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Meet the chameleon worker

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Businesses are being forced to change and adapt in this ever changing environment, which has led to a new worker – the chameleon who can change, learn new skills in a short space of time and seamlessly move from assignment to assignment, says HEIDI DUVENAGE, head of Sage Talent Solutions.

As businesses are being forced to change, become more agile and disruptive to remain competitive, the pressure on employees to adapt is increasing.

The rapid way in which technology has changed and the inability, as well as resistance from employees to keep up, is leaving organisations in a digital wasteland.

This is costing them profits, market share and is leaving them battling to survive.

According to the 2016 Accenture Technology Vision Survey, a new type of worker has entered the marketplace.  This new type of worker, the chameleon, can adapt to change, learn new skills in a short space of time and seamlessly move from assignment to assignment. They are contributing to a new trend that Accenture refers to as the ‘liquid workforce’.

In the same study, in which 3 100 executives were interviewed, 80% said that within the next three years, the ‘chameleon worker’ will be their most valued workers. It’s their proficiency with digital technology and their ability to embrace change that makes these new employees a valued asset.

Additional advantages of this workforce include their willingness to work as part of a team, openness to new training and a constantly evolving skill set.

However, to attract, and more importantly, retain these new agile workers, businesses need to create an environment in which they can flourish.

The first and most important step is to move away from rigid business structures and create an environment where the chameleon workforce can achieve the change that they were brought in for. Human Resources departments will need to play a part in this change by moving away from people management and rather embracing the concept of ‘orchestrating talent’ to optimise an organisation’s output.

The largest employee input of 2015 is the introduction of millennials. These digital natives are increasingly becoming the largest sector of the workforce and businesses need to change to be able to engage with them differently.

In addition, rather than seeing themselves merely as ‘employees’ in the traditional sense, these employees see themselves as ‘customers’ of a business – and expect the management style and internal technology processes to reflect this. Systems such as HR and Payroll solutions, as well as business management solutions, need to be intuitive and offer the same user experience that employees get from the platforms they use in their personal lives.

‘Chameleons’ also have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Skills development is of the utmost importance to them. They look for employers who provide consistent online learning experiences, access to courses and information that can help them rapidly learn new skills.

At Sage, we believe that genuine innovation requires diversity of thought. We are creating a culture in our business where the very best talent is hired, nurtured and supported. Changing the way we do business enables us to leapfrog into the future.

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Samsung unfolds the future

At the #Unpacked launch, Samsung delivered the world’s first foldable phone from a major brand. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK tried it out.

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Everything that could be known about the new Samsung Galaxy S10 range, launched on Wednesday in San Francisco, seems to have been known before the event.

Most predictions were spot-on, including those in Gadget (see our preview here), thanks to a series of leaks so large, they competed with the hole an iceberg made in the Titanic.

The big surprise was that there was a big surprise. While it was widely expected that Samsung would announce a foldable phone, few predicted what would emerge from that announcement. About the only thing that was guessed right was the name: Galaxy Fold.

The real surprise was the versatility of the foldable phone, and the fact that units were available at the launch. During the Johannesburg event, at which the San Francisco launch was streamed live, small groups of media took turns to enter a private Fold viewing area where photos were banned, personal phones had to be handed in, and the Fold could be tried out under close supervision.

The first impression is of a compact smartphone with a relatively small screen on the front – it measures 4.6-inches – and a second layer of phone at the back. With a click of a button, the phone folds out to reveal a 7.3-inch inside screen – the equivalent of a mini tablet.

The fold itself is based on a sophisticated hinge design that probably took more engineering than the foldable display. The result is a large screen with no visible seam.

The device introduces the concept of “app continuity”, which means an app can be opened on the front and, in mid-use, if the handset is folded open, continue on the inside from where the user left off on the front. The difference is that the app will the have far more space for viewing or other activity.

Click here to read about the app experience on the inside of the Fold.

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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