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Volume 29, Issue 1, 2005
Importance of human resource management for financial investment decision-making : an investment management perspectiveSource: South African Journal of Labour Relations 29, pp 4 –25 (2005)More Less
Human resource management can make a direct and economically significant contribution to the quality of working life and enterprise performance. It is therefore of prime importance to consider risk factors relating to human resource practices in order to be able to take a comprehensive financial investment decision. The risk factors concerned relate to recruitment and selection practices, the participation of employees in decision-making, the sharing of information between the employer and the employees, the financial empowerment of employees, the development of human resources, the existence of reasonable working conditions as well as to employment equity. The views of the participating investment practitioners on these aspects are analysed against the background of relevant literature. The responses with reference to these labour-related risks in manual and knowledge worker enterprises are presented simultaneously and significant similarities and differences are highlighted. The paper concludes with recommendations on investment management, enterprises listed on the JSE Securities Exchange South Africa, political role players, and human resource management regarding their perceived impact on labour-related risks in organisations.
Author F. HorwitzSource: South African Journal of Labour Relations 29, pp 26 –52 (2005)More Less
The challenge of globalisation and increasing competition has sparked a debate on whether national policy-makers and organisations are capable of ensuring that historically disadvantaged groups gain greater representation in organisations. A similar challenge is that of affording equality of opportunity to members of increasingly diverse labour forces in the global economy. The juxtaposition of the dual imperatives of competitiveness and high performance on the one hand, and workplace justice and equity on the other is especially challenging in an emergent market like South Africa. In this country a redress of past discrimination in the labour market in respect of skills development, and discriminatory employment practices has to take place without prejudice to the need for associated productivity improvement and increased global competitiveness (Webster & Omar 2003). These twin imperatives tend to be perceived as mutually exclusive by certain employers, but it is argued here that it is important to redress discrimination while at the same time boosting productivity if a high-skill economic model is to be followed. Particularly relevant is the nature and extent of trade union involvement in these processes, which is the focus of this study.
Source: South African Journal of Labour Relations 29, pp 53 –71 (2005)More Less
There is a wide variety of psychological wellness constructs and correlation studies may promote a clear and valid understanding of them. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between two wellness constructs, emotional intelligence and self-actualisation. <br>The sample consisted of 71 employees from the South African mining industry. Participants were assessed using the BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (BarOn EQ-i) to measure emotional intelligence and the Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) to measure self-actualisation. Participants also completed a biographical questionnaire. <br>Pearson 's product moment correlation coefficients between the five composite scales on the BarOn EQ-i and the 12 POI scales led to rejection of the alternative hypothesis. The research hypothesis was partially substantiated by the results, which show a significant statistical relationship between some emotional intelligence factors and some self- actualisation factors. Predominantly positive correlations emerged between adaptability and intrapersonal behaviour, as an integral part of an individual 's emotional intelligence with most areas of self-actualisation. Major limitations of the study relate to the construct validity of the POI and the fact that the small sample size negatively affects the generalisability of the results.