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Labour Law Amendments Are Devastating!

Posted By APSO, Monday, 01 June 2015
Updated: Friday, 29 May 2015

Labour Law Amendments Are Devastating!

Business Brief

The newly amended Labour Relations Act (effective since 1 January 2015) are having  devastating impact not only on the national recruitment and staffing industry but also on the national country’s unemployment rate – which the act itself seeks to relive – if they continue to be interpreted by some stakeholders in a narrow light.

Amendments cause uncertainty

The amendments to the act have caused uncertainty in the market and has been highlighted as likely to cost the country 254 000 jobs. The interpretation of and uncertainty surrounding these amendments has already resulted in the folding of a number of small to medium sized recruitment companies – a number of which are Black-owned – and as a result, goes against government’s intention to support and grow Black business.

In compliance with the Labour Relations Amendments Act, No 6 of 2014 (LRAA) -  which aims to streamline the country’s labour environment and protect vulnerable workers – South African businesses are required to adjust the way in which they have traditionally employed and managed staff in their organisations.

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5 Skills every Mnager Needs

Posted By APSO, Friday, 16 May 2014

5 Skills Every Manager Needs

According to the New England College, modern managers need to have these five skills to succeed and given today’s staffing environment, these speak directly to us too:

     Evaluating the complex business environment

Less than half of CEOs believe that their companies are prepared to deal with the ever-increasing complexity of business and that investment should be made into understanding the threats and opportunities the changes present.


2.   Cultivating strategic thinking and innovation

Only 26% of Millennials believe that business leaders effectively foster innovation and yet 2 out of 3 consider innovation a key attractor when considering employment.


3.   Managing projects effectively

Not enough companies achieved their organisational goals in 2011 and largely in part to the inability to manage costs and resources effectively to ensure profitability. Risk management, especially in turbulent times, is a critical component in project management.


4.   Managing change and uncertainty

Quick decision-making is the most critical factor in succeeding through change, with high performance organisations 54% more likely to respond to change through rapid, yet considered, decision making.


5.   Shaping the organisation’s future

Encouraging innovation and rewarding creativity leads to engaged employees who look for opportunities, rather than excuses, in dynamic business environments. And with just 1 in 5 companies rewarding this creativity, you have the opportunity to attract future leaders into your business now. 

Tags:  APSO  APSOgram  business environment  change  innovation  management  skills  strategic thinking  uncertainty 

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