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The hard facts on soft skills: What REALLY drives workplace performance?

Over the last two to three years, there has been a dramatic shift in the way skills are viewed in the workplace. Business leaders are now recognising that no matter how highly qualified, skilled or intelligent an employee is, if they don't have strong soft skills they won't contribute to the workplace in the most meaningful way they can. And with business being conducted at an increasingly fast pace, employers also want people who are agile, adaptable and creative problem solvers.


How to draft a workplace skills plan

A workplace skills plan (WSP) is, according to the Services Seta website:

“…a strategic document that articulates how the employer is going to address the training and development needs in the workplace.”

Each employer must appoint a registered skills development facilitator who, with his skills development committee (SDC) will spearhead the process of developing your company’s WSP.


4 Things you need to check on before you even start putting your WSP together...

The deadline for submitting your workplace skills plan (WSP) and annual training report (ATR) is fast approaching. But before you spend any time incorrectly drafting either of these documents, make sure that you’ve gone through these four steps.


The value you get from your employees attending conferences and how to maximise it

A perennial complaint I hear from employers is that their employees ask to go on countless conferences, but these individuals cannot explain the value their employers will get out of said exercise. All the business owner can really see is that they will have to pay for the attendance fees plus their staff member’s salary while they are away – and who knows if they will really be focusing on the conference?


Coaching can cut student dropout rate

The high dropout rate among black SA students has been a concern in education circles for many years. However, the University of Johannesburg (UJ), in conjunction with the Centre for Coaching at the UCT Graduate School of Business, has come up with a practical solution – life coaching.