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5 Effective Employee Retention…

"Great vision without great people is irrelevant."  As any good HR head or CEO knows, good hires are the key to a successful company. Good employees are an invaluable asset to a company, and can mean the difference between failure and success. But as good talent is in short supply, keeping those talented workers loyal and satisfied can be more complicated than you think. Company culture, wage disputes and so much more can easily lead to employees leaving your enterprise. High employee turnover is a colossal drain on the financial resources and staff of a company- some experts estimate that it can cost an employer double an employee’s salary to replace them when they quit! By losing key employees, you risk limiting productivity, losing money and damaging morale. That’s why it is so critical for ALL companies to implement employee retention strategies to keep their top talent. Read on to discover the 5 strategies we believe critical to retaining your top talent! Five Strategies to retain Your Employees: Make salaries and benefits competitive Remuneration is often the chief reason employees seek new opportunities, and low remuneration can lead to employees feeling undervalued and unappreciated. Make sure that salaries are set at a competitive industry standard, and consider offering benefits. Benefits don’t always have to be monetary- consider offering work-at-home days,  childcare support and insurance options. Keep expectations and policies clear..

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How Your Company Can…

It’s been a challenging but good year for your business and it’s time to give back! Charitable giving offers businesses and employees a chance to stop and reflect, and give back to the community that’s fostered you.  What’s more, giving back boosts employee morale, benefits the community and can also benefit your company’s reputation! Rope in all your employees and get ready to share in the joy this festive season! Here are 6 ways your business can give back this holiday season: Set up food parcels Simple but incredibly impactful, food parcels are a great way to think of others this festive season. Set up a collection point where your employees can donate tinned or non-perishable foodstuffs which can be handed out to local homeless shelters, orphanages, refugee centres or more. Gifts for underprivileged children ‘Tis the season for giving, as they say! Spread a bit of festive cheer by collecting gifts for children in your community that might otherwise not receive anything. A small gift can do wonders for making a child feel special and is always appreciated. Donate a percentage of your profits Give a little extra this December by donating a percentage of your profits to a deserving charity or NGO. Even a small percentage can go far and will mean the world to a hard-working charitable organisation. Volunteer your time Combine team building and charity through..

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Signs that You Need…

You’ve been thinking about a career change, dwelling on the problems at work and feeling stuck and uninspired. But how do you know whether what you’re experiencing is part of the normal ups and downs of work or whether it’s time to move on and find a new job? Warning signs that you might need to consider a career change: You feel trapped Does heading into the office make you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Feeling trapped is a sign that your job isn’t what you need it to be. Employers who feel trapped might be facing situations with few opportunities for professional development or growth, which can be restricting for long term career potential. You’re constantly exhausted- both physically and emotionally Are you feeling tired, heavy and drained of energy? A classic signal that you might need to make some career-changes are physical and mental exhaustion. If you find that your job or your workplace constantly drains you, it might be time to move on. You’re not being compensated fairly Money isn’t everything, but it is critical to ensure that you are being paid what you are worth. Wage unhappiness can easily permeate every aspect of your job, creating resentment, lowering the quality of your work and damaging relationships with your boss or co-workers. In contrast, if you’re only staying at a..

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The Most Valuable Job…

How has your job changed over the past 20 years? Did your current position exist two decades ago? Modern workplaces are changing, and the jobs and skills in demand are undergoing dramatic changes. For most employees, skill rejuvenation is something they mainly consider in the middle of their careers but the changes coming to the job sector may encourage all workers to reassess and update their skillset. The fourth industrial revolution is set to herald in a new era of employment and skills training. New developments are changing how companies do business, manufacturers produce goods, and so much more. Experts have predicted that by 2025, we will lose around 5 million jobs to automation. It’s not all negative, however, as the changes will also bring in a wide range of new jobs and career fields.  Experts will agree that although there will be some job loss due to automation and artificial intelligence, human skills will never become completely redundant. Why are we experiencing change? The current changes can be ascribed to a number of factors, the most important being technology and the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. The main advantage of the fourth industrial revolution is that the world is more interconnected than ever before, enabling us to work remotely and connect with workers from around the world with ease. 5 skills that will help you thrive during the..

