After a slight break in transmission, we’re back and we’re fresher than ever! It has indeed been a busy period with a lot of energy directed at an exciting rebranding exercise. In line with the Centric Group strategy, CRS management was tasked with refreshing the brand and coming up with a new corporate identity that was more lively but also depicted our focus on employee excellence. After much debate and a brainstorming process that really made us think about how we have grown up as a business and what we stand for today, we settled on the new tag line ‘Real people solutions’. Read more about this process and our re-defined values below. Have a look at our website too and let us know what you think of the CRS facelift?

Last month I did a flying trip to the UK in my capacity as Chairman of SAPA, to attend the CIPP (Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals) conference. It was an excellent event with practitioners from around the world sharing ideas on payroll and legislation. It was interesting to note that the UK is only now getting to grips with electronic filing when we’ve been at it for some years already! Also valuable was hearing about industry trends. There is definitely a strong focus on getting HR and payroll practitioners more recognised as professionals who can add value to strategies and contribute to bottom line profitability.

This month we’re proud to announce the launch of iSight, an online employee alignment/engagement and recognition software. It’s one of its kind and neatly complements our existing HR offerings. Find more details on iSight below.

Finally, we have sadly said farewell to a few members of senior management in the past two months. Rest assured though that CRS is as strong and as committed as ever to your HR needs.


Until next time,

James McKerrell


Tax and legislation

South Africa

Labour changes on the 2014 horizon

Six labour bills are due to be promulgated which will change how companies approach policies and doing business. 

1. Tax Incentive Bill

2. Employment Equity Amendment Bill

3. Employment Services Bill

4. The Labour Relations Amendment Bill (LRAB)

5. The Basic Conditions Of Employment Amendment Bill

6. Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill

To learn more, click here.


New CRS offerings

iSight — best practice employee engagement from CRS

iSight is a smart employee engagement engine and best-practice framework for any enterprise – big or small. The system, hosted and supported over the internet on an inexpensive per user basis, makes it simple to connect every employee to your enterprise community and purpose. The system gives every employee a dashboard that links each employee’s role and outcomes to specific enterprise goals – and gives every employee the tools to track contributions and performance monthly. The system also makes it simple for enterprise community members to identify any contributions to the enterprise success and appreciate them meaningfully. iSight operates on a Microsoft platform and database, and integrates easily with enterprise systems.

Chat to your CRS consultant for more details on how to integrate iSight into your workplace.

CRS HR Business Unit — leverage our expertise and infrastructure and benefit from intelligent outsourced HR business tools

The CRS HR Business Unit brings you a seamless blend of outsourced HR services with a wealth of expertise. The unit uses the Consolidated Methodology principle to facilitate a structured approach to understanding, focused exclusively on HR processes.

Services include:

Business process re-engineering: helping organisations rethink how they work, helping to improve customer service, cut operational costs and become world-class competitors.

Full and part time HR outsourcing: a range of HR support services that give the client ‘part’ of a person when full time appointments are not practical. Services include HR audits, employee policy and procedure manuals, recruitment, job description services, job evaluation, disciplinary processes, employee surveys, and legislative reporting.

Specialised Compensation: review of current remuneration policies, evaluation of jobs and refinement of job descriptions, analysis of your current structures against market data, and the implementation, correction and communication of policy changes.

HR metrics and statistics: helping HR leaders to demonstrate the direct impact of their initiatives by investing in stronger analytics, ensuring that investments result in tangible business outcomes.


CRS gets a facelift

Introducing our refreshed brand and values

Our new brand identity embodies our personality and the essence of “real people solutions”. Our strength and our competitive advantage is — and always will be — people.

We are different from our competitors in that we really do care about people, it’s not just about delivering a solution, we take care in listening to clients and providing consistent, dependable and innovative client centric solutions.

The new logo reflects our values, expressed through a series of overlaid congruent circles with the yellow, blues, green and teal shades representing the collaboration and passion of a people-centred business offering.

In short, we think it’s fresh, vibrant, sleek and confident—a perfect representation of the business CRS has matured into and the team that serves it!



We continue to offer a selection of training on the CRS modules. Please click here for the dates and venues.

Don’t forget that we can also tailor legislative training to specific organisational needs. To find out more, chat to Nicolette in our Gauteng office or mail her on