By now, you probably have read that Holistan will be setting up in the United Kingdom, with our sister office supporting us in Johannesburg, South Africa. We have made the move across, and England has welcomed us with lovely mild temperatures peaking around 10 degrees!
Here at Holistan, we decided NOT to open up any applications for candidates to join our team. Instead, we carefully selected professionals who know and trust, and whom we know will deliver the 5-star experience you, our client, has been accustomed to experiencing.
Meet our amazing team below.
“This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.”
- Author Unknown
2020 has been one hell of a year. C-19 seemed to overshadow everything and anything that happened – whether you got married, had a baby, changed jobs or moved to a new house… Our most notable memory of 2020 will be “the year of the plague”.
Every person I speak to says the same thing – “2020 was sh**!” And I don’t disagree! However, if we take a moment, there were in fact some positives the pandemic gave us. And in the spirit of gratitude, let us remember that there have been a number of blessings to count…
For months now, Holistan has been eluding to our BIG REVEAL that we have simply been itching to share with you! In fact, Part I of our grand reveal was published in September already, where we unpacked the shift in our business offering (read more here).
However, it’s time for us to make the final announcement today…
Success is defined differently by numerous professionals. However, the golden thread that perhaps connects us all in business, is that if you are providing solutions that lead to a continuous flow of bookings, there is a degree of success experienced.
I had some time to quietly reflect upon what success means to me, and how I am personally able to attain such, based on these five pillars I have nominated.
Disturbingly, I learned from a colleague who posted online, that there are recruiters who send their candidates the response “only candidates that paid for our services will be submitted”; or the candidates are being redirected to expensive coaching or CV services under the guise “your CV is not good enough, please pay for a revamp”.
This is unethical behaviour on the recruiter’s part, and unfortunately gives the quality recruiters (and CV writers) a bad name.
Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to your relationship with your recruiter.
An open letter to my colleagues who are or aspiring to be Registered Psychometrists…
I write this blog with much trepidation. No one likes to receive bad news. However, the beauty of problems (if you are an avid problem solver) is that there are always solutions on the table – if you’re willing to look for or consider them.
I registered as a Psychometrist in 2010. The journey was not a simple one, with almost losing my place in the BPsych course through UNISA due to some administrative hiccup. I fought my way into retaining my placement, and was so immensely proud when I passed my Board Exam first time, and went on to register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
My initial experience in the career was exciting at first (hell, anything new is exciting), but even in those early days, I found the scope of work fairly limiting.
Assess, score assessments, write report. Repeat.
It is no wonder after two years working for an Assessment House, I made a massive shift and went off to manage a national corporate radio station.
Three years later, with my heart still head over heels in love with human behaviour, psychology and analysing behavioural trends and performance, I decided to wipe the dust off of my shiny registration. Holistan was subsequently born.
Although officially a Registered Psychometrist, I now had (for the first time) the opportunity to broaden my scope, and force my way into unknown territories. I upskilled through formal courses and the University of Life, bumping my head along the way. I dabbled in tendering for massive contracts, a bit of recruitment, marketing underpinned by consumer behaviour, and lots more.
I started out believing I was competing with the big Assessment Agencies in South Africa, and quickly learned that without a team of human capital, sophisticated technologies at my disposal, and bucket loads of cash flow, I had to go back to the drawing board. I introspected, looked at what my unique set of skills, interests and passions were, and used this as my springboard to success.
The interview process can be a daunting one. After analysing THOUSANDS of candidates during various types of interviews, we have curated our BEST tips to ensure you make the best impression possible during your job interview.
Many of us experience stress in some shape or form, whether it is in the short term, or long-term stress – especially now during a Global Pandemic! This can be pretty unpleasant, but more insidiously, this may in fact affect your health – and the approach you encompass to your work.
The GOOD NEWS is that you can learn to manage your stress more effectively, by learning the right tools and techniques.
Below, we will be looking at what stress is, what increases your risk of feeling it, and how you can manage it, so that it does not affect you negatively. Remember! Your health is your wealth!
As a consultant that has often been required to host sessions for candidates outside of South Africa, I have historically not enjoyed online encounters. Particularly when it comes to conducting simulations (or otherwise known as role-plays), I always prefer observing the candidate’s body language in reality.
However, Covid pushed many Consultants and Health Care providers into an alternate reality in offering sessions online. After having little to no choice during our heavier lockdowns, we were all forced to adapt – and results have been varying. Some businesses (Holistan included) have embraced the many positives of having a more remote business. Time and cost spent traveling to client’s sites and our own business premise has been minimised; overheads have been drastically reduced by working from home; more flexibility can be offered PLUS we have developed more of an appetite to accommodate international clients means we have been able to scale our business globally.
Our contributors collectively boast a wealth of experience in assessments, HR, organisational development, change management and more!