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Become the Change you…

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.” These words, first spoken by Mahatma Gandi, are a powerful reminder of the impact that individuals can make, and how one person can often serve as the catalyst for wondrous change. Creating change is not always easy, but it is often desperately needed. If you see processes you disagree with, judgements you think are unfair or business practices you think are unethical, it’s important to voice your concerns and promote impactful changes. By encouraging improvements, you’re not only creating better workplaces, but ensuring that the world is a better place. Creating change or enacting new initiatives can often feel like an uphill battle. This is especially true when it comes to creating change in the workplace, where role-players may feel uninspired to react and oppose what is unfamiliar.  That’s why we’ve set out these three handy tips to keep you on track. Focus on the baby steps Fostering change is often more of a marathon than a sprint; don’t forget that things take time. Smaller changes can often be easier to achieve than larger or more dramatic ones and can still be a force for good. Communicate your vision It’s hard to create change when you’re the only one who knows what you want to do. Share your vision and goals with others to ensure that they know how they..

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The Jobs Sector in…

2019 has been a busy and sometimes difficult year for South Africa; elections, protests, problems with Eskom, an ongoing crisis at SAA and so much more.  These setbacks have attracted alarm from jobseekers, investors and business and while they are worrisome, they are fortunately not the whole story. South Africa has also seen economic rebounds, state entities under new leadership, strong recoveries from sectors like mining, growth in private consumption expenditure and more. Read on for a few insights into jobs and the overall economy for 2019, going into 2020. In a recent report by the South African government, it was reported that the formal job sector has seen a decrease in employment in the second quarter of 2019. Full-time employment reportedly decreased by 26 000 and part-time employment increased by 24 000. This decrease has been ascribed to decreases in manufacturing, business services, electricity, construction and trade. Some experts have predicted a rosier outlook for 2020 however, with expectations of accelerated growth as electricity cuts and constraints are potentially lifted.  Analysts are currently placing growth at a predicted 1.3% in 2020, and 1.7% in 2021. The decreases in jobs over the second quarter of 2019 are very alarming, however, total employment still increased year-on-year, between June 2018 and June 2019, with an increase of 1,4%. Certain sectors and performing better than others, and are showing the potential for growth. These are..

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How In-Demand Career Skills…

The job market is constantly changing and evolving, adapting to the fluctuating needs of society and economic demands. South Africa faces a changing workforce, with new employment needs identified and new positions opening up frequently. Active job seekers can expect to see employers updating their position requirements and seeking employees that enable them to meet the demands of the modern business environment and keep up with international standards and norms. The World Economic Forum has identified a list of the ten skills that will be most in-demand in the year 2020, in their report entitled the “Future of Jobs. Top 10 Skills Needed in 2020 Complex problem solvingCritical thinkingCreativityPeople managementCoordinating with othersEmotional intelligence (Not present on the 2015 list)Judgment and decision makingService orientationNegotiationCognitive flexibility (Not present on the 2015 list) Top 10 Skills Needed in 2015 Complex problem solvingCoordinating with othersPeople managementCritical thinkingNegotiationQuality control (not present on the 2020 list)Service orientationJudgment and decision makingActive listening (not present on the 2020 list)Creativity Of the skills that have become more important, creativity has quickly risen, growing from a 10th place ranking in 2015, to 3rd in 2020. Emotional intelligence is an interesting newcomer to the list, quickly rising into 6th place. The following positions are currently trending and showing high demand: Staff recruitment/selectionSoftware developmentBookkeeping The following sectors are currently showing high demand, which is likely set to continue as we head into..

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How to Negotiate for…

You’ve worked hard this year, given 110% of yourself, and you’ve started thinking: “maybe it’s time for a raise?” Negotiating a pay rise can be a stressful task, but it is one which is vital for every employee and worker.   Preparation is key for wage talks, and you’ll need to do your research before you schedule that meeting with your boss. Before you go, here’s what you need to know for a wage increase negotiation: Know the value of your role What is the going rate for your position, and how are colleagues in similar positions remunerated? You’ll need to do some digging to find these numbers, and don’t forget to consider that different regions offer different salaries: the salaries in your area are the ones to take note of. Stay calm It’s a tough task, and one that depends on keeping a cool head. No matter the outcome of the conversation, always remain professional and courteous. Don’t let emotions overwhelm you, and go in ready to compromise. Track and consider your accomplishments This is a useful task for any employee: throughout the year, track and make note of your most successful projects. Once you’re in front of your supervisor or boss, it’s time to use those projects as examples of your good performance and help quantify your value to the company. Consider other benefits There are more options..

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