Let’s meet at the 2019 SIOPSA Conference!

The 21st annual SIOPSA Conference will be held at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria between 22 and 24 July 2019. The OMT Group will be well represented and we are all eagerly looking forward to the event. The theme of this year’s conference is “IOP 4.0 – Ahead of our Time”. (You can view the conference agenda here.) The SIOPSA theme aligns well with our focus on innovation, acce...

Using technology to scientifically and rigorously streamline your graduate recruitment process

In 1997, McKinsey coined the term “the war for talent” to depict the competitive and complex challenge of recruiting and retaining the best talent in the market. Over the past few years, it has been clear that this term is at least as relevant as it was at the turn of the century, especially when companies try to attract the best young talent into their graduate recruitment programmes. This is because the...

The complex relationship between skill level, education, experience and work readiness

At Odyssey Talent Management we have always held the belief that education and experience impact on the overall work readiness and basic skill level of the working population. We decided to test this thinking by analysing our database, which consists of over 94 000 candidates, eight countries and 54 companies. We looked at all the candidates we have assessed, and compared their results on our Odyssey ...

Odyssey Talent Management helps cut learnership intake admin

If you or your business are involved in any way in learnership intakes, you will understand the sheer volume of work they require. One of our Odyssey Talent Management clients, for example, runs an annual learnership for 60 people. Each year the company receives roughly 4 500 applications from around the country. The company operates in the field of phlebotomy, or blood collection and analysis, which is a h...

Great things in store for Odyssey in 2019

After a successful 2018, when 30 000 candidates completed the Odyssey gamified assessment battery in a range of different contexts (including semi-skilled, entry level workers, learners, graduates, call centre agents and front-line administrative staff), the Odyssey Talent Management team has set its sights on enhancing the Odyssey product base even further. Some key developments include: Integrating...

Odyssey Talent Management impacts positively on productivity, efficiency and training time

Odyssey Talent Management recently undertook a study on a sample of pickers at a major national supermarket chain. The sample was divided into a group of pickers who had undergone the Odyssey Talent Management process and a group who hadn’t. In this study, the performance of a sample of 54 pickers was tracked over a three-month period. Of these 54 pickers, 35 had been selected through the candidate performan...

A successful year for Odyssey

The Odyssey Talent Management team has had a very busy year so far. Our MD, Kevin Distiller, has been on a mission to punt the benefits of gamified talent assessment to the Industrial Psychology, HR and recruitment fraternity across the country. This has included presenting at a range of conferences and also recording a podcast on RadioOnmicor on The Uberification of Assessments with Omnicor’s Hilton Rudnick ...

If you believe assessments can’t be fun, think again!

In the early 2000s assessment went online from their previous paper-and-pencil format. Nothing really changed until a few years ago, when we saw the rise of artificial intelligence, increased competition in the marketplace and a new generation of people who need to be brought into the market. These factors drove a number of organisations in the assessment space to look at gamification as a means of using technolo...

Odyssey’s Kevin Distiller to speak at M&G gamification conference

Odyssey Talent Management MD Kevin Distiller will be sharing insights into the fascinating world of gamification at the upcoming Mail & Guardian gamification conference: Driving Engagement and Improving Business Performance. Kevin joins a panel of speakers from a variety of industries to unpack the concept of gamification and share their experienes. Here's more info: Gamification is essentially the conc...

Odyssey set to ‘game’ 2018 SIOPSA Conference

Odyssey Talent Management is excited about the 2018 Annual SIOPSA Conference and has decided to throw our full weight behind this event. In addition to being listed as one of the sponsors of the conference and having a full stand for all three days, our MD, Kevin Distiller (pictured right), has committed to two separate speaking slots at the event. On the first day of the conference (24 July), Kevin will be...