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Paternity leave
If you're still unsure about this new Amendment Act, read our blog today.
paternity leave
6/20/2019 12:15 PMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego6/20/2019 12:15 PM
Network Recruitment

President Cyril Ramaphosa approved a major game changer to the paternity leave regulation last year. This new Amendment Act now permits fathers to receive 10 successive days of paternal leave from the date of birth as opposed to three days. This also applies to one parent who has a child via surrogacy and adoption under the age of two years.

According to law firm Wright Rose-Innes, paternity leave is unpaid leave like its counterpart maternity leave (in some organisations). However, this should not prevent an employer from providing paid parental leave to the father if they provide paid maternity leave.

"The Amendment Act also provides for the Unemployment Insurance Act to allow a parent claiming paternal leave the opportunity to claim unemployment insurance of 66% of the earnings of the parent at date of the claim, provided the parent was in employment for at least 13 weeks before the date of application for such parental benefits. The employer will, therefore, be under an obligation to assist the parent to claim parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund but this does not stop an employer from providing for paid or proportionally paid parental leave – although the Amendment Act makes it clear that the parent cannot receive more than the parent would have received had the parent not been on parental leave."

This is an incredible victory for all parents in South Africa.

MP Cheryllyn Dudley explains:

 

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The millennial factor: younger bosses
Being a 'younger boss' can be intimidating.  The truth is that managing any team, regardless of your age, is a challenge, albeit one which can be overcome.
millennial factor
6/11/2019 9:50 AMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego6/11/2019 9:50 AM
Network Recruitment

By the year 2020, studies indicate that more than 70% of the workforce/ workplace will comprise of millennials. As they begin to mature, climb the corporate ladder and move into higher positions, they are no longer the youngest generation in the job market. However, they still hold about 20% of all executive roles.

Are millennials ready to lead?

According to Executive Headlines, millennials are not ready to lead now because they lack the experience to do so. Although they are the most innovative and solution-driven generation, they lack the confidence and experience to take up leadership positions.

There is hope

Being a 'younger boss' can be intimidating.  The truth is that managing any team, regardless of your age, is a challenge, albeit one which can be overcome. When you are placed in a managerial role, you learn to change your perspective from telling your team how to do something they are good at, to challenging them to do better.

What to do?

1.    Be transparent and set an example

24-year veteran at Microsoft and CEO, Julie Larson-Green, says "you model behaviour as a leader. And the number-one thing I have learned about creating a work-life balance for the team is to be reliable. I'll say, "I've got my kid's soccer; I'm out." Or, "I've got Ultimate Frisbee" - that's what my son's really into. Whenever he has a game, I mark it on my calendar and let people know. Then they can work around that. When you're working as a team, it's the unknown - like, where is that person or why aren't they here? - that's a problem."

2.    Have the right conversations with your team

It's always best to know what keeps your team motivated and happy for them to continue delivering the best results. For example, if your team consists of older employees, they may value flexitime as an incentive more than money. There are many younger bosses' who underestimate the value in knowing their team members and supporting them, which is the correct and appropriate way to get the best possible results.

3.    Have a clear direction

As a new manager, it's crucial for you to have a clear goal you want your team to achieve. Career coaches suggest adopting a more democratic style of leadership. Many call this the participative leadership methodology, where team members including the manager are all included in the decision-making process - it's inclusive and encourages participation from everyone. For example, if all your team members are involved in the decision-making process they are more inclined to move in the same direction.

As exciting as this is for millennials, you will still need the assistance of an industry expert. Contact Network Recruitment for your next career move.

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Chase your passion, not your pension
Given our current unemployment rate, candidates need more than technical skills and experience to be a cut above. Watch this video to stay on top of the game.
passion vs pension
Chase your passion
6/6/2019 4:10 PMCareer Management and DevelopmentLerato Mashego6/6/2019 4:10 PM
Network Recruitment, Recruitment agency, finance recruitment, engineering recruitment, IT recruitment

As technology progressed, our niche areas industry have become sophisticated, complex, and intricate. Given our current unemployment rate, competition for employment is rife and, as various IT, Finance, Engineering and Supply Chain professionals hit the market, candidates need more than technical skills and experience to be a cut above.  The secret ingredient: passion.

