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Employee Retention Seminar  

Tools and Strategies to hold onto your most valuable asset: your employees

Rethinking your retention strategy


Seminar Date: 24 October 2018
Venue: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton | Johannesburg

Retention of critical talent is one of the top talent management concerns in today's global economy.

In today’s economy, engaging and retaining talent is of utmost concern to organisations. Do you have high staff turnover? Or is low employee engagement giving you a headache? Worried your staff are running for the door? With competition for in-demand skills being fierce — not just from direct competitors but also employers in other industries — companies are doing all they can to hold on to their best people. Trying to revitalise your employee retention strategy can seem daunting – that’s why you need this seminar! Here’s an event that will provide you with information, resources, and inspiration to get started!

Providing a “good place to work” is no longer sufficient to retain employees - your top performers are literally a message or a phone call away from being snatched from a team you worked very hard to build and nurture. The true ROI of top talent isn't realised if that talent leaves. Add the significant cost of replacing talent to the loss of skills and institutional knowledge when top performers leave, and the importance of retention becomes even more evident.

According to a recent study released by AON, 59% of SA companies indicate that improving employee engagement, moral as well as attracting and retaining talent is top of mind for organisations. Findings from a Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) study on employee retention factors found only 22% of employers had no difficulty retaining employees. That leaves a staggering 78% of employers who do.

So, are you really doing the best to meet the employee expectations? By understanding the reasons behind staff turnover, employers can devise recruitment and retention initiatives that reduce turnover, increase engagement, and increase employee retention. Unless you have a massive amount of cash to throw at top tier employees like some organisations do, you’ve got to rethink your retention strategy.

If you wait till a valued staff member leaves and you only find out at the exit interview why they decided to move on, you have missed out not only on keeping a productive member of your team, but on a golden opportunity to identify problems and challenges within your organisation — and fix them before you lose others.

Venue and Accommodation:
The Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton (Corner of West Street and Rivonia Road, Sandton)

Accommodation rate: R1950, single bed and breakfast. To book, email: (+27 11 286 1000)


  • We know some turnover is inevitable – you will learn what to do to minimise it and recognise possible problems early-on and reduce turnover
  • Engagement and retention go hand-in-hand – are you missing something?
  • Hear how to retain when you don’t have the money to spend.
  • Individuals are not the same – discover how to personalise and customise for greater motivation, engagement and ultimately retention.
  • Discover how to retain from day one! Connecting, engaging and retaining starts with onboarding
  • Meet and network with like-minded professionals – learn from others!


  • Those involved in talent management
  • Heads of Engagement/Employee engagement managers
  • HR Directors/HR Managers | HRBPSs
  • Employee benefits managers/Employee relations managers
  • IR and Employee Wellness professionals
  • Management consultants
  • OD practitioners
  • Managers responsible for staff management and retention strategies

For more information about the Conference, please contact Debbie Atwell on or + 27 83 651 1664.


24 OCTOBER 2018
07:30–08:30 Registration and arrival refreshments and snacks


Welcome and introduction by Chairperson


30  Employee retention strategies – a  guide to developing the most effective retention strategy for your organisation

Johan Nel, Executive Consultant, 21st Century

The Psychology of retention and the importance of psychological safety in retention

Melinde Coetzee,
Professor: Dept. Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Unisa (Author of Psychology of Retention, to be released Oct 2018)

10:15–10:45 Morning break


Customisation is key: Retention is about meeting needs and facilitating growth and success

Olivia Hosie,
Managing Director, Beyond Engage


Bad bosses at the heart of employee turnover

12:15–13:15 Networking lunch


Employee retention using big data: Capitalising on workforce data and insights to reduce turnover

Martin Sutherland,
Global Director, People Tree (Co-Author of Talent Talker)


The connected employee - employee experiences and the employee engagement strategy as keys to retaining staff

Ravinash Guiness,
Senior Manager: Shared Services & Employee Experience, Old Mutual

14:45–15:00 Afternoon tea break


Start at the beginning - employee retention starts with onboarding. How to Avoid New Hire Turnover and Disengagement by Understanding the Journey

Ronnie Toerien,
HCM Sales Development and Strategy Lead, Oracle

15:45 Close of event – Network - grab a coffee and snack before departing.


