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SA must address worker health and education simultaneously, says Accsys

May 17th 2012, 07:18

SA must address worker health and education simultaneously, says Accsys

People development specialists believe the global trend of focusing on health and education of individuals, from a young age, is the best way to equip future workers to handle the pressures of the modern market.

Authorities in Scandinavian countries like Finland have helped to shed light on this aspect of human resource development. In these countries, there is an emphasis on addressing both physical and education needs in children – the rationale being that sound physical conditioning ensures that youngsters are more susceptible and receptive to learning.

Local people management specialists and HR management service providers believe this approach can help address issues like skills shortages and the impact of ill-health on labour - particularly in developing markets like South Africa.

“Education and health should be priorities within labour-intensive markets like we have in this country. These are primary needs for people. If we are to achieve equality and balance in the workplace and build a sustainable future, we need a labour force of healthy and skilled people,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO at Accsys.

Accsys, a member of the Business Connexion Group (BCX), is a national supplier of people management software and hardware solutions within the HR, payroll and time & attendance space.

Based on the company’s extensive knowledge of recruitment and corporate management best practices, a healthy, educated employee is perceived to be more of an asset to business and the economy in general.

To this end businesses continue to support employees in their efforts to acquire further skills and achieve work/life balance.

Technology has a major role to play here says Schroenn. “There is a marked increase in interest and investment in eLearning and the value of this channel in acquiring online payroll qualifications, for example. Online is immediate, far-reaching and does not require extensive resources and support.”

Accsys says the market needs skilled labourers and quickly. Online tuition and eLearning has emerged as an important resource to bypass traditional logistic issues, such as distance, access to resources and cost.

Stakeholders in education, business and HR development have their work cut out for them says Accsys management. However, if all parties can work together, socio-economic growth and market maturity are likely.

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