Watch Steve Jobs explain this:

 


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Three tips to embrace digital transformation in construction
Attention all engineering construction professionals! Here are tips to help you harness the benefits of the digital revolution.
digital transformation in construction
digital transformation in construction
5/29/2019 9:20 AMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego5/29/2019 9:20 AM
Network Engineering, engineering recruitment, construction recruitment

The future of construction is digital. Not only are construction professionals and leaders embracing this digital revolution, they are hopeful that this change will affect their industry in a positive way.

Is the industry ready?

Yes, it is. In fact, one of the big 4 audit firms revealed in a survey that 55% of construction and engineering professionals believe their industry is mature enough to handle this revolution. Although 95% think this transformation will change the industry significantly, 74% believe this change will be in full swing in less than 2024.

However, in 2016, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP released a strategy report which suggested that the construction industry could be falling behind when it comes to digital transformation. It mentioned that some construction companies are still using paper-based processes which stymied productivity. For example, mailing revised blueprints, tracking paper receipts and invoices or driving to sites to inspect and implement small changes waste a contractor's time and money.

Here are some tips on how to harness the benefits of the digital revolution.

You can manage projects from any location

Instead of making use of outdated paper blueprints, construction crew members are using tablets to review and inspect plans. In addition, digital photos allow managers to inspect sites remotely. Furthermore, project management software can show real-time revisions and changes that increase transparency within the industry reduces errors and delays and forces crew members be accountable for their work.

You can work effectively on site

Having certain apps and software at your disposal eliminates the time factor. For example, a foreman doesn't have to get back to the office to update blueprints anymore as this can be done immediately on site. These tech platforms enable professionals to adjust plans in real-time which eliminates delays that can affect project deadlines. According to Construction Dive, these digital tools allow foremen to immediately retrieve and compare data on actual project hours, budgeted hours, and remaining hours, which helps keep projects on or close to budget.

You can track your expenses anywhere

Centralising expenses on a digital platform will provide you with a holistic view of all your project expenses and where your finances are. Digitising your expenses ensures that every expense is accounted for.

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How great leaders make their own luck
Watch this video and learn the traits leaders need to help their organisations thrive in times of chaos and uncertainty.
great leaders
Great leader
5/21/2019 2:45 PMLeadershipLerato Mashego5/21/2019 2:45 PM
Network Recruitment

​Which traits do leaders need to help their organisations thrive in times of chaos and uncertainty?

Watch this video to find out.

 

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Three important skills developers need
Attention Developers! Set yourself apart from your peers this year by refining these three critical skills.
developer skills
Developer skills
5/16/2019 9:55 AMCareer Management and DevelopmentLerato Mashego5/16/2019 9:55 AM
IT recruitment agency, Developer jobs, Network Recruitment, Network IT Recruitment

Developer skillsAs lucrative as the IT industry may be, it is equally competitive. Although job opportunities for developers abound, they also need to refine their skills to keep ahead of the competition.

Studies reveal that there is a soft skills shortage in the IT job market. "While 'hard' skills are the most needed, there is a greater shortage of soft skills. Therefore, when it comes to landing competitive jobs like developer roles, soft skills lead to higher rates of hire," a LinkedIn Emerging Jobs report revealed last year.

This blog will outline three crucial skills that developers need to refine in order to set themselves apart from their peers.

1.    Become a better communicator

Communication in the IT industry has become particularly vital.  Not only do developers need to possess technical skills, they need to be able to communicate effectively with their team and other stakeholders. Developers need to be able to listen and learn simultaneously.

Solution: According to an article by codinggame.com, "This advice is given in theatre and improvisation classes. If we expect you to react properly to what is said to you, then you must give it the correct attention. If you don't want to forget an idea you just thought about when listening, you can ask for a moment, write it down quickly and focus back on your interlocutor. It can only lead to a healthier discussion." For example, when a teammate is explaining a technical solution to you, you must have the ability to not block them out because you understand the solution already.

