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The Right To Disconnect
We live in a super-connected world with many employees now getting work emails sent to their smartphones. You know the drill, WhatsApp messages from work group chats and checking emails before you even step out of bed. Imagine you just got home from work, barely had time to sit down, your phone vibrates and its an email from your boss marked ‘urgent’
Disconnect
11/2/2018 2:00 PMKnow the industryBridget Maoko11/2/2018 2:00 PM
hyper-connectedness, electronic gadgets, employees, WhatsApp

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Before we delve into the nitty-gritties of the topic: 'the right to disconnect, lets first explain where the concept stems from.
We live in a super-connected world with many employees now getting work emails sent to their smartphones. You know the drill, WhatsApp messages from work group chats and checking emails before you even step out of bed. Imagine you just got home from work, barely had time to sit down, your phone vibrates and its an email from your boss marked 'urgent' - you just got back from work!

This hyper-connectedness is causing employees to have anxiety because of the need to always respond, coupled with the expectation of receiving these messages. This then led to a culture of burned out employees with blurred lines between work-life-balance which further led to a proposed bill: 'The Right to Disconnect.'

What this 'right' means
It means we need to disconnect from our electronic gadgets and or instant messaging platforms especially if the connection is work related - after office hours. Countries like the US want to propose this bill in order to protect employees from over-engaging, unless otherwise stated in their contracts by employers that it is a prerequisite.
But is this bill realistic for a globalised workforce in a modern society? Let's delve into this.

Rest periods
As we all know employees are entitled to rest periods and bosses cannot force them to answer WhatsApp work group messages outside of their working hours. Jon Brodsky manager for finance site Finder.com thinks that restricting the hours that employers can contact their employees does not take into account global growth, remote opportunities and seamless communication between employers and employees. This then begs the question, when do employees switch off from work?

Well, it depends on your industry and type of work.
The modern workplace no longer implies your presence at the office. The modern workplace allows you to send a quick voice note or text to employees at any time of the day regardless of schedule. So should we still have bills that allow us to disconnect after work hours?

Maybe not, but it is illegal for a boss to demand around-the-clock attention from employees. Except of course if they bought you the cell phone and are paying for the data and it was stated in your contract. Then though shall not disconnect!

WhatsApp as an official tool of communication
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other instant messaging platforms are now more popular than email in the workplace according to research.
We have all seen or heard of someone who got in trouble at work because of these platforms.

At FNB a good 4 employees were fired for what they communicate on WhatsApp be it 'private conversation.' I personally know a friend who ended up in HR because of what she posted on her WhatsApp 'stories'and someone who got a warning for not replying on the group chat. Companies take these platforms very serious!

In India, an IT worker got fired for leaving a WhatsApp Group chat. The manager demanded everyone use WhatsApp as an official tool of contact rather than calling and emailing. So if WhatsApp is part of your company's communication policy then you cannot make a personal decision to refrain from the platform.

However, if your company does not have a policy in place regarding communication on instant messaging platforms, then the best solution is to have honest conversations about expectations regarding this as they are not official tools of communication.

Share with us, what are your thoughts on instant messaging platforms as tools of communication in the workplace?

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Top technology trends for 2019
As a business, evaluating the latest technology trends will help you identify opportunities your organization can exploit to create competitive advantage. There are plenty other trends that are not on this list that you can leverage.
tech trends
10/30/2018 9:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko10/30/2018 9:00 AM
Blockchain, Blockchain, AI, trends

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technology trend is one with substantial disruptive potential and on the verge of breaking out as an emerging state into wider impact and use. With that said, here are some technology trends we think will dominate in 2019.

Blockchain
We have all heard about blockchain and truth is, it is too complicated for lay people to understand and use right now. Blockchain is a peer-to-peer network of interconnected computers for storing data or information which can't be modified or stolen by anyone. The South African Reserve Bank, Vodacom and MTN are among companies that are testing blockchain technology in South Africa. Naomi Snyman, Blockchain Lead at Standard Bank said that if we think about how the internet started; we did not understand why we needed it or how it even works but it has completely revolutionised our lives, the same goes for Blockchain technology. Blockchain is expected to boom in 2019.

