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For the second consecutive year, Africa People Advisory tracks human resources trends on the African continent with insightful results

African Peoples’ Advisory Group (APAG) ( is about to launch the second analytical report that tracks various HR trends on the African continent, with a particular focus on new ways of working.

This year, the study has attracted an increased number of participants following the inaugural study in 2021. According to Deon de Swardt, Managing Partner of APAG, “We are overwhelmed by the number of responses to the Insights study from this year. The more responses we receive, the stronger the insights and trends outlined in the report become. With 188 attendees from 21 countries spanning 20 industries, it is evident that this report is valued across the continent as its popularity continues to grow.

APAG highlighted six trends which are unpacked and detailed in the report:

Traditional staffing and organizational structures are under pressure

One of the big changes noted in this year’s survey is the movement in the level of intention to change organizational structures and embark on job redesign. Last year it was reported that there was limited intent to redesign jobs and organizational structures to take advantage of the impact of technology and the 4IR. This year, a 17% increase was reported.

According to Janene Schwartz, Managing Partner of APAG, “The lack of attention to redesigning organizational structures came as a surprise in last year’s study. It’s encouraging to see that organizations are focusing on ensuring that the structure and content of roles supports a technology-driven business world. »

The African continent shows the first signs of a “great resignation”

By now, most people in the field of human resources and management have heard of the term “The Great Resignation”. Africa is beginning to experience a version of the “Great Resignation”. In the study, 52% of participants observed an increase in quits in their organizations.

Remote and hybrid work models drive productivity gains

If you asked any HR professional what is one of the top buzzwords in HR circles, “hybrid working” would probably top the list. Hybrid work has grown in popularity as the post-pandemic era begins to emerge.

Although hybrid working has become more popular recently, many organizations surveyed still allow and encourage remote working.

Performance management as a practice is transforming

Covid-19 has given organizations an opportunity to review the effectiveness of their performance management practice and in many cases it would appear that the practice has fallen short of expectations. This is probably why we have seen so many changes reported this year in performance management practices.

The post-pandemic workplace is strongly people-centric

It has become apparent that a more people-centric working culture is developing. This is driven not only by changes from an organizational perspective, but also, in one form or another, by employee demand. Employees vote with their feet, and progressive organizations work hard to focus on creating a positive employee experience.

The HR skills development agenda is clear, now is the time to act

The role of human resources has grown considerably over the past two years. The function was expected to effectively deal with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only did HR have to deal with day-to-day issues, but they also had to deal with remote working, cost pressures, employee well-being and corporate support to maintain employee engagement levels. employees as high as possible.

In conclusion, Nicol Mullins, Managing Partner of APAG, said: “Ultimately, the report shows us that there is a very clear shift towards truly people-centric corporate cultures. We are interested to see how this larger trend progresses in the years to come. »

To learn more about these six trends and get the link to download the report, join APAG on August 18 at the report’s online launch.

Click here ( to register for the online launch or to receive the report directly in your inbox.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa People Advisory Group.

Editorial contacts:
People Advisory Services in Africa
Deon de Swardt
Managing partner
Tel: +27 82 467 1459
E-mail: [email protected]

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