2.    Become a better project manager

Gone are the days when developers worked in silos and were assigned project managers to facilitate the workflow. The industry has morphed these two roles in such a way that one cannot function without the other. Developers must have project management skills and vice versa. Studies reveal that developers make the best project managers since they inherently understand what's going on in a project because they code it.

Solution: Upskill yourself by finding training programs or courses to gain project management skills, and then apply it in practise to develop experience.

3.    Become a mentor

Developers are known for being task-driven individuals who focus on their own career growth. As you climb the career ladder you will interact with junior developers seeking career advice. This is your opportunity to assume the role of a leader or mentor. Make the most of this opportunity to impart your skills and knowledge to more junior team members.

Solution: Find mentees you believe in to develop and grow. If you are in a senior role, you should expect to receive frequent questions from your mentees. Hold regular meetings with your mentees to build an honest, strong and trusted relationship. Set goals for your mentees and share your experiences.

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4 Tips to reduce staff turnover
Battling to retain new staff? This blog is a must-read.
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reducing staff turnover
5/9/2019 10:15 AMEmployee WellnessLerato Mashego5/9/2019 10:15 AM
Network Recruitment, recruitment agencies, top candidates, job opportunities

reducing staff turnoverMoving on to new job opportunities is a healthy part of career growth for professionals and could even be beneficial to the company. However, there is an increasing trend where new employees are resigning within a few months of appointment, and employees who have been with the company for several years seem demotivated. Staff morale is low, turnover is high and your bottom line is starting to suffer.  What do you do?

A quick diagnosis

The Business Dictionary describes staff turnover as the ratio of the number of employees that leave a company through attrition, dismissal or resignation during a period, to the number of employees on the payroll during the same period. In short, it's the rate at which an employer gains and loses employees.  High turnover may be harmful to a company's productivity if skilled workers leave often and the worker population contains a high percentage of novice workers.

Vital statistics summarised

According to www.callcentrehelper.com, over 50% of newly appointed employees will leave the company within two years.  One in four employees will leave within six months.  Nearly 70% of organisations report that staff turnover has a negative impact and approximately 70% of organisations report having difficulties in replacing staff. Staff turnover is a good indication of the health of the company:  a high number of resignation letters in a short time period should indicate that more than a Band-Aid is needed to stop the bleeding.

Prevention is better than cure

In today's workforce, it's becoming increasingly important to hire the best professionals for the job.  However, it is also crucial to retain new hires. Top talent know that they have options, and if they do not connect with a company or manager, and don't experience job satisfaction, they may not stay for long.  How do you obtain a clean bill of health?  A good place to start is to compile a solid retention strategy before hiring new staff. 

The tips below will help you to retain new hires:

  • Start with the heartbeat: why are employees leaving?

The image of the organisation, as well as its attractiveness to potential employees, is crucial. Understanding the reasons why employees leave or why candidates reject job offers is a  useful starting point.  Research shows that anonymous survey feedback from current employees renders the most effective results.

  • Determine employees' needs

Decide what kind of employees the company wants to attract and then determine what they want from an employer.  What unique selling proposition do you offer which other, similar companies don't?  This could range from flexible working hours to an in-office child care facility.  It's a good idea to conduct internal and external market research in this regard. Talk to experts in the industry when it comes to compiling compensation packages.  Specialist recruiters, like Network Recruitment, could be of great help to you in this matter.

  • Provide employees with a comfortable working environment

Employees spend most of their day at work.  It doesn't make sense for a company to adequately compensate the employee for the expertise he or she brings to the table, and then, for example, provide sub-standard chairs which contribute significantly to back pain and headaches.  Uncomfortable and spartan office settings often lead to low productivity and staff absenteeism, which, you guessed it, contribute to high staff turnover. 

  • Target your strategies

Targeted strategies (at individuals or divisions) work better than a blanket approach.