AI
Yes, AI. AI will be a trend for the next few years until it becomes mainstream. By next year, at least 40% of businesses will use it for automation. This will also cause ''autonomous things'' to proliferate. Autonomous things exist across five types: robotics, vehicles, drones, appliances and agents. All these use AI to perform tasks traditionally done by humans.

5G or fifth generation mobile
5G is finally here and is expected to bring speeds between 5Gbps to 8Gbps and up to 20Gbps– compared to 4G LTE, which has a maximum throughput of 1Gbps. According to Business Insider South Africa, these kinds of speeds are expected to dramatically change what is possible to do over a cellular connection. The first rollout of a 5G network in the US is expected to start in 2019. South Africa can expect it in 2020. 5G boasts faster data transfer speeds and lower latency than 4G, along with support for more devices and improved reliability.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
The application of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the manufacturing industry is called IIoT. IIoT is considered to be one of the primary trends affecting industrial businesses today. Businesses that have embraced IIoT have seen significant improvements to safety, efficiency and profitability. This trend is expected to grow as more business adopt it.

Forbes reckon another trend is the "platform-itization" of emerging technologies, i.e blockchain as a service, VR as a service, augmented-analytics as a service, AR as a service, IOT as a service and AI as a service you get the gist.   

As a business, evaluating the latest technology trends will help you identify opportunities your organization can exploit to create competitive advantage. There are plenty other trends that are not on this list that you can leverage.

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Is an MBA worth it?
An MBA is considered the world’s most important business management qualification. But is this prestigious degree still worthy of pursuing? Well, it depends what you want to use it for. Not all MBA degrees are created equal and an MBA like most post graduate degrees will always add value to your career.
Is an MBA worth it?
10/5/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko10/4/2018 2:00 PM
MBA, heightened career,  salary increase, professionals, business

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Short for Master of Business Administration, the MBA is considered the world's most important business management qualification. But is this prestigious degree still worthy of pursuing? Well, it depends what you want to use it for.

Traditionally when you hear of MBA you instantly think that your career will be heightened and your salary will increase, that's true. Studies show that the average annual pre-MBA salary is R297 731 and will jump to R393 783 once one gets the degree. The current annual average salary starts from R560 285.



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Heightened career and salary increase are not always a given. An MBA is now common. The prestige and exclusivity it had has diminished and the value of pursuing it has come under scrutiny given the substantial investment of time and money one has to incur in order to get the degree. Pursuing an MBA will set you back by at least R200 000.

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Top that with the fact that it is no longer a differentiator for professionals who are looking to make themselves more desirable to employers and the fact that the qualification is no longer as sought-after as it was in its heydays, an MBA may not be worth pursuing, after all it can only secure the interview and not the job itself.

But if you plan to work in a business-related field in management, or as a company founder then it may be worth pursuing. For those working in other industries, unless you are in management or leadership roles, it may not be as useful as you think.

If you are thinking of applying your chances of acceptance are as follows:

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Not all MBA degrees are created equal and an MBA like most post graduate degrees will always add value to your career, so it is all up to you and what you will make out of it that will determine its worth. We are a Specialist Recruitment Company with over 30 years of experience. Visit our website to learn how we can take your career to the next level, with or without an MBA. 

The difference between outsourcing & insourcing
Outsourcing allows a business to focus on its core competencies while offloading its non-core functions to outsourcing providers in low-cost markets. You hire an outside service provider, consultant, freelancer service, or an agency to manage that portion of your business.
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9/28/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko9/26/2018 11:00 AM
Outsourcing, Insourcing, cost, expertise, flexibility, business needs

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When it comes to choosing between outsourcing and insourcing, a number of companies cannot decide what is best for them. If you are also not sure, what is best for your business then this article is for you.

