

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Social intelligence in a digital world

Social intelligence is simply defined, by Karl Albrecht, as the ability to get along well with others and to get them to cooperate with you. The definition in itself requires a degree of personal involvement and interaction and includes an awareness of situations and the social dynamics that regulate it, which are often called 'people smarts'. Albrecht further classifies behaviour towards others as 'nourishing' or 'toxic'. A nourishing effect contributes to feelings of value, respect, affirmation, encouragement and competence. Toxic behaviour makes others feel angry or devalued.  How can this translate into our today's digital world? Perhaps through gamification?

Social intelligence is simply defined, by Karl Albrecht, as the ability to get along well with others and to get them to cooperate with you. The definition in itself requires a degree of personal involvement and interaction and includes an awareness of situations and the social dynamics that regulate it, which are often called 'people smarts'. How can this translate into today's digital world? Perhaps through gamification?

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Embrace HR technology to enable your workforce digitally

Roughly 17 years ago –the pre-Google age – there was not much of a relationship between HR technology and business. But since Google's launch, there has been a flood of HR technology revolutions, for example, LinkedIn was formed and smartphones entered the market. HR technology and your workforce are now driving the decisions that are made when we engage internally and externally in our businesses. This means digitally enabling your workforce will result in better execution, innovation and agility which, in turn, will transform your business into a high-performing organisation (HPO).

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