Many businesses are in survival mode, but even those who are not, require new alternate solutions to deal with current day challenges. Management is hard pressed to find solutions to optimise their workforce. Generally, South African businesses have suffered from declining productivity over the past two decades. These trends suggest that current methods are failing to cope. Businesses are falling further and further behind global standards. So what’s the solution?

Stop doing what does not work. Conventional methods are evidently failing to reverse the downward trends. New radical thinking and alternate methods are required.

Why current methods have failed to cope

SA businesses have experienced massive dynamic changes since the new dispensation. These introduced many new challenges such as:

  • The introduction of complex labour laws,
  • Over 2000 new laws in government legislation the past decade,
  • A decline in technical and managerial skills,
  • Strikes and work stoppages,
  • Increasing costs and higher wage demands,
  • Government legislation,
  • A modernised, liberated and aspirant workforce,
  • Behaviour and culture change.

These collectively have caused a significant decline in productivity over time. Much of this has to do with the change in dynamics and work place complexity.

Why are many businesses in a vortex towards failure?

Many businesses are trapped in a vortex towards failure. Management have been through significant cost cutting exercises over the past three decades to survive the tough economic circumstances. The long term consequences have become evident. The loss of skills is reflected in productivity decline, management and their downstream managers are stretched beyond their ability to cope. Resource restraints are impairing management’s ability to implement urgent changes required for survival.

Increasing competition, low productivity and raising costs continue to tighten the vortex leaving management with less time and greater urgency to do something drastic.

The above scenario suggests that there is significant urgency for management to find solutions to turn their businesses around.

No matter what the circumstances, business is about survival. Management should have found ways to rise above the challenges.

If conventional methods worked, management would have been able to deal with the dynamic changes and taken their businesses to greater levels of competitiveness.

Given the circumstances, many businesses have limited options. These include businesses in the services sector, mining, construction, engineering, manufacturing, retail and many government departments.

Their greatest opportunity lies in their ability to convert their workforce into a highly productive and efficient unit. Given that current methods have failed, without technological enablement their quest becomes hopeless.

The Alternative Solution

It provides strategies, innovative methodologies and solutions which are technology driven. These collectively we refer to as interventions.

These interventions focus on;

  • Making the business more productive in critical areas rapidly.
  • Reducing costs and wastage in operations.
  • Enabling successful and sustainable implementation of our interventions with minimal impact on management’ tiers, its resources and time.
  • Overcoming the many hurdles which prevent management from achieving a motivated and highly productive workforce as an entity.
  • Creating capacity within management tiers where more time becomes available to implement and make changes towards continuous improvement.
  • Pushing accountability down to execution levels.
  • Minimise the impact of financial restraints by provide a self-funding project with an almost immediate return on investment.
  • Provide a continuous improving platform with sustainable outcomes.
  • Introduce new sustainable behaviour and culture changes towards continuous

In summary Edutouch provides a turnkey solution. This includes the technology, its implementation and professional services in Business performance, through to implementation, change management, going live and after implementation support.

Look out for our next article, where we explain more about the solution

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