When it comes to outsourcing and insourcing, there are four major factors to consider:



  1. Cost
    A significant difference between outsourcing and insourcing is the cost to the company. Insourcing is generally more expensive to a company because new work processes must be developed to start the new division of the company. Outsourcing uses an outside company that already has a workflow developed and employees familiar with the process. 
  2. Expertise
  3. Flexibility and
  4. Business needs

    The pros and cons

    Insourcing
    It is the practice of bringing in specialists to fill in temporary positions or simply training in-house personnel to perform tasks that could have been outsourced. Insourcing seems to be more prevalent with project-oriented companies that hire contractors /temps to provide a service.

    The hire is made through an external organization in order to cut costs and decrease the tax burden. Insourcing can also mean an organization building a new business centre or facility which would specialize in a particular service or product.
    Companies who insource can enjoy:
  • Total control of delivery and resources on-site
  • SLA and outcome based agreements
  • Cost saving and tax reduction
  • Change management made easier through skills transfer

    Outsourcing
    Outsourcing allows a business to focus on its core competencies while offloading its non-core functions to outsourcing providers in low-cost markets. You hire an outside service provider, consultant, freelancer service, or an agency to manage that portion of your business.

    It was once considered a luxury only larger companies could afford. Today, companies of all sizes use outsourcing to let go of managing non-core functions while saving a lot of money in the process. Companies who outsource have:
  • No control over delivery and resources
  • No control over project milestone
  • Additional cost for training
  • Guaranteed work continuation and no time down
  • No ownership of Intellectual Property

    How Communicate Recruitment can help you:
    We are able to consult from the needs analysis stage through a project based outcome approach, Communicate has subject matter experts on hand waiting to help you in your ICT transformation journey. We save you money and provide a dedicated team that gives you total control over service delivery. Click here to learn more.
Meet Generation C: The Connected Consumer
Imagine a Baby Boomer couple searching for their next holiday destination online or a Gen X father searching for appropriate content for his child online or a millennial ordering a meal delivery service from UberEats prompted by an ad they saw on Facebook. Let’s try this again.
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8/31/2018 11:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko8/31/2018 11:00 AM
Connected Consumer, Generation C, traditional consumer

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Imagine a Baby Boomer couple searching for their next holiday destination online or a Gen X father searching for appropriate content for his child online or a millennial orderinga meal delivery service from UberEats prompted by an ad they saw on Facebook. Let's try this again. Imagine a Gen Z chatting on WhatsApp or a mid-30s mom picking up groceries at Checkers she ordered online via the grocery store's website. See, all these individuals are labelled Generation C aka the Connected Consumer simply because they all live in the digital age.


The connected consumer is complex and diverse; unlike the traditional consumer, who's not looking for 'simple and fast' but rather 'personalised and proactive.' The Connected Consumer is empowered, knowledgeable, has ample choice and high expectations towards brands they interact with on a daily. 

What does this mean for brands?
Do they now have to focus all their marketing efforts on Generation C? Well, no! Because they still have consumers who are not 'connected.' Brands need to realise that the so-called 'connected consumers' are nothing more than that, consumers. What they need to do is understand these consumers in details as they have strong implications of their marketing efforts. Factors such as diversity, inclusivity, age, lifestyle and interests are important when it comes to reaching this 'generation.'

Who is connected in South Africa?
According to Google's consumer barometer:

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66% of South African consumers will search online before making a purchase ergo the internet is playing a significant role in the consumer's buying decision and of those, 15% first learned of a product that they purchased as a result of having discussions with their network on social media.
Consumers are exposed to reviews, comments and complaints posted by friends, family and peers online, these comments and reviews go a long way when they make a buying decision.

Where does this leave traditional media?
Well, it's not dying. Its shifting and evolving to mimic the things consumers love doing online. The benefits of traditional media channels cannot be ignored. Reaching millions on TV, the engaged audience on print and the loyalty of radio listeners is all too great. The key is to combine the best of digital and the best of traditional to maximize success. 

