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Leadership and other workforce trends [Infographic]

Sandra Olivier - Monday, November 17, 2014

growing graph A new study recently revealed that more than 54% of employees feel that leaders at their company were incapable of managing their employees. That’s according to a survey of 5,400 executives and employees in 27 countries conducted by business software company SAP and global-forecasting company Oxford Economics. More importantly just looking at South Africa, only 35% of employees say leadership at their company is equipped to lead the company to success.

Companies frequently say they want to strengthen their leadership team, yet much of the research shows that corporate leadership capabilities are in fact dropping. The biggest challenge seems to be that leadership, like the work environment has changed considerable in the last couple of years. It’s now not just about business skills, but others factors like global awareness, innovation, and the ability to make quick decisions which are all becoming more and more important.

The study revealed that the most important benefits and incentives to South African employees are: bonuses and merit-based rewards (63%), competitive compensation (62%), and supplemental training programs (42%).

Although South African executives believe that they offer sufficient training and development for their employees, the survey revealed that only 30% of employees say their company provides the right tools to help them grow and improve job performance.

The workplace of the future will be the most diverse the world has ever seen. Research shows priorities shifting as economies rebound globally, and companies lag in understanding these changing dynamics.

It’s important to consider the key trends as outlined in the infographic below to help you make the changes your company needs to move successfully into the future.

Employees Don't Think Their Bosses Can Hack It -- And Other Global Workforce Trends (Infographic

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Personal Branding and Leadership

Sandra Olivier - Monday, November 10, 2014

orginal stamp on box shows genuine authenticIn today’s blog I continue talking about how personal branding impacts your career, specifically looking at leadership. (Also read the importance of personal branding for your career and how to find your personal brand).

Having a personal brand is a leadership requirement. It enables you to be a better leader, a more authentic leader that can create greater overall impact. Just as important as the development and management of your personal brand is for your career, the same can be said for developing your leadership brand. This is an extension of your brand but conveys your identity and distinctiveness as a leader. It communicates the value you offer. If you have the wrong leadership brand for the position you have, or the position you want, then your work is not having the impact it could.

Leadership in today’s brave new workplace means different things than it ever did before. Every day, every week, and every month – you must be mindful about how your personal brand as a leader can elevate your relevancy, impact and influence – and it’s your responsibility to define its distinction before someone else does.

Choosing a leadership brand can help give you focus. When you clearly identify what you want to be known for, it is easier to let go of the tasks and projects that do not let you deliver on that brand. Instead, you can concentrate on the activities that do.

Key considerations for creating a successful leadership brand:

Find your own definition of leadership
Leaders, who feel the need to compare themselves with others are doing themselves a disservice.
The most important thing for you as a leader is to find your own definition of leadership that is true to you, enables you to inspire those around you to perform at their very best, and delivers the results.

As a leader this is your biggest challenge and takes courage. Can others always depend and count on you? Are you doing relevant things again, and again, and again?

Continue to grow
Take some time to really think about what it is you want to become as a leader. Zeroing in on something you're passionate about will make it so much easier to achieve. If you’re serious about developing yourself, you need to do more than just leverage your strengths and minimize your current weaknesses. Those are just the skills you have today - if you really want to improve, you have to continually add new elements to your leadership toolkit. 

It’s important to understand the critical role personal branding plays in your leadership success and eventual career success. Developing your personal and leadership brand is a much bigger responsibility; a never-ending journey that extends well beyond social media.

We represent a number of giants in the industry that are always looking for leaders to take their organization to the next level. If you want to connect and get your personal brand out there, we can assist. Communicate Personnel is a specialist recruitment agency, with the very best recruiters. Contact us today.

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Boosting Gratitude at Work

Mallisa Watson - Monday, November 03, 2014

Sign Thanks Shows Display Message And GratefulWe say “thank you” to acknowledge the good things we get from other people, especially when they give out of the goodness of their hearts. We say “thanks” at home, in stores and at work. If you are a manager, how often do you thank your employees for the good work they’ve done?

But why should anyone thank you for doing your job?  

Because the need for a pay check is only one of the motivations we bring to work. We don’t just work for money. We also work for respect, for a sense of accomplishment and for a feeling of purpose. We invest ourselves and our emotions into our jobs, and work affects our emotional state.

Gratitude is a non-financial way to support those non-financial motivations. Thank you doesn’t cost a dime, and it has measurably beneficial effects. As a manager, saying thank you to your employees could give them a strong sense of value. In every workplace and on every team, all people have the desire to feel appreciated and valued by others. Leaders of teams and team members themselves should work to foster a culture of value and appreciation.

