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Remote Managers Killing Culture – 2 in 3 Professionals Threaten to Quit

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Remote managers negative impact on culture – 60% of professionals report feeling ‘disengaged’ due to lack of face time with leaders

  • 2 in 3 professionals will leave their job this year if they don’t get more face time with their manager
  • Half state that less meetings and interaction with their manager has impacted their output
  • A quarter of professionals ‘don’t communicate’ with their manager at all when WFH – up from 3% at the start of the pandemic
  • 1/3 of managers have disbanded face-to-face catchups with employees for good
  • 62% of professionals would decline a job offer if not delivered in person (F2F or video call), with three quarters expecting a job offer to come from prospective line manager rather than HR

2 in 3 South African professionals have reported that they are ‘highly likely’ to leave their job this year due to a lack of face time with leaders within their organisation.

Following news that President Cyril Ramaphosa would like to bring South Africa’s national state of disaster to a close next month, an annual employee survey from recruiter Robert Walters reveals the potential damage of upholding remote leadership in 2022.

Results from the survey indicate a correlation between a decrease in performance and morale for professionals who claim they see their manager (face-to-face) less than once a week.

Both performance and morale steadily increased for professionals who spent more days in the office with their manager.

The ‘wrong kind’ of Autonomy

48% of professionals stated that fewer meetings and less interaction with their manager has led to a dip in their output.

In fact, when asked how often professionals speak to their line manager when working from home, 22% stated that they “don’t really communicate with manager when working from home” – up from just 3% who stated the same at the beginning of the pandemic.

A third of managers have permanently adopted a new management style post-COVID, in favour of holding catch-ups (both formal and informal) with their staff over the phone or via video call – rather than in person.

Many professionals believe that this increasing lack of contact with their line manager has resulted in them being overlooked for new opportunities (44%), progression (37%), and training (26%).

 Samantha- Jane Gravett,  Associate Director for Robert Walters – Africa comments:

“As the concrete solidifies on hybrid working schemes, the long-term impact of remote leadership is yet to be assessed, but it cannot be ignored.

“Professionals striving  for progression want to show initiative, adaptability, and the ability to handle responsibility by themselves – and so by nature they won’t necessarily ask for more face time with their manager as they feel it works against the point they are trying to prove.

“Outside of effective delegation and general team management, a line manager must act as a leader – guiding and supporting each individual and helping to finesse and bring out star qualities and skills.

“This leadership skill is not simply an ‘add-on’ to a line managers duty but critical – and central to that is high levels of engagement, face time and shadowing. Businesses must understand that if they are to have a solid future talent pipeline they should take a look at the current management style of their leadership team and make adjustments to ensure there is face to face interaction, where possible.”

Face to Face Interaction Important for New Employees

Added to that, the survey found that 62% of professionals would be ‘put off’ a new job offer not delivered in person (F2F or video call) – with a generic email (57%), voice call (33%), or a voicemail being the leading approaches that would put prospective candidates off.

Over three quarters (77%) of professionals believe that prospective line managers should be the one presenting a job offer to a candidate – rather than HR – with a further 45% stating that it is important that they are invited to a team lunch or social within the first week of starting their new job.

Samantha comments: “Job satisfaction takes many forms, but these survey results highlight how companies need to be acutely aware of the potentially negative effects of impersonal processes for hiring or managing employees.

“Where in many instances technology and the virtual world can aid proficiency, it is no replacement for human interaction when trying to engage a prospective employee or onboard a new hire.”

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Aviation Workers Kick Against the Concession of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Others

Aviation Unions have vowed to resist any attempt to concession any of the Nigerian International Airports amid a series of labour issues left unresolved. 

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Aviation Unions have vowed to resist any attempt to concession any of the Nigerian International Airports amid a series of labour issues left unresolved. 

Rising from an emergency congress at the headquarters of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), aviation unions noted that since the decision to concession the four most important airports in Nigeria was taken, the unions have vigorously opposed the idea.

The unions which attended the emergence congress include the Air Transport Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, the National Union of Air Transport Employees, and the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals.

Investors King could recall that the Federal Government is planning to concession four major international airports in Nigeria which include the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Murtala Mohammed International Airports, Lagos, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, and Port Harcourt International Airport. 