How can recruiters leverage this?
One easy way to answer this is by saying that they have to shift from traditional models of recruiting and adapting to new ones, just like marketers did and we now have connected marketing. Recruiters need to have what Forbes calls super connectors or talent curators. This 'super connector 'could be someone who has access to influential people, companies and deep knowledge of a specific industry and its characteristic.

They would have to know your company culture and what drives the brand so they can bring in the right candidates. Bear in mind that connected consumers of all ages, from different sectors spend most of their time on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram et al. all these platforms enable them to showcase their skills, behaviours and attitudes and recruiters can curate content that speaks specifically to those people and lure them in like true influencers and brand advocates do.

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Vumile Msweli, the phenomenal Women in Business
Vumile, like many other young women, was insecure and anxious about delving into business. Fast forward into the future she is now a career coach, emerging property mogul and influencer. We had a chat with her to find out what some of her successful habits are and what she thinks about the work-life-balance conundrum women battle with on a daily.
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8/8/2018 4:00 PMTake the leadBridget Maoko8/8/2018 4:00 PM
career coach, property mogul, women's month

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Vumile, like many other young women, was insecure and anxious about delving into business. Fast forward into the future she is now a career coach, emerging property mogul and influencer. We had a chat with her to find out what some of her successful habits are and what she thinks about the work-life-balance conundrum women battle with on a daily. This is what she had to say:



Tell us about your early days as a young woman in business. What was it like, and how is it different now that you are older?
Starting out in my career I, like many young people was insecure and anxious about delving into business. I was not clear about where I wanted to go, now as an adult and having have been in business for a few years I have greater clarity about my goals.

My desire is no longer just financial accumulation but making an impact in Africa as a whole. This is the reason why I am in the career coaching space and helping both graduates and executives navigate from the unknown to achieving their goals at an accelerated pace.  I want to leave a legacy that makes life easier for my continent for me having existed. I guess it is the natural ascension in Maslow's hierarchy.

In your interview with Iman Rappetti, you mentioned that you bought your first property while you were 22 years old. Most 22 year olds would opt for a car or something similar. Why property?
Growing up in a family where income generating assets were often encouraged to be acquired it came naturally for me to sacrifice the luxurious German cars in the short term in order to acquire an appreciating asset. I guess it also helps that I love property, so playing in that space gave me great joy.

Iceland has now made it illegal to pay men more than women in the workplace. Looking at South Africa now, how long do you think it will take us to have such laws implemented?
Ice-land has continued to be a forerunner in the women empowerment movement. I believe South Africa has gotten it right in the policy and legislative space of women empowerment.  This has not seemed to translate into the realms of corporate; civil and government. I am optimistically cautious that this will change but to speculate as to the exact date and if it will ever happen is difficult, but I remain hopeful that the day is coming soon for us here in South Africa.

Women like Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey say 'work-life-balance' is an illusion. What is your take on it? Is it an illusion or something we should strive for especially as women who juggle a full time job and a household?
I believe the work-life-balance myth is a fallacy that has held us in bondage to an unattainable ideal. It leaves many women guilt ridden with not getting the balance right. I am an advocate for work life integration because there are different priorities at any given time and your focus and energy must shift accordingly. Also performing at a constant stress inducing pace isn't sustainable. But by integrating work and life the stress dissipates and allows for flexibility in approach and in achieving a healthier lifestyle.

What advice do you have for young South African women about succeeding in the corporate world?
It would be to design a career they love. It would be to purposefully identify what skills they want to learn, what exposure they would like to gain, and what kind of boss they would like to work for and where they want to see their career going. After identifying these, it is critical to then find a mentor who is experienced in the realm of corporate, a coach who is an expert in career advancement and a sponsor who can advocate for your growth in your organisation. This trio will help you achieve your corporate career goals.

Harvard University has a Positive Psychology class – the university's most popular class. You took a Happiness class as well. Do you think we have placed disproportionate value on attaining success and material over our own happiness and wellbeing?

I think we are constantly in a pursuit of happiness and wellbeing, our gravest error is to believe that material gain and financial success equates to the happiness we seek. This is not always the case. Happiness and joy are internal work and not always reflected in how our external circumstances look.