Building a culture of gratitude at work is not easy, but it’s worth it. So here are tips for fostering gratitude on the job.

  1. Help others develop
    Employees feel valued at work when they have opportunities for growth and development. While promotion opportunities within companies may sometimes be limited, you can still invest in team members’ professional development through training, assignment to new and interesting projects, participation on tasks, and exposure to new and interesting different areas in the company. Employees frequently have skills that extend beyond the position for which the company hired them. Additionally, they typically grow their skills over time. Leveraging their extensive skill sets can lead to greater engagement and satisfaction.

  2. Involve employees
    Team members feel valued when they have an opportunity to take part in decision-making, problem-solving, and to use their skills to benefit the organization. If there is a new project in talks, maybe try and get their opinions on it, they will feel a sense of importance.

  3. Support friendship and teamwork
    Friendship in the workplace can lead to greater job satisfaction and commitment to the organization and doing a job well. Leaders should encourage teamwork to help eliminate toxic and dysfunctional team behaviours.

Taking the time and effort to create a culture that values and appreciates the diversity and similarity within a team can reap great rewards in terms of performance and satisfaction of the entire team. At the end of the day, this standard is really very simple: we all want to feel valued and appreciated. So, in addition to develop recognition to employees, use a variety of ways to build a culture of gratitude.

Do you have interesting stories of gratitude at work? Share them with us!

Looking for success in your career? We can help you unravel the steps to your next job opportunity. Communicate Personnel has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobsSupply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our vacancy page and apply today!

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Balancing Personal and Work Life

Mallisa Watson - Monday, October 27, 2014

Life Balance Harmony Meter There is nothing more important than you. Above everything and everyone else around you, you need to make yourself a priority in your own life. Yes, your family, work colleagues and boss rely on you emotionally, financially and professionally and that is why it’s important that you have a balanced personal and work life.

Our bodies and mind can only handle so much work and pressure. Though you enjoy and love what you do, if your work becomes your life you will eventually burn our mentally. And this can lead to you burning professional and personal bridges with the people in your circle. So if you want to prevent this from happening, we have just a few of many ways you can balance out your personal and work life so you can be more effective in both areas in the long run.

First things first
Figure out why you are procrastinating on getting your life balanced out. Once you’ve recognized the reason behind all of it is, you can start by drawing up your blue print and see which areas needs more attention in your life.

Identify the conflicting convictions
It is important that you understand there is a problem when work life and personal life are not balanced. Unless you recognize that the imbalance is a problem, it will not be possible for you to seek equal measures. These are some questions that you could ask yourself if you need a guide.

1. Do you find that you carry more and more work at home, making it a leeway of your office?

2. Can you split your job and home responsibilities?

3. Do you have anytime to pursue your hobbies?

4. Is your work bringing you joy?

5. Are you having a definite career growth plan which is practical in accordance with the path you are presently walking on?

After taking this test, you will have a clear view on where you stand with your personal life. Now we will have a look your work life and what you can do to find that balance.

Understanding your job
Develop a broad perspective. Consider growing yourself by upgrading your skill. Doing that will help you decide if you want to stay in your current field.

1. Know the goals. Knowing why something must be done can be very helpful. Having too much on your plate can be a relieve if you understand the project goals. It is also easier to discuss how to balance tasks if you have the whole picture.

2. Understand expectations. Make sure you understand your job description and what management expects from you. One example of this is after-hours communications. Are employees expected to check e-mail in the evenings or on weekends? Do you have to carry a cell phone just in case they need to contact you? What are the policies covering off-hours? If you take responsibility for meeting communications expectations, you should be able to take time off without feeling guilty afterwards.

Our profession is full of people who have found ways to achieve a balance that works for them, providing career satisfaction and personal fulfillment. It can be done. However finding that balance is key!

So if you are have come to a point where you have your personal life in check but the only thing missing is the ideal job to balance out your life, we can help you with that.

Communicate Personnel has a number of exciting new career opportunities which includes Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobsSupply Chain jobs and Freight jobs. Visit our website and apply today!

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Discovering your Personal Brand

Sandra Olivier - Monday, October 20, 2014

time to discoverLet’s face it we might love the internet, social media and the era of selfie or we might hate it. One thing is for sure that the world is changing and at the heart of the change is technology. You can pretend it’s not happening or you can embrace the change and use it to your advantage especially in building the ultimate career.

In my previous post I looked at the importance of having a personal brand for you career. Because of the internet today, you have a personal brand whether you like it or not. So what does your brand say about you? What do you want it to say? Think about how you show up, how others perceive you, what you know, and what your online profile says about you. The most important job that you have today is to be the President of your own brand.

