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.

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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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Trans-Kalahari Corridor offers great opportunities for Freight industry

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

meerkatThe role of transport and logistics has become increasingly important for the governments of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. In working together, they aim to boost regional trade by improving the efficiency of the Trans-Kalahari Corridor network, which includes the Walvis Bay corridor in Namibia. Botswana invested more than a year ago in the construction of a Dry Port in Walvis Bay that became operational in July, unlocking potential in the global export market.

The dry port comprises an area of 36,200 square meters and is located at the south-eastern side of Namport, next to TransNamib’s locomotive maintenance depot. The dry port is the staging area of all cargo flows between Botswana’s import and export markets via Walvis Bay.

The project will increase the cargo volumes that are carried on the corridors and promote trade relations within the Southern African Development Community. It will also open new opportunities for land-locked Botswana to handle their cargo through Namport.

The operations of the port will complement the construction of the 1500 km Trans-Kalahari Railway that is in the pipeline. The proposed railway line would traverse the vast semi-arid, sandy savannah of the Kalahari desert from Botswana to Namibia, with the sole benefit of connecting Botswana to Namibia’s port of Walvis Bay, thus unlocking the value of coal mining in Botswana and power generation in the region.

There is an enormous demand for coal from Europe because of the high grade and this railway line would open up new opportunities for export to both Europe and Asia. The railway will also expand freight capacity on congested transport corridors within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and provide greater access to global markets for other landlocked countries in the region like Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The development of transport infrastructure like roads, railways and port facilities is considered crucial for further growth especially in Southern Africa. Current project like these are important to ensure a sustainable future in the freight and shipping industries and to generate important growth in the job market.

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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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Hydropower to be generated from Ingula

Sandra Olivier - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

hydroelectric powerplant The shortage of capacity on our power grid has necessitated Eskom to invest in alternative options to meet the future demand. Once such a project is Ingula, a hydropower station currently being constructed between Ladysmith and Harrismith, in the Little Drakensberg.

This hydropower station will be the twenty-first largest pumped-storage scheme in the world. Comprising an upper and lower dam or reservoir, separated in elevation by 480 m and boasting an underground powerhouse housing four 333 MW pump turbines 116 storeys below surface in two excavated underground caverns.

The two dams are situated 4.5km apart. In order to generate electricity during high-energy consumption, the water will be pumped from the upper dam to the lower dam. The process will be vice versa during low energy consumption period. A generator is being installed to draw more electricity to drive the water back to upper dam, during the low energy consumption period.

According to Colin Logan, Technical Executive of Dams, Hydropower and Underground Works at GIBB, the project is on track with the last stages of excavation currently taking place.

Although hydroelectric power facilities are sustainable and renewable sources of energy, there is still an environmental impact to take into consideration.

The site of the upper Bedform Dam at Ingula in particular is both ecologically important and very sensitive. The site is home to a large wetland complex that is both hydrologically and ecologically valuable and is categorised as Wet Cold Highveld Grassland.  

In response to concerns about the project’s impact, Eskom has collaborated with BirdLife South Africa and Middlepunt Wetland Trust to manage the adverse impact of Ingula on the environment. The partnership also monitors the effect of the construction on birds, veld management, eradication of alien plants, wetlands monitoring and community upliftment.

Ingula is becoming an iconic example of what can be achieved when major industrial projects are planned and implemented with a clear intention to minimise and offset environmental impacts. The conservation area is a real improvement over what existed before, and would not be possible without the accompanying development.

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  2. Management: Decision Making Mallisa Watson 22-Sep-2014
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