What are some of the successful habits you have adopted over time and apply every day?
I think for me vision boarding has been critical in aiding achieve goals I have set for myself. I look at my vision board every day and it gives me a great sense of focus as to what I have to do that day to achieve my life's vision. I am a big believer in centring yourself, so I spend my morning having my quiet time, setting my intention for the day and praying.

Vumile Msweli completed her matric at St. Mary's DSG with an A Average.
She holds a BCom Accounting Sciences from the University of Pretoria and a BCom: Financial Planning Honours from the University of Johannesburg. She has completed various postgraduate executive courses from GIBBS, New York University as well as Harvard and holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of London, currently doing her Doctorate in Applied Leadership and Coaching at Switzerland's University for Graduate Studies in Management.

Click here to learn more about her:

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Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. Visit our website to learn more about us and how we can connect you to your next career move.

Data Driven Recruitment
The recruitment process is a data mine and when mined correctly it reveals information on whether or not a candidate will be a high performer the employee is looking for. Data-driven recruitment comprises of technologies and techniques used to analyse talent and identifying candidates with the best skills.
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7/31/2018 12:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko7/31/2018 10:00 AM
Recruitment, data, process, insights

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The recruitment process is a data mine and when mined correctly it reveals information on whether or not a candidate will be a high performer the employee is looking for. Data-driven recruitment comprises of technologies and techniques used to analyse talent and identifying candidates with the best skills. It eliminates a lot of uncertainties within the recruiting process and saves recruiters from making decisions based only on a 'great resume.' Benefits of data driven recruiting include, but not limited to:


  • Narrowing down candidates to only those who fit a company's profile.
  • Gives competitive advantage with insight into competitive information, such salary and    benefits.
  • Insights into what motivates and engages staff.
    Fills positions quickly.
  • Reduces turnover.
  • Increase diversity with technology that supports impartial hiring.
  • Increases employee retentions.

Here is why companies should incorporate it in their recruiting strategy

Eliminates gut-feeling decisions
As human beings when making decisions, prejudice, gut-feeling unconscious bias and our frame of reference tend to influence our decisions. Data driven recruiting eliminates all of this and encourages more accurate hiring decisions.

Improves candidate experience
Analytics bring the factors that impact candidate experience to the forefront enabling recruiters to tell what is increasing or decreasing the chances of a candidate withdrawing from his or her application and creates strategies to decrease the odds of losing strong candidates.

It decreases the time it takes to hire
Hiring takes time and time as a recruiter, you want to map out your entire recruitment process and find out how long it takes to hire a person in a certain field and how long each step of the process takes. Once you have all that information you now have to look at improving the speed of hiring. The use of analytics enables you to know with confidence how long it is likely to take to hire for a certain role, including time in each stage of the hiring process.

This data-driven approach can also reveal the bottlenecks slowing down the hiring process and inform you of how to fix them.
Wouldn't it be great to provide more accurate hiring time estimates to stakeholders.

Any organisation that is not using data in their recruiting process are omitting it at their own peril. Hiring is costly and time-consuming so it is essential to make the process as quick, accurate and effective as possible. Using data and analytics to drive hiring processes may be in its early stages but it is expected to significantly in the years to come. It is important to note however, that harnessing this data is one thing and interpreting is another.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades. We build intelligence from our database and spend time on developing our networks so that we can deliver the best candidates the market has to offer. Visit our website to register your vacancies with us 

Engineering trends shaping the world
Engineering is evolving. Trends such as advanced robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing) Industrial IoT, quantum computing and Big Bata are currently shaping its evolution.
Here are top 3 interesting trends we've observed which will continue to shape the engineering industry:
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7/13/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko7/3/2018 2:00 PM
Engineering, robotics, additive manufacturing, 3D printing,  Industrial IoT,

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Engineering is evolving. Trends such as advanced robotics, additive manufacturing (3D printing) Industrial IoT, quantum computing and Big Bata are currently shaping its evolution.

