Reasons you shouldn’t make that counteroffer.


With digital transformation taking over, near constant disruption hitting all industries and the Future of Work becoming the new normal, competition for in demand talent has become pretty fierce. When a star employee leaves, it can be costly to replace them. So it can be tempting to make a counteroffer that they simply can’t refuse. Here are few reasons why you shouldn’t.

Firstly, an employee will never make the decision to leave a steady job lightly, and have more than likely been thinking about making this change for a while. There could be underlying reasons that don’t involve compensation, such as issues with the corporate culture or a manager. In this case, a counteroffer is a simply a band aid.

Second, you are taking a risk on an employee who has threatened to leave once. There is nothing stopping them from doing it again. Avoid putting yourself in a situation where you have to wonder if your star employee is going to jump ship at any moment.

A positive workplace culture is the key to retaining great talent.


The research states time and again, that happy employees are productive employees. The average person spends 90 000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. That’s a third of your life! Today’s business plane is more challenging and stressful than ever before, and so a positive workplace culture can make ALL the difference to your bottom line. However, it’s easier said than done. So what can we do as leaders to carry the positive vibes through the ranks? These are my thoughts…

Connect your teams to your WHY – a purpose beyond profit. Go back to the beginning and remember why the business was started. There is often a very strong connection between how your employees feel about your company and how your clients do.

If you look for the good in every situation, you can change the narrative; the bright side is not overrated! Make a habit of this and your teams will surely follow suit.

The Top 10 soft skills DAV clients love.


Emotional intelligence has been a prevailing trend for the past few years, but it has never been more important or sought after in the workplace than it is today. Technology continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, and with near constant disruptive innovations taking on all industries, business leaders are recognising the role that soft skills have to play in embracing all the coming changes and future proofing themselves.

We’ve put together a list of the top 10 soft skills that our clients ask for on a daily basis, and the results are an interesting look into where the South African market is at the moment. 

DAV’s Top 10 in demand soft skills:

Who needs a New Year’s resolution when you have…?

The New Year is upon us and with our bodies and minds refreshed and ready, it’s the perfect time to get our ships in order for the year to come. We all know that people are what make a business great. If we have the right people in the right place, who believe in our goals and objectives, we are unstoppable. The sky is truly the limit!

In the spirit of adjusting our sails; here are some helpful tips to start the year off in smooth waters.

The first thing to think about is keeping your current employees engaged. They are fresh and ready to take on the world, and so this is the perfect time to tackle any organisational change initiatives you’ve been mulling over.

The second thing is to position yourself as a top employer (if you haven’t already). Company culture is more important than ever before in the quest for securing and retaining the best talent.

The early bird catches the worm.

As the silly season fast approaches, one thing comes to mind. Preparing for the New Year now rather than later. I say this because it’s something we don’t often think about, so get proactive and consider on-boarding scarce skills whilst they’re available!


January arrives with a plethora of opportunities for the hard to find skills, and with a buffet of opportunities for candidates to choose from, it’s harder for companies to secure these individuals. Stay ahead of the trends and your competition this year by making employment offers now.

Why act now?

  • A new hire usually brings with them that infectious, ‘new job’ enthusiasm! This translates to a much needed breath of fresh air for the team during the December slump and results in increased productivity.

  • January is the crazy recruitment season and often the demand outweighs the supply of talent. Avoid competing with multiple other offers.

4 Spooktacular things you didn’t know about DAV.

How time flies! It feels as if it were yesterday that we were hanging up cobwebs and pulling the witches hats from our attics; here we are again and what a crazy year it’s been for all of us.

Last month I asked the team what they think people don’t know about us. So in the spirit of Halloween we’re flicking the switch and giving you an inside look into the everyday life of DAV.

Without further ado, here are 4 things you probably didn’t know about us:

1. Trick or Treat

As the saying goes, life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. What stands out is that every interaction with a DAV Consultant WILL be a positive one. There is nothing worse than biting into a toffee apple and getting an onion. We strive to achieve success in every phone call, every meeting and every interview; to give the best of ourselves to our candidates and clients. Any interaction with DAV is a sure treat and no trick.

2. 34 days = Zombie takeover

Three ways to spring clean your business.

Spring is a beautiful time of year. Flowers pop up everywhere and the earth seems to have a blanket of glowing prosperity coating the surface. As the earth renews itself, it’s a great time to look at breathing fresh life into our businesses as well. Now that’s some serious synergy!

Now you might be wondering what in the world spring cleaning a team or business even means. Let me tell you, there is method to this madness! Here are three ways to spring clean your business and prepare to take operations to the next level in the New Year.

Review any business areas that may have been neglected throughout the year. This could be due to a lack of resources or placing emphasis on resources that don’t add enough value. It’s time to really dig deep and let go of the things that have little purpose anymore, or see if there’s any way that they can be incorporated better.

Find your Why!

I recently attended a DAV leadership training session which included a great TED piece focussing on finding your WHY and this simple idea is so inspiring that I just knew I had to share it.

Think about this. Why is Apple so innovative? Year after year they are more innovative than any of their competition, when all they really are is another computer company; they are just like everyone else. They have access to the same resources as everyone else, so why is it that they seem to have something different?

Enter: The worlds’ simplest idea; Simon Sinek’s “The Golden Circle”:

Golden Circle   

   What: Every person, every single organisation on the planet knows what they do, 100%.

   How: Some know how they do it, whether you call it a value proposition, or proprietary process etc.

Repeat business, that’s the sign of a job well done!

The DAV Team thrive on making candidates and clients happy, and providing the service and support that you need to achieve your unique objectives. The goal is to keep exceeding expectations, to keep providing the amazing service that you have come to expect from us.

In November last year, a Client - the MD of an international label & packaging firm – requested some recruitment assistance from us. He had been in SA for a couple of years and was tasked with getting the business up and running profitably, quickly and efficiently. He needed a Head of Finance to implement infrastructure and systems to achieve strategic objectives, set up proper financial controls, provide detailed reporting and build relationships with global counterparts. Over and above this there was a long list of “must haves” in terms of skill requirements.

When Recruitment Consultants listen to their Client’s Immediate Challenges

It is an absolute prerequisite, that if you run a business, you must be able to wear countless hats, make endless important decisions and use your influence for the greater good of the entire world – or at least it feels that way!

For the most part it seems as though there is never enough time in a day to tackle every challenge that comes your way - like making hiring decisions. This monumental task almost always takes up more time than planned on a good day, and inspires many “Why me…” moments as you look to heavens and plead for a miracle. Who do you call in your time of need? We’ll give you a clue…It’s not ghostbusters…DAV, of course!