Gerhard Visser explains why both his companies will be appealing to HR professionals.
With over 3,000 attendees,close to 50 exhibitors and numerous knowledge sharing sessions, the inaugural HR Indaba was arguably a resounding success. In this article Gerhard Visser, Business Development Director at BEE Analyst & Associates and CEO at eStudy about why both his companies are going to be a part of this year’s conference.
As a management consultant, with the focus on B-BBEE and Skills Development, Gerhard is directly involved in various international businesses, such as EuropAssist, Societe Generale, and TiAuto, to name a few.
After spending more than 30 years in the “business development arena” he understands the challenges regularly faced by the corporate sector, and developed unique and practical business analysis methodologies and tools that convert theory into practical solution.
What does BEE Analyst do, how long has it been around and what was the reason for starting the company?
BEE Analyst comprises of experts in the analysis and interpretation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment. We add value to business through maximum benefit-driven B-BEE implementations that drive effective transformation, with the minimum expenditure.
The company was established in 2012 as a BEE consultancy firm assisting clients to achieve B-BBEE compliancy requirements of corporate South Africa.
Meanwhile, eSTUDY a sister company to BEE analyst, and is a digital training company that helps businesses to upskill and train their staff with cutting-edge technology and training innovation. We give businesses access to world-class training technology and revolutionary training methods.
Founded in 2015, eSTUDY provides B-BBEE-aligned and accredited training solutions to maximise B-BBEE skills development points of our clients.
How do you differentiate yourselves from other competitors in your space?
BEE Analyst is a specialist consultancy and offers solutions for even the most complex BEE challenges. Our proven track record coupled with a wealth of knowledge and expertise, supported by an online BEE Scorecard calculator and a basket of sustainable BEE solutions.
eSTUDY is a proudly South African digital training company with international flair and local accreditation meeting BEE criteria. eSTUDY is built on 4 pillars:
- a superior learning management system
- content development tools in partnership with CrossKnowledge
- SA’s most comprehensive library of content and training courses
- Training Intelligence with a full set of analytics that allows convenient reporting.
Why have you signed up for the HR Indaba and what should attendees look forward to seeing from you at the event?
Traditionally B-BBEE compliance and BEE-aligned skills development are handled by two functions in an organisation, namely HR and Procurement. As the HR Indaba attracts HR Professionals from all industries, it gives BEE Analyst and eSTUDY the perfect opportunity to showcase its unique solutions. BEE transformation, and continued budget cuts, whilst they must still achieve objectives of human capital development.
What would you say is the biggest challenge facing the HR profession?
Competition for talent is certainly one of the biggest challenges HR professionals face. As millennials and younger generations who demand more supportive work environments shift workplace demographics, we think it’s important to not only accommodate their preferences but to promote and maintain a company culture that allows them to flourish. This will require some change in practices, but we think this change will benefit everyone.
Similarly, Learning and Development (L&D) managers are under scrutiny, and need to perform in spite of huge budget cuts, given the 1 percent expected GDP growth and reduced training budgets. We are now living in a reality where the question is no longer “if my budget will be reduced” but rather “when will it happen”, and L&D professionals need to carefully consider their approach to developing the skills that will be needed in their organisations.