Here are top 3 interesting trends we've observed which will continue to shape the engineering industry:



Additive manufacturing 
Additive manufacturing (AM) is not a new technology trend, it's currently in the limelight for its limitless use. The implementation of AM technologies is growing rapidly and becoming more important as the world changes. Industries that have adopted its use are most notably in aerospace, defence, medical and the automotive sector.color.jpg

 

 










Some of the largest manufacturers in the world are investing heavily in this technology, which is leading to growth in demand for engineers and technologists who can develop new applications and integrate them with technologies in production environments. 

Sustainability
Our understanding of the environment and the negative impact of industrial activity raises concerns on how the industry should be designed and built, hence industrial sustainability. Industrial sustainability involves energy and resource conservation, emissions control, renewable energy systems and waste reduction.

All this requires engineering work to be performed by electrical engineers, environmental engineers, energy engineers et al. In fact it is estimated that the demand for environmental engineers is going to grow by 9% by 2021, and for environmental engineering technicians by 8%. Sustainability engineering work will continue to expand as it promotes savings in shipping and transportation costs, among other efficiencies.

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) brings together advanced machinery, analytics and people in the workplace. Airbus, a European aircraft manufacturer, integrates IIoT to its products. For example, a worker on the factory floor can use a tablet or smart glasses to assess a task and then send that information to a robotic tool that completes it. For engineers, this technology is changing the future trajectory of their careers as it is reliant on software and machine learning processes that enables efficient communications between the individual and devices.

The increasing use of this technology in any workplace will mean that the skills necessary to implement and maintain it will also evolve thus the work of engineers will change due to the rise of these technologies. Engineers with more knowledge in these areas will be important and in demand. Current engineers must prepare to transition in to future roles so when those opportunities arise, the transition is smooth.

Communicate Recruitment is a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We connect great people in the Engineering, Finance, IT, Freight and Contracting industries throughout Africa and South Africa on a permanent or part-time basis.  Visit our website to find out how we can connect you to your next career opportunity. 

Why introverts make a great hire
When hiring, recruiters and hiring managers usually have an ideal candidate in mind and in most cases, that candidate embodies traits of an extrovert; social, friendly and outspoken. There is nothing wrong with this approach (depending on the role) but by default, this excludes the introvert employee who is usually reserved and quiet.
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7/6/2018 6:00 AMKnow the industryBridget Maoko6/28/2018 12:00 PM
introverts, hiring, extroverts, interviews

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Interviews are an integral part of the hiring process. However, the skills required to excel in an interview are not necessarily required to excel in a job. When hiring, recruiters and hiring managers usually have an ideal candidate in mind and in most cases, that candidate embodies traits of an extrovert; social, friendly and outspoken. There is nothing wrong with this approach (depending on the role) but by default, this excludes the introvert employee who is usually reserved and quiet. There is more to introverts than what meets the eye.

Before we share the reasons why introverts make a great hire, we will share tips on how to make provision for them in the hiring process.

Cater for them
Every company has a handful of introverts and it's in the best interest of the company to play to the strength of those introverts. For example asking introverts impromptu questions during an interview process may not bring out the best in them but an extrovert who is notorious for thinking on their feet may excel on those questions. The onus is then on you as the recruiter to cater for the introvert.

Introduce alternatives like asking them to write, assessing them on how well they can put together a meeting under pressure or do research and present their findings. This will work in your favour, as you will be able to see past a great interviewee and a great candidate suitable for the job. Bare in mind that an introverted employee does not have worse people skills than an extroverted one, and they can still be team player.

They make great employees and leaders
Of course depending on the industry and job. But research has proven that in fact, introverts make great leaders, they are focused, patient and have an open mind. Warren Buffett, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg and Sir Isaac Newton to name a few are all introverts. Introverts are persistent, diligent and focused on work.

As an employer, find a way to incorporate them in your team. The very qualities that make them difficult to recruit are some of the same attributes that make them valuable, so create a work environment that welcomes employees of all walks of life.

