December 2018 – Are you ready to switch off?
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa
In the age of technology, we constantly find ourselves “switched on”. But, a report by the Harvard Business Review says failing to switch off during a holiday can erode company culture. Read more below.
If you’re an Employer, make sure you take a look at our featured diaspora and local talent below or get in touch directly. If you’re an employee in the market, take a look at our featured career opportunities and make sure we’ve got your CV.
December was an exceptionally busy month. We hosted a bespoke candidate event for Mastercard in London. Be sure to check out the photographs in next month’s newsletter.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Onwards & Upwards
The Homecoming Revolution Team
|The importance of “switching off” during a holiday|
Taking time to “switch off” and recharge during a holiday is not a luxury but an absolute necessity in order to be effective in your career.
A recent report by the Harvard Business Review says that failing to switch off during a holiday break can actually erode company culture. The report showed that just 14% of managers unplug when they’re on vacation. At the most senior levels of leadership, a mere 7% do. The majority check in with work at least once a day. Failure to support switching off can lead to a less engaged and committed workforce with 4 in 10 employees who work in this kind of environment likely to be looking for a new job in 2019.
We put together 5 steps to actively help you recharge and refresh before the new year.
1. Plan ahead
Ensure you have a plan of action in place to complete outstanding work. Small amounts of work over a longer period of time is much less stressful and will prevent a huge backlog when you return.
2. Make comprehensive Handover Notes
It is important to tie up all loose ends before you go on holiday. Compile comprehensive handover notes and ensure you have delegated key tasks to your colleagues. Provide one of your colleagues with the relevant details should an emergency arise.
3. No Emails!
This can be a very difficult rule for many who are glued to their mobile phones on a daily basis. Switching off means taking a real break. Therefore, removing emails from your phone during your holiday is a valuable tool to help you truly recharge and rest.
4. Engage in a daily practice
Whether it’s a daily walk, yoga or reading a book, take the time to indulge in the things you don’t have time to do when you’re at work.
A study published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that sitting back and doing nothing can boost your skills, productivity and commitment.
|For Employers – See Our Talent Hot List|
Please contact our headhunters if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:
South African EE Female – Senior Marketing Manager – Aviation
|Africa Outlook 2019|
|A Selection of Job Opportunities|
CIO – FMCG – Cape Town
|We are continually working on many roles in addition to the ones above. So, if you’re in the market, please make sure we have your CV so we can match you to opportunities as they arise.|
|Out & About|
Watch: SA music icons honour legendary Johnny Clegg
Legendary South African singer Johnny Clegg has been honoured by over 50 of South Africa’s most popular artists and international stars.
The musicians recorded a cover of Clegg’s ‘The Crossing’ in a special tribute. The song was uploaded by singer Karen Zoid to YouTube. It features artists like Kurt Darren, Majozi, Mike Rutherford, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel, Craig Lucas, Johnny’s son Jesse, David Kramer, Craig Hinds and so many more. Watch the video here.
South Africa: SA is like skydiving when you have no idea who packed your chute
Recent South African homecomer Melissa Leigh speaks about why she came home from the UK.
I have contemplated writing this for some time now. Weekly, sometimes daily, I am asked the question ‘Why did you return to South Africa?’I joined the ‘let’s immigrate’ process a while back.
Oh! The temptation of the UK, the thought of being safely ensconced in a society that functions on a level that most of us dream of, a life where contribution equals return. Country roads, Sainsburys with gorgeous produce, markets and farm stalls, walks that were so beautiful they can make your head dizzy. Sick? … pop into the local doc, all sorted.
Sounds like heaven right? Yeah, possibly…Read more.
13 things Kenyans miss most while living abroad
Once you get on that plane and wave goodbye to your mother country, the excitement, curiosity of arriving and exploring your new home always overwhelms many.
But as time goes by, and you start getting used to your surroundings, that’s when you remember how sweet that Ketepa tea made your mornings or may be how Ugali once left you drowsy that hot Monday afternoon. You then find yourself really missing home.
It’s no secret, Kenyans miss a lot of stuff from home when abroad. This article lists 13 things – some crazy – that Kenyans miss when miles and miles away…Read more.
There’s a chance to create opportunities
Tijani Ogunlende moved to the US from Nigeria when he was 16 years old, but after 13 years in the US, he decided to move back to Nigeria in 2015…Read more.