Here are some easy steps to help you start building your personal brand to further your career:

Find the real you
You need to develop your personal brand in light of who you actually are. Start by identifying the qualities or characteristics that make you distinctive from your peers. When you strip away the mask, who are you really, and how can you show up in a way that allows your true authentic self to show through?

Others perception about you
Think about other people and the impressions you are making on colleagues and business associates. Take the time to speak with many different people to understand how they perceive your strengths and then use this information as you create your personal brand. This will help you to get to know yourself through the eyes of others, understand your differentiation, and discern what makes you compelling.

Be known for something
Every good brand involves the notion of expertise. Volkswagen are known as the People’s cars. Apple is the most innovative. Durban is the ‘Surf City’. What do you do better than anyone else? What’s your superpower? To find out, think about what’s innate:  what are you naturally good at? Find what your role is, what you do best or that no one else is doing, and find ways to be innovative in your area of expertise.

Live it
This is probably the hardest part, but will pay off the most in the long term. Act in a manner that consistently and constantly promotes the brand you’ve chosen for yourself. Every time you are in a meeting, at a conference, networking reception or other event, you should be mindful of what others are experiencing about you and what you want others to experience about you. Each of these engagements is similar to a job interview – except in these cases you are being evaluated by your peers. Those who know how to live and manage their personal brand will earn the respect and brand recognition in any situation.

Personal branding is no longer an option; it’s a powerful leadership enabler. In order to reach success you need to know exactly what you stand for in the world, and how to stand apart from others, and communicate that competitive difference with confidence and clarity.

If you are looking to move ahead in your career and need help with getting your personal brand out there to prospective new employers, we can assist. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with specialist consultants that will help you connect with new career opportunities, whether it’s  Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs or Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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Personal Branding, how important is that for your career?

Sandra Olivier - Monday, October 13, 2014

branding written chalckboard In the past few years, personal branding has become more and more important. The difference between today and ten years ago, is the rise of social technologies, the instant access to the internet and the blurring of boundaries between work and personal lives. Personal branding has stepped up to be a key consideration within your career and it is essential to invest time and effort in how you choose to present yourself. It could make the difference between you being very successful or not.

You might not think that you have a personal brand but everyone has one. It’s just that most people don’t really know what their personal brand is saying about them, and few invest any time in building it, enhancing it or leveraging it to support their careers.

How do I identify my personal brand?
There are several steps you can take to identify your personal brand. It all starts with self-assessment, what do you want your reputation to be? It’s about bringing together who you are, what you do and how you do it. It’s about making your mark by being yourself—your best self. Think of your personal brand as your unique promise of value. It's what you're known for and how people experience you.

I am not a celebrity, why do I need a brand?
Many people think that personal branding is just for celebrities such as Paris Hilton or Taylor Swift, yet each and every one of us is a brand. Social media tools have levelled the playing ground and have enabled us to reach incredible heights, at the cost of our time. Employers will Google you before they even invite you to an interview and the reality is your current employer is probably keeping an eye on what you’re doing, too. When you interact with people, both online and offline, they’ll build up an image of who you are over time. You want to be in control of all of those impressions.

What Makes You Unique, Makes You Successful
Personal Branding is about identifying and then communicating what makes you unique and relevant for your employers, so that you can reach your career goals. If you understand your strengths, skills, passions, and values, you can use this information to separate yourself from your competitors and really stand out.

Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding.

In the next post, I will discuss tips on how to discover and identify your personal brand. So start thinking differently about yourself. You are not defined by you job title or confined for that matter by your job description. If you want to reach your career goals you need to start think about your brand, the Me.Inc brand.

If you need assistance in getting your brand out there to secure you next career opportunity we can assist. Communicate Personnel is a recruitment agency with consultants specialising in finding individuals Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Freight jobs and Supply Chain jobs. Check out our vacancy page and apply now!

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It’s Time For a Brand New You

Mallisa Watson - Monday, October 06, 2014

Under ConstructionDo you find that by the time spring comes around; you have entirely forgotten the goals you have set for yourself at the beginning of the year? If you have lost steam before you’ve made any real progress on your goals, let’s help you do something about it!

You can start by making a list. Revisit the goals you set for this year and figure out which ones mirrors your greatest aspirations. Then, prioritize it and select no more than four goals from your list. If you work toward more than that, you’ll probably accomplish none.

So now with your goal(s) in mind, apply the three actions that are important to developing a brand new you.

