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Top companies build and sustain a culture of engagement and are often led by CEOs who understand that employee engagement is not just a nice-to-have but critical to achieving business results.  This was confirmed by Aon Hewitt’s 2015 Trends in Global Employee Engagement report, which points out that leaders in these elite organisations also understand that employee engagement is primarily their responsibility.

Meanwhile, South Africa’s lack of engineering skills is once again under the spotlight, with the ongoing “brain drain” a challenge for the country. While engineering skills are in high demand locally, they are also one of the most exportable skills for those looking for employment in almost any country – which could be the root of the local shortage.

In other news, it turns out that, if South African knowledge workers fully utilised flexible working, it would be possible to add an extra R17-billion per year to the South African economy through the more productive use of available working hours – the equivalent of 0,4% of the GDP.

And finally, Obi Worldphone has launched a family of smartphones specifically targeted at the youth sector in the emerging markets of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It will officially establish its presence in South Africa in November.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team