Speak round a ‘return to normal’ is now not a matter of dialogue for companies in South Africa, as the pandemic has essentially modified the nation’s office, says Georgina Barrick, managing director at Community Contracting Options, AdvTech Resourcing’s Contracting Division.
Talking to Michael Avery within the newest episode of BusinessTalk, Barrick mentioned that internationally there was rising discuss of a ‘great resignation’ as the pandemic has led staff the world over to weigh up their employment choices and take into account whether or not they really get pleasure from their work.
Whereas this development has not hit South Africa in a significant manner as but, it is seemingly to be seen more clearly within the close to future, Barrick mentioned.
Whereas South Africa faces a file excessive unemployment fee, which hit 34.4% within the final quarter (Q2 2021), there is nonetheless a dearth of abilities in sure sectors. This implies extremely expert South Africans have the chance to be more discriminant within the work they select to tackle post-pandemic.
“It is not about people leaving the country per se. It is about people changing their jobs because they have rethought or reimagined their career and what is important to them,” she mentioned.
“I think the pace that we have been operating at (during the pandemic) has been unsustainable, and so we are seeing more organisations addressing mental health and wellness as being locked in your home has been very tough on many people.”
Barrick mentioned that this had been exacerbated for professionals who’ve had kids homeschooling throughout the lockdown, as nicely as having to take care of different home-based tasks whereas nonetheless attempting to work.
“Your workday is not an 08h00 to 17h00 day. It’s 08h00 to 17h00, followed by a pause, a second job of dealing with your family, and then restarting work at 20h00 or 21h00.”
Barrick mentioned that this immense stress has led people to consider precisely what they need to be doing, leading to employees turnover.
“We are seeing a lot of international companies looking to South Africa for skills, which gives contractors the opportunity to work on international projects and not leave the country.”
You may watch the complete BusinessTalk interview with Barrick under.
Enterprise Speak – Georgina Barrick on the post-pandemic office in South Africa