She invests in people
WE start the New Year by chatting to human resources fundi Nomvula Nxumalo (35).
With many graduates and school leavers looking to start new lives in the working world, Nxumalo will be kept busy this month.
What do you do?
I am a human resources business partner at Nedbank.
What does a typical day at work entail?
I partner with the various business units to ensure that the company's people strategy and workforce are in line with its business strategy.
I also facilitate talent management to ensure that we have the right people in the right job and to close up skills gaps by identifying training needs.
I work closely with managers doing performance management and industrial relations, and I facilitate change management sessions.
I recently started serving as a life coach to younger employees.
The idea is to help them navigate the corporate world and avoid the pitfalls one is often faced with in one's early years.
What does your company do?
I work for the bank's technology cluster.
What has been your highlight since joining Nedbank?
Its growth and being part of projects ensuring that the execution of strategy is fast tracked.
What did you do before?
I was a human resources consultant at Sanlam.
What challenges do you face?
The retention of African candidates and the advancement of females in the IT sector are great challenges.
Another challenge is ensuring that we have the right leadership skills in management positions.
What do you like and dislike about your job?
I enjoy seeing people advancing in their careers.
I also love my job as it offers me complete autonomy and no one day is the same as the other.
What I do not enjoy is seeing people who are resistant to change.
Also, though it is needed, bureaucracy makes my world difficult and can be a deterrent to so much.
What did you study and where?
I completed a Bachelor of Commerce in industrial psychology at the then Rand Afrikaans University - now the University of Johannesburg - in 1998.
If you weren't doing what you do, what would you be doing?
I'd be a writer or journalist.
How do you balance work and family?
This is a continuing struggle and I have yet to meet someone who has mastered it. But I ensure that if I'm at home I am fully present.
I don't work while my children are awake.
My husband and family are extremely supportive and my ultimate cheerleaders, enabling me to also focus on my work.
Most importantly, I honour my spiritual life. That keeps me grounded.
What advice do you have for young people who would like to follow in your footsteps?
Get a coach or mentor to help you figure out what the right career is for you.
Do what you love and the money will follow.
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