Now, onto the crux of our the topic.

What makes them great hire?

  • Introverts tend to sit quietly at meetings, considering different points of view before forming their own opinions. When they finally do comment, they often add meaningful comments and balanced perspectives.
  • Introverts like to prepare for meetings and presentations, rather than "winging it.''
  • They tend to be reserved and exude a calm and steady presence. The ability to stay calm and measured in stressful circumstances is a great advantage.
  • They have a greater ability to listen to others and they are more inclined to nurture, coach and develop the people that work for them.
  • They are not easily distracted and can thrive without supervision.
  • They are not motivated by traditional rewards and contrary to popular believe, they make great rapport.
  • Introverts possess keen contemplative and analytical qualities that make them valuable team members

Employers tend to emphasise outspokenness and engaged interpersonal dynamics, because extroversion is the norm in the work place and culture but this way of sourcing talent to join your team can ostracise great talent that does not fall within those boxes.

We are a specialist recruitment company with over 3 decades of experience. We can help you source top talent, from passive to introvert. Visit our website to register your vacancy with us.

10 habits mentally strong people do
Most people know and understand that they have to exercise in order to be physically strong but what are they doing in order to be mentally strong?
Mental strength - as Wikipedia explains, its a measure of an individuals resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace.
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6/29/2018 6:00 AMTake the leadBridget Maoko6/14/2018 4:00 PM
Mental strength, thoughts, emotions, behavior

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Most people know and understand that they have to exercise in order to be physically strong but what are they doing in order to be mentally strong?
Mental strength - as Wikipedia explains, its a measure of an individuals resilience and confidence that may predict success in sport, education and the workplace. Mental strength consists of thoughts, emotions and behavior. Becoming mentally strong involves regulating your very thoughts, managing your emotions and behaving productively. Mental strength is a choice and a discipline, not an innate quality bestowed upon the few.

If you are unsure of your mental strength, here are 10 traits of people who are mentally strong you can benchmark yourself against.

1. They are responsible for how their life unfolds
Mentally strong people believe their happiness and success is a by-product of their own thinking, beliefs, attitudes, character and behaviour.

2. They modify their unhealthy beliefs
Mentally strong people refuse to allow self-limiting beliefs to restrict their potential. They understand their minds can be their best asset or their worst enemy.

3. They are emotionally intelligent
Decades of research now point to EQ being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. Cambridge Dictionary defines EQ as the ability to understand the way people feel, react and to use this skill to make good judgments in order to avoid or solve problems. EQ, unlike your IQ, which is fixed, is a flexible skill that you can improve with understanding and effort. EQ is the cornerstone of mentally strong person. 

4. They practice realistic optimism
Being a realistic optimist means that you are aware of challenges and understand that action needs to be taken in order to solve those challenges and you accept the situations that cannot be changed. Mentally strong people do not take pessimistic predictions laying down nor are they over confident, they are realistic optimists.

5. They know who they are
Knowing who you are is the greatest wisdom a human being can possess. Mentally strong people are at peace with who they are. They are aware of their limitations and strengths. They know their goals, what they love, their morals, needs, standards and what they will not tolerate.

6. They stay true to their values
Mentally strong people keep their priorities in line with their beliefs. They're courageous enough to live according to their values, even when it's not the popular choice.

7. They take care of their body
A healthy mind requires a healthy body. Mentally strong people understand that and strive to maintain a balanced lifestyle. They want to grow stronger and be the best version of their selves both mentally and physically.

8. They set healthy boundaries
Boundaries are all about honing in on your feelings and honoring them. Mentally strong people understand this and thus create healthy emotional and physical boundaries – which gives them room to grow.

9. They retain their personal power
 Mentally strong people do not give negative people power over them. They refuse to blame anyone for holding them back or dragging them down.

10. They practice gratitude
Counting their blessings instead of their burdens helps mentally strong people keep life in perspective.

Becoming mentally strong is a practice and there is no one right formula for it. It takes time, patience and willingness. Your mind is your greatest asset so take time to develop it.

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