Here’s Why South Africans Make The Best Employees Overseas


South Africans by nature are hard workers. South Africans do what it takes to get the job done. South African workers are a major asset to any company.

Here are five reasons you should hire a South African:

1. They will adjust to any work environment

South Africans abroad have had the experience of leaving their home country and having to adapt to their new surroundings. They are more than capable of fitting in with any reasonable work environment and will likely have a good time doing so. They immigrate with the notion of “when in Rome do as the Romans do” which really helps them seamlessly fit into their work environment.

2. They are raised without a sense of entitlement

My dad always told me “remember in life nobody owes you a thing”. South Africans do not blame other people for their shortcomings. For example, in the states, there is a slew of laws that protect workers from getting fired or even teachers from disciplining students. In South Africa there is less protection and so South Africans know from a young age that it’s their hard work that determines their ability to succeed. Good work ethic is part of their DNA.

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3. They are honest and thick skinned

South Africans tell it like it is, even if it means telling you what you don’t want to hear. This is extremely invaluable to any employer. If for some (good) reason they are unable to meet a deadline, they will be upfront and let you know about it before it affects the business. South Africans can also handle harsh and constructive criticism.

They are unlikely to get offended easily which makes them approachable to their employer. For those who immigrated during their teen years, they likely encountered some teasing about their accents or South African ways and learned to move past it. South Africans are tough cookies and don’t crumble easily.

4. They are delightful human beings

South Africans are very personable and take a genuine interest in getting to know other people. As a result of this, they have very little difficulty in getting along with co-workers, clients and of course their direct management. Their accent, I unfortunately lost mine due to some mild teasing from my classmates, intrigues people and is a great conversation-starter. Accents help to make people memorable and, for that reason, are an asset when trying to network or build strategic partnerships.

5. They are consumed with gratitude

The South Africans who chose to immigrate likely chose to do so because there is little opportunity for young South Africans in South Africa. If you give them the opportunity to work for you, they will not take it for granted and they will do whatever it takes to get the job done. It is highly unlikely that you will hear a South African utter the words: “That’s not my job”. They do what it takes even if it means stepping outside our comfort zone or scope of work.

Immigration is a hard process for any nationality. No matter where you come from it’s incredibly difficult to leave your home country and start over. So, I am biased in saying that South Africans make the best workers. The fact of the matter is, immigrants in general make the best workers because they are fighters who are fighting for a better life for themselves and, in most cases, for their families.

Every immigrant embodies the traits of tenacity, determination and positivity because immigration is not for the negative or faint-hearted. These traits are desirable to any employer.

source: The South African

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