Valuing millennials

The Pupkewitz Group of Companies recently appointed a group of ten young adults to come on board and form its millennial advisory team.

18 April 2019 | Business

Ester Kamati

After an unconventional recruitment process, including a series of interviews, ten millennials were officially welcomed on board as part of the Pupkewitz team on 11 April.

The ceremony was held at The Barn and was attended by representatives of both Pupkewitz and Deloitte, their valued partner.

Priscilla Husselmann, who is the senior manager of human capital at Deloitte Namibia said they appreciate the millennials and commended them for their level of creativity and the time they took to display their talents and abilities.

She shared statistics from Deloitte’s research which proves that in 2020 half of the organisation will comprise of millennials.

Husselman said these 21st century youth are no longer on the fringes but are decision-makers in positions of power.

“There is a strong case to engage and unlock the power of millennial employees and clients,” she added.

She highlighted that this is an opportunity for the selected team to be innovative, inspirational and dedicated.

It will be a creative process for them to come up with solutions that can make a lasting impact on the future of Pupkewitz, she added, while saying the millennial advisory team’s formation was a strategic response to the world of work and that it is progressive. The move is expected to set Pupkewitz apart in terms of how it engages millennials from an employee as well as client perspective, Husselman added.

Pupkewitz talent management executive Schalk Pienaar said he is aware of common misconceptions about millennials and burdened the team of ten with changing them.

He added that being selected puts them in a good position to do so.

“Stop talking about making a difference - be the difference,” he advised.

Pienaar added that millennials value social justice and should therefore help the company to be a responsible corporate citizen.

He further encouraged the group to break open doors for not only themselves but future generations, in the pursuit of inclusion.

He urged millennials to make it impossible for people to ignore them through the quality of their contributions.

He reminded the advisory team that there is still a large amount of effort to put in and emphasised the only thing that can be started from the top is digging a hole.

Pupkewitz Group CEO Dougie Truter shared that he has always been passionate about understanding millennials as both employees and customers.

He added it is crucial to understand how they see the world and what insights and knowledge they can bring to the strategic thinking group.

“As leaders of businesses, we need to evolve our thinking and ensure we embrace and lead changes,” he said.

He affirmed that the company is ready to explore and unlock the true power that this group of employees hold.

He said he appreciates Deloitte as a key partner and their assistance and contribution in the recruitment process.

One of the advisory team members, Schalk Burger, said the initiative shows the forward-thinking culture of the company and is a platform for some fresh perspectives.

His strategy to tackle millennial stereotypes is through utilising this opportunity to the fullest and showing that purpose-driven initiatives brings out the best in everyone.

He affirmed said what he brings to the table is the experience he has gained over the years and the people skills he possesses, as well as a lot of enthusiasm.

Similar News


Hands-free sanitiser units in production

14 hours ago | Business

Augetto Graig Advanced Biotech is the name chosen for this entrepreneurial start-up, ventured into by the Beukes brothers - serial entrepreneur Sylvanie and his...

Company news in brief

14 hours ago | Business

Renault finalised on Wednesday, 3 June 2020, a five-billion-euro (US$5,6 billion) loan from with the French government, strengthening the carmaker's finances in the wake of...

2020 Mining Expo and Conference cancelled

1 day - 03 June 2020 | 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

1 day - 03 June 2020 | 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...

Shanghai copper hits 3-month high

1 day - 03 June 2020 | Business

Shanghai copper prices rose to their highest in nearly three months on Tuesday, as demand in top metals consumer China continued to recover, though gains...

Company news in brief

1 day - 03 June 2020 | Business

Aeroflot losses widen as traffic slumpsRussian airline Aeroflot on Tuesday reported its first-quarter net loss widened to 22.48 billion roubles (US$326.2 million) after traffic...

Company News In Breif

2 days ago - 02 June 2020 | Business

London Metal Exchange cancels events The London Metal Exchange (LME) said on Monday it cancelled all of its events during the LME Week in London...

De Beers to shift diamond viewings from Botswana

3 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Business

Brian Benza - Global diamond giant, De Beers is working with Botswana's government to temporarily move viewings to places closer to international diamond centres, with...

Alrosa expects big drop in May sales

3 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Business

Polina Devitt - Russian diamond producer Alrosa expects its sales for May to total tens of million US dollars, down sharply from May 2019 but...

MTC most admired brand in Nam

3 days ago - 01 June 2020 | Business

Phillepus Uusiku - Massive investment, consistency, accessibility and giving clients an exceptional experience are some of the most important tools in transforming a product or...

Latest News

Groupies form human shield around...

14 hours ago | Justice

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKFollowers of self-proclaimed prophet Jackson Babi yesterday formed a human shield around him during his latest appearance in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court. Babi (30)...

Pupils in God's hands

14 hours ago | Education

ILENI NANDJATOOMUNGWELUMEWhile learners at Omungwelume Senior Secondary School squat in shacks due to an incomplete hostel, their principal has placed the situation in God's hands.“They...

Shimbulu wins first round against...

14 hours ago | Justice

ILENI NANDJATOOSHAKATIThe Windhoek High Court yesterday ordered the Oshakati town council not to implement an order by Swapo to replace councillor Katrina Shimbulu.The court also...

Fuel prices expected to remain...

14 hours ago | Energy

Phillepus Uusiku- The association between the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and independent oil producers such as Russia reached an agreement last month to...

Central hospital gears for corona...

14 hours ago | Health

STEFFI BALZARWINDHOEKPresident Hage Geingob yesterday inaugurated an intensive care and isolation ward at the Windhoek Central Hospital, which will be used as part of the...

Heavy is the head

14 hours ago | Opinion

President Hage Geingob will deliver his State of the Nation Address today during what many have described as the gravest time for post-democratic Namibia.If any...

Putting the money where the...

14 hours ago | Economics

Phillepus ­UusikuFuture allocation decisions will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus. Therefore, until a vaccine and treatment become available, health and related sectors will...

Fishrot investigators get more time

14 hours ago | Justice

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKThe State has been allowed more time to complete its investigations into the Fishrot bribery scandal. Windhoek magistrate Ingrid Unengu yesterday refused to set...

Ondangwa robbers still at large

14 hours ago | Crime

ILENI NANDJATOONDANGWAThe Oshana police have so far recovered over N$92 000 of the N$200 000 stolen from a woman in front the Ondangwa FNB branch...

Load More