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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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?

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.

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