Get rid of the clutter
Decide what you need to get rid of. What would get in the way of achieving these goals? This could include an outdated way of thinking that got you where you are today but won’t take you to the next level. Some other examples include:

Toxic people: To achieve your goals, you need the support of inspiring people who easily express gratitude and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. Your circle can’t include negative people who take advantage of your time and talent.

Avoid distractions: Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you enjoy doing it. If you find yourself mired in tasks that are easy but not rewarding, you’re not being efficient. In fact, those tasks are draining your energy, distracting you from the talents that energize you.

Time wasters: Are there activities in your day that consume your time without you getting much value out of it? How can you eliminate or do them differently?

Cleaning out the clutter is a hard job. It takes willingness and dedication. It requires a daily conscious effort. We spend way too much of our lives with clutter weighing us down in life and we don't even realize it. Start right now!

Forget your comfort zone, take risks!

In today’s workplace, being safe is risky. But taking risks just for the sake of being an adventurer, can lead to disaster. Taking the right risks is significant. Make a list of the fears that gets in the way of your ability to succeed.

Risks and chances are just opportunities in disguise. To enhance your career and to meet your career goals, you should make sure that you show your dedication and commitment to the people who really matter.

Measure your fears against your goals. Which risks have the greatest payoff, earning you a much better chance of achieving your dream? Achieving a meaningful goal almost always requires that you embrace risk.

Time to take action
Identify which tasks go hand in hand with reaching your goals, and make those activities your priority. Too often, we have too many un-prioritized goals that it’s impossible to know if we’re spending our time wisely. Maybe you didn’t even notice that advancing your career always ends up at the bottom of your to-do list, and as a result never gets done.

Ask yourself this, what are my goals for the upcoming 1 year, 3 years, 5, 10 years?

If you take some time out to set your goals now, I can guarantee you that you will definitely experience more growth as a person and in your career. By just spending a few minutes to clear some aspirations that have been on your mind, you will experience more progress in your life a year from now than compared to if you don’t.

So make the most of this year and start attracting the right kind of career opportunities.

Wishing you a revitalizing and successful spring!

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Motivating employees

Sandra Olivier - Thursday, September 25, 2014

positive thinkingIt's a tough time of year for employers who are struggling to motivate their employees. Unfortunately, motivating people is far from an exact science. There's no secret formula, no set calculation, no work sheet to fill out. In fact, motivation can be as individual as the employees who work for you.

Motivation is about moving people to act in a way that achieves a specific and immediate goal. Although each employee is different, I've done some research and have found a few useful ideas.

Processes are important
Setting clear expectations and processes to reach a specific goal is a great way to motivate employees and keep them on track. It’s important that employees understand the bigger picture and how their tasks fit into the overall results. Sometimes teams procrastinate because they don’t think it would affect others in putting off certain tasks. Little do they know that what seems irrelevant to them is actually a cornerstone for your next steps and that a project might not be able to move forward until they finish that step. You might need to explain the chain of events that are necessary to accomplish the big goals. No step is unimportant.

Give employees time to socialise
During crunch times we are often reluctant to take time out for socialising as we don’t want to break the team moment or think we don’t have the time to waste on this. However, often times this is exactly what your employees need to get re-energized. Create mandatory social events where employees may get to know one another, especially if teamwork is vital for the business. The key is to do something fun, no matter how small, on a regular basis.

Make Employees Part Of The Solution
Employees need to be involved. Empowering employees to make decisions about their work and to solve day-to-day problems demonstrates your confidence in them and motivates them to live up to your expectations. International bestselling author Paul McGee also has some interesting ideas around the motivation of staff.

If you are in need of some assistance with your recruitment efforts, we can help. Communicate Personnel represents a range of exclusive, skilled candidates across all levels of the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight sectors. Contact us today.

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Management: Decision Making

Mallisa Watson - Monday, September 22, 2014

Time To Decide Indicates Indecisive Uncertain And UndecidedEach day we are faced with situations in life that require us to make choices.  Some of these choices are easy, and at times, some of them can be difficult. The ‘responsibility list’ for managers seems to get longer and more difficult, day by day.

There are some pretty understandable reasons why decision making is not always easy, management often struggle with this process and takes the most strain. They are afraid of being wrong. There are costs with being wrong like getting fired or not getting a promotion. They might put one of their employee’s jobs on the line

But decisions still need to be made. Dragging this process out will have a negative impact on your team. On top of that, the slow pace of finding the middle ground exposes us to the rapid speed of today’s business environment. 

So how can you as a manager get out of the slow paced environment in which you are now?  It’s actually pretty easy.

