If ‘positivity’ were a person

Stephanie Viljoen believes in treating the janitor the same as the CEO.

30 August 2019 | Banking

EVANY VAN WYK



Stephanie Viljoen wakes up every morning with the hope that she will impact somebody’s life and that they will be inspired by their interaction. Born in Windhoek and raised in South Africa, Viljoen recalls her best childhood memories as being her annual trips to Namibia with her family. “It’s the small things that make me happy; appreciating life and living in the moment,” she says.

Viljoen joined Bank Windhoek three years ago as human resources executive and was subsequently appointed as the Capricorn Group’s human capital and citizenship executive. She has over 20 years of experience as an HR executive. Viljoen finds her job very energising. Starting off wanting to become a private investigator, lawyer and even a microbiologist, she later chose psychology. She had the privilege of completing her master’s in industrial psychology at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. “I now get my criminal law fix by reading a lot of books in that genre,” Viljoen admits.

“My role in Capricorn Group is to ensure that the bank brings the focus of the organisation to each employee and makes it real for them.

“We need to allow employees to be the best that they can be irrespective of where they fit into the organisation.”

They do this through people practices such as recruitment, talent management, performance development and a learning framework to make this a reality. She says she has learned a lot during her time working at Capricorn Group. Admitting that challenges are always present when moving into a new role, she is appreciative of the rewards.

“What I appreciate most of this role is the relationships that you are able to build and the passion that you can ignite in people. There is a generosity and appreciation that is really admirable,” Viljoen says.

Viljoen believes that if you are passionate about what you do and you can live it daily, you are wealthy beyond the money in your bank account. For her, there are many proud moments when it comes to Bank Windhoek and Capricorn Group.

“What I would like to highlight is the embedding of The Capricorn Way,” she says.

The Capricorn Way is a set of beliefs that guides each employee in the organisation in terms of nine behaviours. It gives them identity and is a moral compass.

“It helps us to foster a culture of being connectors of positive change, not only our work lives but also in our everyday lives. Seeing that the employees have embraced the norms and values of The Capricorn Way has been rewarding.”

She says it has enriched not only their professional lives but also served as a guide in how to approach situations in their private lives.

Her advice for overcoming challenges is to surround yourself with positive thinkers.

“Don’t give up because a challenge is not a difficulty, it’s an opportunity. So in that you need to change your mindset,” she advises.

In an era where digitisation is at the forefront of change, Viljoen would like to create a space where she can bring technology and people together to create magic. She believes that people need to be able to learn, unlearn and relearn with passion and speed.

“Personally, I want to adopt a culture where failure is embraced and where we learn from it. We can fail fast and fail forward.”

Photo: Contributed

Capt1- Stephanie Viljoen believes that a challenge is not a difficulty, but rather an opportunity.

Similar News

 

New N$30 note now available

2 weeks ago - 18 May 2020 | Banking

Phillepus Uusiku- The new N$30 bank note was issued on Friday by the deputy governor of the Bank of Namibia (BoN), Ebson Uanguta, and it...

The a-ha moment

2 weeks ago - 15 May 2020 | Banking

Dr Rikus Grobler believes that people's creative ideas are every organisation's superpower – it just needs to be harnessed. He says his ability to recognise,...

Bank Windhoek launches free essentials delivery service during lockdown...

1 month - 23 April 2020 | Banking

The Rider Service was launched on Thursday, 16 April 2020 and is an add-on service to the Hey Jude for Bank Windhoek App, an exclusive...

!Gawaxab: ‘Economy needs smart ideas’

1 month - 23 April 2020 | Banking

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) must contribute towards making sure that the economy protects Namibians by placing them on a prosperous trajectory, its newly appointed...

!Gawaxab eases conflict of interest fears

1 month - 22 April 2020 | Banking

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKAs he takes on a new role as the governor of the Bank of Namibia, EOS Capital founder Johannes !Gawaxab says there should be...

BoN records increase in EFT payments fraud

1 month - 21 April 2020 | Banking

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) recorded an increase of N$5.4 million in Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF) payments fraud in 2019 compared to the N.dollars 194...

Bank Windhoek puts safety first

1 month - 15 April 2020 | Banking

For Bank Windhoek, corporate social responsibility extends beyond their societal impact and underpins their culture and aligns with their purpose of being a connector of...

BoN will assess banks’ dividends

1 month - 09 April 2020 | Banking

Jo-Maré Duddy – The Bank of Namibia (BoN) will continue to assess dividends payments of local commercial banks, the central bank said yesterday.The South African...

DBN explains debt relief measures

1 month - 07 April 2020 | Banking

The relief measures by the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) to cushion businesses against the impact of Covid-19 include a temporary moratorium on repayment of...

Local banks drop digital fees

2 months ago - 31 March 2020 | Banking

Both FNB Namibia and Standard Bank Namibia this weekend lowered fees on their digital platforms to encourage the public to stay at home during the...

Latest News

Sean K part of Covid-19...

20 minutes ago | Art and Entertainment

WINDHOEK EXPRESSWINDHOEKNamibian crooner Sean K is one of 11 African artists who worked on a collaborative song to thank healthcare workers for their commitment and...

2020 Mining Expo and Conference...

13 hours ago | Business

Phillepus Uusiku The Mining Expo and Conference that was scheduled for 2-3 September 2020, after having been postponed from 22-23 April, has been cancelled. The...

NBL ready to deliver

13 hours ago | Business

Phillepus UusikuLife is slowing returning to normal as Namibians navigate the country’s gradual reopening following an easing of trade restrictions which were necessitated to combat...

Treasury demands reports of lockdown...

13 hours ago | Economics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe ministry of finance will demand full reports from public entities, ministries, agencies and offices detailing procurement expenditure incurred during stage one of the...

Over 120 lose jobs at...

13 hours ago | Labour

KENYA KAMBOWERUNDUAbout 120 people lost their jobs yesterday after a fallout between Chinese-born business magnate Stina Wu and a subcontractor that labour inspectors found to...

Namibia’s food security paradox

13 hours ago | Agriculture

Venomukona Tjiseua, sustainable agriculturalist: “The government must revisit its priority list and place agriculture at its correct spot.”With jobs disappearing, incomes drying up and savings...

The contest for hearts and...

13 hours ago | Opinion

Nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight, when everything remains seemingly unchanged.The above quote by...

Indemnity forms a matter of...

13 hours ago | Education

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKWith some learners expected to return to schools today, education ministry executive director Sanet Steenkamp says parents will have to trust that schools have...

SA loosens lockdown to revive...

13 hours ago | International

South Africa sought to revive its stuttering economy on Monday with a partial lifting of its coronavirus lockdown, letting people out for work, worship or...

Load More