According to the government, the concessions which are currently ongoing will usher more investment into the country’s aviation industry. 

Following the successful concession of the four major international airports, the government also intends to concession at least 17 other airports which are under the management of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). 

Meanwhile, the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sikira has announced the preferred bidders for three of the four international airports up for grabs. 

The minister announced Corporation America Airports Consortium as the preferred bidder for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja while the preferred bidder for Murtala Mohammed International Airports was TAV/NAHCO Project Planet Limited. 

He added further that Corporation America Airports Consortium also emerged as the preferred bidder for Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. 

In preparation for the concession, the minister of aviation has issued a directive for the demolition of the office of FAAN, the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority in Lagos.

This directive however did not go down well with aviation unions who alleged a lack of trust and transparency on the part of the minister. 

The unions observed that the rush to deliver the project at all costs showed some suspicion which could create a disaster for the country’s aviation industry. 

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Twitter to End Remote Work, Staff to Work 40 Hours a Week

Elon Musk has suspended remote work for the social media staff while he also noted that employees will now work 40 hours a week, an email sent to staff stated. 

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Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk has suspended remote work for the social media staff while he also noted that employees will now work 40 hours a week, an email sent to staff stated. 

Investors King understands that the new work policy is coming after the company sacked 3,700 workers last week, about half of Twitter’s workforce. The cut in the workforce will subsequently require more working hours from the unaffected staff. 

In addition, Musk also stated in the email message that the “road ahead is arduous and will require intense work to succeed”. He added that “difficult times” lie ahead. 

In contrast to this, the microblogging platform informed its staff in May 2020, that the company would allow staff to work from home “forever”, if they wish because it recorded huge success during the pandemic lockdown. 

However, Musk who is also the CEO of Tesla and Word richest man noted that there could be exceptions in special conditions after such a case has been personally vetted by himself. 

“Remote work is no longer allowed, unless you have a specific exception. Managers will send the exception lists to me for review and approval,” Musk wrote in the email. 

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has revealed that Twitter is having a massive drop in revenue due to the suspension of paid advertisements on the platform by some notable brands.

It will be recalled that high-spending brands such as Volkswagen, Ford, and General Motors have suspended paid advertisements on Twitter. 

The brands had raised concerns with the new policy which the social media policy will adopt. 

Elon Musk had hinted that a number of banned accounts which includes Donald Trump’s will be reinstated while the platform will be open to “free speech”. 

Therefore, a handful of brands that are concerned that the platform will eventually open its floor for hate speech and divisive content are worried about what might be the effects of it. 

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Google Introduced New Platform “Interview WarmUp” to Help Job Seekers in Africa

Google launches a platform to help job seekers in Africa prepare for interviews

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American multinational tech company, Google has introduced a new platform named “Interview WarmUp” to help job seekers in Africa.

The new platform which was first released in October 2022 for exclusive users will help to prepare job seekers ahead of their interview. 

Although anyone irrespective of their career choice can use the platform, a check by Investors King, however, revealed that the platform is primarily designed for people who want to seek or further a career in the tech industry

Some of the specialised fields listed on the platform include Data Analytics, E-Commerce, IT support, Project Management, and UX Design. 

Interestingly, using the platform is entirely free and it can be accessed on the latest versions of Chrome on OSX, Windows, and Android, as well as the latest version of Safari on iOS devices. 

Intending users could click on the platform website “Interview WarmUp”  to get started. 

According to Google Africa’s head of Brand and Reputation, Mojolaoluwa Aderemi-Makinde, “Interview WarmUp” is a  tool that reinforces Google’s commitment to continue helping job seekers in Africa to improve their interview skills and prepare them for the careers they want. 

She added that the tool will help the users to stand out among the large number of people seeking for the limited available job opportunities in Africa. 

Meanwhile, Google has estimated that an average job listing in Africa attracts more than 2,400 applicants which makes most of the job listings highly competitive. 

The tech company added that starting a career in a new industry could be hard especially if there are no family members, friends, or mentors that can help.

In such a case, the use of Google “Interview WarmUp” could be helpful to be better prepared and instil confidence. 

While using “Interview WarmUp”, users will be asked a number of both technical and general questions ranging from users’ background, situational approach, and technical applications.

Users can also review their responses to the question and try the process all over again until they get better at it. 

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