Johan Nel, Executive Consultant, 21st Century
Johan has spent a number of years working in the Telecommunications Industry which included lecturing and organisational design and development. He consults in the field of Human Resource Management and Development, Organisational Design and Development, and Remuneration. He has worked across many African countries. Johan has extensively advised Boards of Directors and Executive Management Committees on the implementation of best practice. He currently serves on various Remuneration Committees and is the Chairperson for the Professional Designations Committee at the IPM. After completing a National Diploma in Technology he went on to complete a Diploma in Tertiary Education (UP), Bachelor of Education Honours in Technika (UP) and a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Development (UJ/RAU). He is currently busy with a PhD (Da Vinci Institute for Innovation and Technology). Johan is affiliated with the South African Rewards Association (SARA) and is registered as a Chartered Rewards Specialist as well as the Institute of Personnel Management . Johan has presented at various conferences Nationally and Internationally and has authored and co-authored various publications.
Melinde Coetzee, Professor: Dept. Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Unisa (Author of Psychology of Retention, to be released Oct 2018)
Melinde is a Research Professor in the Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology at the University of South Africa. Her research primarily focuses on careers, graduate employability capacities and the psychology of retention. Melinde is the author, co-author and editor of a number of academic books on training and development, career and personnel psychology. She has published in numerous accredited academic journals. Her next publication is due for release in October focusing on the Psychology of Retention.
Olivia Hosie, Managing Director, Beyond Engage
Olivia grew up in Australia and came to travel in Africa after school, and never left… Having fallen in love with the continent and the people, Olivia settled in the city of gold – Johannesburg in 2000 and embarked on a career within Talent Acquisition and Management. She then held two career defining roles as Head of Talent for AVI Limited, before business process re-engineering Talent within Nestle for the ZAR Region. In 2015, Olivia joined Nando’s Southern Africa as the Head of Talent, OD and Change Management, during which time she built a business case for the impact of employee engagement from analytics to remediation – with results that were impossible to ignore. Determined to take this to a broader audience where change impact could be realised throughout Africa, Olivia founded Beyond Engagement. Olivia is passionate about bridging the education deficit, reaching the unreachables and enabling companies to achieve business excellence through purpose-driven people.
Ronnie Toerien, HCM Sales Development and Strategy, Oracle
Ronnie is currently the HCM (Human Capital Management) Sales Development and Strategy Leader, for the Africa region at Oracle. Ronnie has been involved in Human Resources since 1990, first in Training and later in the implementation and support of HCM solutions. He also provided HR Consulting to various organisations as an Independent Consultant for several years before joining PeopleSoft as a Senior Solutions Consultant. He then joined Oracle as part of the acquisition of PeopleSoft in 2005. Ronnie Toerien studied Law through correspondence at UNISA and his first job was at the State Attorney in Johannesburg. Ronnie has presented at numerous local and international events and recently at the World HRD Congress in Mumbai was awarded the Global HR Excellence – Strategic Award. He occasionally guest lectures to HR master’s students at the University of Johannesburg as well as at the University of Pretoria where he is also on the examination panel for Masters students.
Martin Sutherland, Global Director, People Tree (Co-Author of Talent Talker)
Martin is the Global Director of PeopleTree Talent Analytics International, a software and consulting firm focused on talent analytics. He is a founder member of the company, launched in 1998, and has been responsible for its global expansion. Clients are spread across 47 countries in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US, Central and South America and India. Martin has always had a fascination with people and technology, and has used technology and research to understand what makes people successful when they tackle new situations and business challenges. The result is a robust talent process, driven by powerful talent analytics, which helps companies to effectively direct time, money and effort to grow and develop all their talent. Prior to the formation of PeopleTree, Martin was a director of the largest public relations and communications company in South Africa. He regularly speaks at international conferences and publishes articles on the topic of talent management. He has 23 years of professional consulting experience in the ICT, Energy and Power, Financial Services & Banking, Transport, Retail and Manufacturing sectors.
Ravinash Guiness, Senior Manager: Shared Services & Employee Experience, Old Mutual
Ravinash is an experienced HR Systems and Organisational Design Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. He focuses on improving the employee experience by understanding employee challenges and changing needs at work, while assisting the business to build and transition the operating model (i.e. systems, processes, products and skills) to meet the rapidly changing expectations of our customers while improving shareholder returns. He is also skilled in strategy development, business model design, HR system architecture, digital solution design, process reengineering, design thinking and data management. Prior to joining Old Mutual where he has been employed for 3 years, he held senior level positions at companies like Discovery and WesBank He hold a B.A degree from UJ. He has also studied through Wits Business School and Insead.

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Seminar  | 24 October 2018 
Early bird special till 28 September: R3485 (save 15%)
R4 100.00  excl. VAT

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  • Registration fees include refreshments, lunch, parking and conference material
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