Workforce Holdings Limited (“Workforce”) (JSE: WKF) ) is proud to announce that Gillian Johnson, Managing Director of Telebest Holdings (Pty) Limited incorporating, ONLY the BEST and Teleresources recruitment businesses, has been chosen as a finalist in the category of Top Businesswoman in the 13th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. ONLY the BEST and Teleresources have further been jointly chosen as finalists in the Skills Development category of the awards.

gillianjONLY the BEST and Teleresources were acquired by Workforce in 2007. Johnson, who was originally a director in ONLY the BEST became MD of both companies in 2013. Both ONLY the BEST and Teleresources have a strong focus in staffing and recruitment for the call centre and business administrative industry.

Chairman of Workforce, Ronny Katz says, “As a leader Gillian has not only impacted Teleresources and ONLY the BEST but has also had a significant influence on the Workforce Group as a whole. She leads from the front and has her fingers on the pulse of the business.”

“The thing that really stands out about Gillian, is her interest in the people she’s leading. She is committed to training staff and developing skills in the workplace in order to empower the people she works with and supports and promotes exceptional staff within her companies,” adds Katz.

Johnson’s modus operandi is to grow ONLY the BEST and Teleresources by acquiring new clients but also by communicating with existing clients to foster ongoing relationships. Johnson has driven the commercialisation and integration of solutions to clients, which has resulted in efficiencies and enhancements in those clients’ businesses.

Johnson has managed to increase revenue by 20% each year, since becoming MD, which has translated into an increase in gross profit of 5 million rand between 2013 and 2014. Johnson also has a strong philanthropic interest and is committed to the Cell C Take a Girl Child to Work CSI initiative, which the companies take part in every year.

Both ONLY the BEST and Teleresources invest 2% of payroll in skills development and training, lending credence to the importance Johnson places on her staff.

“Some examples of how we measure business success are meeting budget year on year with a 20% growth, and the awards we host to commend stellar performance in our team. Our success is evident in our working for a common goal – to remain relevant, protect our business and to grow our market share,” Johnson says.

“We are a high performance company and have the opportunity to change lives on a daily basis. The values that we revere as paramount to our daily workings as a company are the consistent building and empowering of communities in order to create a country where we can all flourish. We are passionate about making a difference in our beautiful country. One of our most important core values is to embrace change and evolve our thinking when necessary,” she adds.

The winners of the Standard Bank Top Women Awards will be announced on 18 August.

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