Identify the decision and the goal
One of the most effective decision making strategies is to keep an eye on your goal.  This simply means identifying the purpose of your decision by asking yourself what exactly is the problem that needs to be solved? And why does this problem need to be solved?

Figuring out what’s most important to you will help you make good decisions.  When you know the reason why you have been making a particular decision; it will better serve you in staying with it, and defending it.

Calculate the risks…then take them
Every decision has risks. Unfortunately you need to gather as much information as possible and reduce every risk that you can think of. That information gathering takes time and effort.  All too often one doesn’t calculate the cost of getting it because many times the value of it is less than the cost of obtaining it. You need to weigh the balance between risk and facts and when you have enough data to be reasonably comfortable, make the call and take the risk.

Measure and adjust
Once you’ve taken the risk and implemented your decision, your next step would be to measure and monitor the results of your choice.  It’s important to know that many times you can go back and change your decision.  Often that is the right choice to make but you rarely do so.  Why?  Because that requires you to admit that you made the wrong decision the first time around.  Pride will destroy your organization. If you made a bad call but now know what the right call is, make the right call and move forward. Understand why you made the wrong decision the first time and learn from it so it doesn’t happen again.  Don’t let your ego and pride lead you to follow a path you know is wrong just so you don’t have to admit you messed up.

Of course, it’s easy to see the carelessness of management at times, and no one can make the right decision all the time.  But maybe it's necessary for each individual who has the “power” of making important calls for the company to approach decisions with a little more curiosity, a little more open-mindedness, and a little less certainty about the rightness of their position.

If you feel that you are the ideal manager but your current job is not allowing you to shine, maybe it’s time for a new one. We have Finance jobs in Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Corporate finance jobs. A variety of IT jobs ranging from Developers to Architects and BI or BA. Engineering jobs in industries like Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic. Supply Chain jobs as well as Freight jobs in Procurement, Production, Logistics, Freight as well as Warehousing and Distribution. Contact us and apply today.

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Revamping your resume can help your career search

Mallisa Watson - Monday, September 15, 2014

Cartoon Happy Businessman With Thumb Up Spring is here at last! One gets the urge to clean out closets, wash windows and tidy up the yard. It’s also a great time to apply the same concepts to your job search, more particularly focusing on cleaning up your resume.

Your resume is the first and most important impression of who you are. Take pride in that and use it to portray why you’re the best candidate for the job. If your resume is confusing and overloaded with information, people will assume that you aren’t entirely sure what you do or what you want to do. Don’t make that mistake. Use your resume like a targeted arrow by clearly pinpointing what makes you suitable. Here are some tips:

  • Ensure your resume communicates your career objectives with a descriptive headline. If you’re moving from one department to another within the same industry, be sure to clearly define this.

  • Avoid the fancy layout, font and other special effects. Stick to traditional font of Times New Roman, 9 to 12 point size and keep it black and white. You might try a different type size for your name and the companies you have worked for, perhaps your title. But try to be consistent. Go easy on using bold type, italics, and underlining.

  • This is also a good time to consider the usefulness of early experience. For job seekers with 10 years or more of experience, this may mean creating an ‘early career’ section that briefly summarizes previous experience.

  • If your resume is more than two pages long, tighten it up. Today’s trends in our world of Twitter and shortness state no more than two pages for even the most senior-level professional.

  • Start a brag file. Gather testimonials, letters of recommendations, project highlights and so forth. Think about how they might be included into your resume.

  • Every employer out there values accuracy and attention to detail. So before you save your resume (or even worse, send it) check it over again. And again. Then get someone else to check it for you. Make sure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes, it's written in a consistent tone and tense, and above all, the information is correct.

A great resume will go a long way towards getting your ideal job. A poor one is a sure way to miss out on it. There's no doubt that you will do everything possible to be the best candidate you can be. Make sure that your resume is the best it can be too.

Freshen up your image
Now might be the time to do an overhaul on your personal and professional image as well. You’ve refreshed your resume. Now, how do others see you?

  • Everyone has their own dress style that they are comfortable in. However, trying a new fashion item maybe a new color blouse, will give you a new sense of confidence. You may also want to consider having an outfit reserved for interviews or important meetings. Keep the overall look professional.

  • Now that you dress the part, make sure that your personal image compliments your look. Maybe try a new hair style? Don’t forget to smile that’s the best image assurance you can ever have!

So, there you have it! Spring is indeed a time of renewal. Wouldn’t it feel good to know that along with your clean windows and tidied-up garage, your resume is in order and your job search can start! Good luck!

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