Using the hard lessons from 2014 to your advantage in the New Year
by Beth Cook

January 2015   A comprehensive strategy coupled with well-executed implementation can turn your organisation’s workforce into your most competitive advantage. This is according to Beth Cook, the CEO of Progression, a leading Human Capital and Transformation Solutions Service Provider. She says that there are four distinct trends that emerged from 2014, which her management team have identified as key drivers for the development of successful and sustainable skills development and diversity strategies. Develop a learning organisation The extraordinarily rapid growth of technology and new digital platforms has provided unrestricted access to a wealth of information at our fingertips. We’re now living in the “everyone’s an expert” age, where expertise is less sought after in a world where people are more aware of what is going on around them, and if in doubt they ...
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How to Change a Life - Using the Power of Technology to Change Attitudes Towards People With a Disability in the Workplace.

December 2014  Could the power of technology be the vital weapon in our arsenal that we use to break down those barriers created by the stigma for people with disabilities in the workplace? While legislation has come a long way in addressing shortcomings in our society, including the previous marginalisation of individuals with disabilities, we still have a long way to go in changing individual beliefs. This is according to Lutendo Mpfumba, a Support Coordinator at Progression who recently engineered a campaign in celebration of National Disability Rights Awareness Month. She shares some unique insight into some of the challenges surrounding people with disabilities, and the need for equal and fair participation from all. As we reflect on the 2014 National Disability Rights Awareness Month (3 November to 3 December 2014), the UN Enable Report states there are currently more than one billion pe...
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What Mental Health Needs is More Unashamed Conversation
by Justene Smith

October 2014 - ‘Mental Health’ is regarded as a state of well-being in which an individual realises their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community. Justene, Occupational Support Co-ordinator  at Progression, will be offering her insight over the month of October, recognised as World Mental Health Awareness Month, around managing mental health as well as the needs for rights & equality in the workplace. According to the HealthSA website, 1 in 4 people experience conditions that affect their ‘mental health’ at some point in their lives.  With this statistic in mind mental well-being and any conditions that might affect it should be considered as everybody’s business.  A mental health condition, most commonly referred to as a disorder or illness,...
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Skills Development Challenges: Quality means doing it right when no-one is looking

30 September 2014 - Ali Tambellini, Training Academy Manager, and Alana Perumal, Skills Development Facilitator, at Progression – a transformation-driven company specialising in Disability Employment Equity & Skills Development within corporate South Africa – provide insight into the challenges of implementing a Skills Development Strategy, the process involved, and their support of a QMS. William Cooper Procter noted in the 1880’s that the profitability of an organisation is determined by three critical factors: productivity, cost of operations, and the quality of a product that creates customer satisfaction. Today’s modern workforce requires organisations to speak to the needs of both their internal and external customers. Quality in our workplace training must be a priority. A Quality Management System (QMS) encourages employers to formalise their internal policies and...
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