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3 Reasons Why I’m Optimistic About 2021

Although it’s only January, the year 2021 is already providing its share of challenges.  Global Covid-19 infections are rising at an alarming rate and lockdowns continue to disrupt family, social and business life; the US Presidential election fall-out has escalated to storming of the Capitol by angry citizens, and trade tensions continue between China and

Retaining your staff in 2021

In a tight economy, employee retention is one of many (if not the most critical) issues employers are facing. The costs of employee turnover is a lot higher than just their salary. Team productivity, engagement, culture, hiring costs and many other “soft costs” need to be considered when losing an employee. What can employers do

Adapting it is human nature

Adapting – it is just human nature!

7 insights into how Covid has influenced the employee life cycle: Adapting – it is just human nature! So, if 2020 has taught us anything it is that we must adapt to change in a VUCA environment. I am lucky enough to be part of an organisation where we deal with a wide variety of

If HR were a science fiction movie…

Imagine how the HR or People and Culture functions across the employee life cycle would be represented in a science fiction movie. Most of us already think we are in a badly written sci-fi movie with the outbreak of COVID-19. Hats off to all those practitioners who have helped guide their people through a pandemic.

the post covid workplace

The post-COVID workplace – what does it look like and what’s changed?

Once social distancing measures ease, you’ll find yourself returning to a very different workplace. At first, the rapid transition to work from home was a challenge but now the focus for many has shifted to what the workplace will be like post COVID. Some will experience roster working hours and days, continuous social distancing will

Which Companies Will be the Ones to Triumph following Difficult Times

COVID-19 has affected our economy, businesses and our society in so many ways. We were initially in disbelief – is this really happening? Companies are making redundancies and restructuring, businesses are looking at ways to try to sustain their profit and ride through these difficult times, and socially we are experimenting with new ways of

Things are changing

The pandemic we are currently in is like nothing we have seen before. It’s a terrible crisis, but it also presents an opportunity to change the way we do things and change the way we think. This is an uncertain time and people are looking for clarity, communication and confidence that things are going to

Is This The End Of Loyalty Cards?

I noticed something the other day when our team returned to working from the office. The café in our building has always offered loyalty cards to its patrons and I noticed over the first few days back, no one was using their loyalty cards when ordering coffees. I asked the guys behind the counter about

The Last Dance – COVID-19 version

The last few months have brought a lot of change to my every day life. I never thought that things could change so dramatically within a day. Monday was a day like any other. I would go to work, have face to face interviews, lunch with my colleagues and go to my soccer training. On