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Canada-based tech start-up, CostCertified, has announced the opening of their new headquarters in Cape Town’s city centre. Providing a first-of-its-kind cost estimating software for the residential construction industry, CostCertified joins over 550 firms in Africa’s Silicon Valley. The company aims to provide at least 300 jobs for locals over the next two years.

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Over the past year, many companies have put their proverbial feet down – come back to the office, or else. They’ve demanded that their employees walk away from a significantly better quality of life and back into traffic jams, road rage, early mornings and, perhaps most uncomfortably, wearing masks for up to 12 hours a day. This hasn’t delivered the reaction that these companies were expecting. Most have simply resigned. The Great Resignation, first noticed in 2021, is now in full flow as people leave their existing employment in search of companies that pay attention to what they want.

business employees discussing talent shortage in a meeting

The Employment Equity Act and Skills Development Act will not be enough to save businesses from failure if training and upskilling are only approached from a compliance perspective. Owners, leaders and managers must commit to training their staff with a view to gaining competitive advantage.

Research from Mckinsey and Manpower Group shows that training must be part of business strategy. Going beyond what is required by law must be the minimum employers should do to upskill their employees. A different approach is needed – but what does this entail?

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Even before the pandemic, people complained the open plan office was noisy and distracting and it wasn’t uncommon to hear people say they were going home to work because they could not find a place to concentrate in the office. 

“Fast forward to 2022, and the problem has only worsened,“ said Linda Trim, Director at Giant Leap, one of South Africa’s largest workplace design consultancies. 

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Youth Day in South Africa presents an opportunity to reflect on how far we have progressed as a nation, as well as the challenges we face.

There’s no doubt that after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the youth in South Africa face significant headwinds when it comes to finding jobs.

With an unemployment rate that has accelerated to 35%, we need to do everything we can to upskill our citizens, using every means possible.

construction

In an extremely competitive industry characterised by ever tightening budgets and decreasing profit margins, construction companies need to start getting creative with their marketing, not just to survive, but to grow their businesses and build better brands.

Marketing has proven to be an effective investment in business success, says Databuild CEO Morag Evans. “A sound marketing strategy puts your company on the map and ensures that it remains at the forefront of the construction marketplace.”

This being said, marketing doesn’t come easy to construction companies.

office workplace

South Africa’s Government has ended the COVID-19 State of Disaster, but now that employees have experienced remote working, many don’t want to return to the office, leading companies to opt for hybrid work. As a result of the pandemic, employees are more willing to leave a job should they be unhappy, prompting employers to ensure they cultivate an optimal working environment to retain top talent in 2022 and beyond.

person resigning from job

There are a whole host of issues that businesses have to deal with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – not least of which is the post COVID-19 battle to retain existing employees and attract new talent. Yes, the so-called Great Resignation, described as a post-pandemic movement, is real and is piling on the pressure for business leaders and human resource managers in businesses that are also trying to navigate their way to digitalisation and back to whatever ‘normal’ they can recreate.

NFC technology

You may not know what the acronym stands for, but chances are, you are already benefiting from this technology.

NFC or near field communication allows devices (smartphones, laptops and smart devices) to communicate by sharing data wirelessly. The catch – this exchange of data has a limited range of a few centimetres unlike Wifi or Bluetooth.

But don't overlook this technology. The limited range provides maximum security (as will be explained) and this technology packs a power punch when it comes to convenience.

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In a consulting environment, engagement translates to the willingness of an employee to represent the organisational brand and give it their best when it comes to dealing with clients. This engagement is a direct reflection of their passion and satisfaction in being part of the business.

employers spotting and retaining talent in the workplace

Many Managers will tell you that one of their greatest challenges is to get and retain top talent. No business wants to have a high staff turnover. It’s not only costly, time consuming, hampers productivity and decreases staff morale, but also shows that your company is not a good place to work at.

job search on laptop

New graduates find themselves in the unique position of having entered higher education with certain expectations for their student years and career path, but then having to suddenly adapt to a whole new paradigm of online learning and facing a very different jobs marketplace from the one they originally envisioned when they graduated at the end of last year.

sales consultant making a sale

A lot of companies concentrate on training the salesperson on the hard facts and features of the product or service they must sell.

co-workers being upskilled

Though the terms are close cousins, there are significant differences between upskilling and reskilling in the corporate world, and it’s crucial to set them apart when developing your online training and e-learning programmes as they have unique objectives. While upskilling means learning new skills and competencies, reskilling involves a shift in career trajectory. For example, an employee may need to reskill if they switch departments or take on new responsibilities.

employees discussing business model strategy

Climate change and sustainability are forcing people to think differently and, as a result, stakeholder priorities are changing. Increasingly, stakeholders are demanding more from organisations than a commitment to short-term profitability. 

Every organisation is going to need to adapt to understand what this change in value perception means to them and to pivot what they do today to support wider environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes in the future. 

We see six key ways businesses can benefit by moving to more sustainable business models.

hybrid working co-workers

With hybrid work, the workplace is no longer inside the four walls of the corporate office—it’s an ecosystem of employees working from home, in co-working spaces, and the office.

“It offers employees the autonomy to choose to work wherever and however they are most productive,” said Linda Trim, Director at Giant Leap, one of South Africa’s largest workplace design consultancies. 

What are the top five job skills every company will be looking for in 2022 and beyond? 

Emotional intelligence

This is something that organizations have been looking for in job applicants and it is becoming more and more important. Our ability to understand our own emotions, express them, understand someone else's emotions is something everyone should be focusing on.

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While South Africa’s unemployment rate soared to a new record high of 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021, the quandary is there is a lack of qualified people for career jobs that are available. Companies in a position to hire are battling to recruit the skills they need due to a lack of skilled and experienced candidates, particularly those aligned to their transformation goals.

Here's today's question: "How do great managers lead effective meetings?"

Something that all managers have to do is lead meetings and we can all agree that we've been in meetings before that were less than enjoyable. As a leader, you want to make sure that you're leading meetings that are effective.

Tip One

Does your body language communicate honesty and confidence? Not sure? Find out what you're saying through your non-verbal cues.

If you are struggling to land a job your non-verbal communication might be the cause.

In the video '7 body language tips to impress at your next job interview' you'll learn what your body movements really say about you and how to bring the right message across without saying a word.

Follow these tips to ace your next interview:

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Latest Articles

job opportunity

Canada-based tech start-up, CostCertified, has announced the opening of their new headquarters in Cape Town’s city centre.

employees working at the office

Over the past year, many companies have put their proverbial feet down – come back to the office, or else.

business employees discussing talent shortage in a meeting

The Employment Equity Act and Skills Development Act will not be enough to save businesses from failure if training and upskilling are only

hybrid working laptop

Even before the pandemic, people complained the open plan office was noisy and distracting and it wasn’t uncommon to hear people say they were

students enrolling in courses

Youth Day in South Africa presents an opportunity to reflect on how far we have progressed as a nation, as well as the challenges we face.

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