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5 tips for enhancing your online brand
Are you looking for ways to enhance your online persona? Here are tips to help you.
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4/23/2019 11:50 AMPersonal BrandingLerato Mashego4/23/2019 11:50 AM
Network Recruitment

Your online presence plays a significant role in your career. Depending on how you are perceived, your online footprint can not only position you as a thought leader in your niche market, but also open exclusive career and learning opportunities. Here are some tips to enhance your personal brand online.

Highlight your accomplishments on social media platforms

With specialist recruiters increasingly using social media to evaluate potential candidates, highlighting your career achievements is a good starting point. What successful projects were you part of? Did you implement processes that increased the productivity of your company?

Don't downplay your capabilities

As a professional, the worst mistake you could ever make online is to downplay your skills. Employers and specialist recruiters want to know what you bring to the table from their first interaction with your online persona. Consider infusing this vital information on all your social media platforms.

Become a thought leader

Participate in online conversations that resonate with you. Repost articles and engage with like-minded professionals in your industry to cultivate an organic audience. To take it further, you could also write content on trending topics in your industry.

Don't forget to network

Platforms such as LinkedIn make it easy for professionals to connect with their peers. Start and cultivate meaningful connections with these professionals in your social media networks as it may advance your career. In an article titled 'stay top of mind by being an effective networker', we highlight the importance of nurturing the relationships in your network.

Be authentic

If you would like to differentiate yourself from all the other job seeking professionals, incorporate your unique personality and core values online. Your online persona should inspire other professionals. Know your speciality, speak with one voice and be consistent. All of these will create an authentic brand that will leave a long-lasting impression.

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Announcement: NWR Supply Chain
We have exciting news to share with you.
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Supply chain
4/17/2019 4:35 PMJob Search, OtherLerato Mashego4/17/2019 4:35 PM
Network recruitment

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Millennials as an important resource in the modern workplace
In case you were wondering, millennials are an important resource in the modern workplace. Here's why.
millennials
Millennials
4/11/2019 11:10 AMIndustry NewsLerato Mashego4/11/2019 11:10 AM
Network Recruitment

MillennialsIn case you were wondering, millennials are an important resource in the modern workplace. With baby boomers retiring, and millennials currently holding about 20% of all leadership roles, it's vital for employers to create a culture that will allow millennials to thrive in organisations as their roles increase in leadership importance.

According to Cura Software Solutions' sales and operations regional director, Alex Roberts, the most valuable contribution millennials bring to the table is their close relationship with technology.

"The negative preconceived notions that some hold about this generation are often unsubstantiated, misguided and incorrect, and an attempt to understand how to maximise millennial efficacy can amplify the company's productivity," Roberts mentioned.

Although the generation has its own share of shortcomings, Roberts argues that the value they bring to the success of any organisation outweighs their preconceived weak points.

What do they bring to the table?

  1. Increased focus on teamwork. Millennials enjoy collaborating with others on projects. They have an increased focus on working together.
  2. Increased diversity and inclusivity. Millennials feel strongly about diversity and inclusion. A study by Pew Research revealed that millennials are more inclined to identify themselves as multicultural than any other generation before and after them.
  3. Increased flexibility. Studies found that millennials will stay at an organisation that encourages a flexible working environment. "Ultimately, the risk that millennials bring to the workplace is not that they lower the bar. In fact, their commitment to technological advancement, purpose-driven work, flexibility, inclusion, and diversity raises it," he suggests.

What's at stake?

If organisations fail to embrace millennials, they run the risk of falling behind their peers, particularly when it comes to technology. Technology is increasingly becoming a vital part of increasing production in the workplace and as such you will need tech-savvy employees. Living in a tech era, millennials are constantly adopting new ideas and willing to think out of the box.

Making it work

As technology continues to advance, so has the need for instant gratification. A millennial's desire to climb the corporate ladder quickly is often unrealistic - they can definitely stand to learn a few things from baby boomers. As millennials continue to step into leadership positions, it's up to employers to impart skills while helping them to develop their careers.

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