Everyone’s attitude to this year has been “please let’s end this year, let’s start a new!”

I would like to challenge you to use the lessons learnt and make the most of what is left of this year! There is so much we have learnt this year because of the pandemic. It has bought out the best and the worst in people. Everyone one of us have had to face ourselves and dig deep. We have had to ask questions such as What is my purpose? Am I doing what I want? Have I taken my job for granted?

The nationwide lockdown will be a testing time for all South Africans. It is of utmost importance during this testing time to ensure your physical and mental health is taken care of. Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to work remotely, wherever that might be.

You have put hours into landing this opportunity. Now you have the job, how do you start on the right foot to live up to the long-term expectations set out for you?

Mental health issues are one of the most crippling experiences to have especially in a stressful working environment.

 

The people struggling with their mental health may be right in your sphere of influence without you even knowing about it. Your friends, colleagues, neighbours or even your family members. We spend the majority of the hours in our day with our colleagues – how would you know who is struggling with their mental health?

In our world today, human connection is more important than ever. We have to view the digitalisation of business as a way of making our work lives more efficient. It is critical that leaders, look for synergies that drive better business outcomes. Many leaders grapple with how to prepare a business for the future that enables digitalisation and people.

We are all confronted with productivity issues on a daily basis and there are only 24 hours in day.

A recent study conducted by Forbes highlights that "the best way to ensure the development of new ideas is through a diverse and inclusive workforce". A diverse workplace (in terms of age, race, religion, nationality, and sexual orientation) and inclusivity in the form of leveraging on these differences is therefore integral to the success of any organization.

Many of these will sound obvious to most people, but you’d be surprised at how often candidates ruin their own chances of landing that super new role by getting these things badly wrong!

With the shock and fear that has come with this invisible enemy (Covid-19), many individuals and businesses have had to adapt to survive the many challenges faced during this time.

In 2011, I was determined to open a small Niche Human Capital Firm, having opened and built schools prior to this and having spent time in corporate South Africa I was ready to jump and open a new small business. All I can say is that it has been the hardest but most rewarding challenge that I have ever faced, besides being a parent of course.

It is critical in today’s competitive job market that one is aware of pitfalls that one can avoid. This list is all about the CLM’s (Career Limiting Moves) that are most common.

The Sowetan Uprising in 1976, a sad but important reminder of the day thousands of students were ambushed by the apartheid regime. Let us remember this day to affect a positive change with the influence of the Youth in South Africa

Emotional Intelligence (EI) can be defined as the capacity to be aware of one’s emotions, to control and understand one’s emotions and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. In other words, it is the ability to recognize one’s own and others’ emotions and to respond in an appropriate manner. It consists of self-awareness, social awareness, self -management and relationship management.

As an executive, a cover letter is a crucial part of your job search package.

Standing out from thousands of highly skilled individuals’ can be understandably difficult, especially during these uncertain times.

The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs report revealed that in South Africa women in early-stage entrepreneurial activity dropped by 15.7% in 2018. This essentially means that only 18.8% of business owners are female in the country, compared to 46.4% in Ghana, which is ranked as the country with the highest women-led companies in the report. This number can be turned around, should the right support be provided to aspiring female entrepreneurs.

For many South African organizations, the 1st of May 2020 comes with mixed emotions such as; fear, confusion, and for most company’s excitement of finally bringing in revenue. With approximately 1.5 million workers expecting to return to work many ask if this will be safe or not?

Hiring a diverse team not only improves the company’s reputation but it also improves productivity levels and increases profits through various sources of knowledge.