The Rest of the Best #2

Welcome to the second number of The Rest of the Best 🎉

In our monthly newsletter, we deliver several great lessons learned from news, trends, and articles from the sports world but also from other industries in order to better understand the society and what we can bring into our own sports career. In the last newsletter, we have so many great news and lessons to share and therefore we will share the ones that never made it on our top list. Let us present to you the second edition of The Rest of the Best.

This is Agile HR

In practice, Agile HR is about HR reviewing traditional work methods such as:

  • Annual employee surveys. Gathering insights from employees in real time is a more proactive way of working that results in HR getting a holistic view of how the team is doing. The HR is thus given a concrete tool that allows them to act on time, preferably before any problems arise.
  • Annual employee interviews. Instead, give HR the opportunity to perform continuous digital reconciliations on an ongoing basis. In this way, the employee gets quick feedback that allows them to directly influence their work situation.
  • The traditional waterfall recruitment. Instead, apply an agile recruitment process to give candidates quick feedback and thereby a better candidate experience. This approach also leads to a more efficient and fast-paced recruitment process.

Read here what Agile HR is all about (Swedish)?

5 ways to reset labour markets

There is an opportunity to “build back better” in 5 areas:

  • reskilling and upskilling;
  • supporting the jobs of tomorrow;
  • prioritizing redeployment and re-empoyment;
  • re-evaluating essential work and improving the quality of jobs;
  • and resetting education, skills and jobs systems for the post-pandemic recovery.

Read the full article about The future of work is here: 5 ways to reset labour markets after coronavirus recovery here.

Women inspire Sport Management students

“There are definitely still barriers. It continues to be a male-dominated stage. I feel like the generation coming up has been raised by great moms, though,” Dunbar said. “We all have lives and strengths and struggles. For women, the hardest part is having a voice.”

Matt Zaleski, a sports management major and former baseball player, found the event to be insightful and progressive.

“Obviously, the topic was on developing the next generation of women in sports. As a man, there were many inclusive experiences shared. It speaks a lot about the progress,” Zaleski said. “I also really liked how they insisted it wasn’t about a woman being good at their job — it was just about being good at their job.”

In the end, the main piece of advice they all gave was how important it is to make contacts in the industry.

Read about: Women in Sport Management Leadership Panel Inspires Students to Get Involved

The power of working in sports

The notion that sport is merely a playtime activity cannot be taken as a career is a myth and we should break this barrier that is stopping our nation from thriving in the sports industry. We have a sports education honours degree offered at the University of Namibia and a Bachelor’s of Sport Management degree offered at the Namibia University of Science & Technology (NUST). This is a clear sign that a career in sport is equally important as others.  

Read the full article about My weekly take away – Sports is equally important as other careers here.

Advice working in sports media

People ask Kent Sterling quite often how to get a job in sports media, and how can they keep the job. In this podcast episode, Jason Benetti displays many of the traits of a great broadcaster – which makes sense because he is a great broadcaster.

Listen to the podcast here: SNBS – Some advice for people who want to work in sports media

Behind the scenes about sport agents

Several people say that it has become more common for parents to intervene too much in negotiations around contracts in sports. But also that media can sometimes be used to try to get clubs to recruit players – and it also turns out that there are football clubs that deliberately violate the regulations to try to gain an advantage in the battle to recruit football players.

Read the full article story about football and agents here (in Swedish)

Record low participation in grassroots sports

In a new report from the Center for Sports Research in Sweden, it appears that grassroots sports from 2007 to 2017 have decreased in all age groups, from 7 to 20 years.

The biggest decrease comes from the age group young boys. At the age of 7-12, the number of training sessions per person and year decreased by as much as 12 percent between 2012 and 2017.

Read and hear more about this here (in Swedish)

New ways to imagine the fan experience

For the latest report from the Capgemini Research Institute – Emerging technologies in sports: reimagining the fan experience – we talked to over 10,000 sports fans from nine countries and conducted in-depth interviews with over 20 industry experts, sports athletes, and startup executives. We found that:

  • Technology is now an integral part of the way fans consume sports – Nearly 70% say emerging technologies have enhanced their overall viewing experience, both inside and outside the stadium
  • The digitization of sport and the fan experience can strengthen engagement, building brand value and driving new avenues of growth. For example, if they enjoy their tech experience, a majority (56%) of fans would attend more matches while 92% would spend more on online subscriptions.
  • To adopt and optimize emerging technologies in sports, organizations should reassure fans about how their personal data is used to build trust, identify the needs and expectations of fans and users before deploying new technologies, convert more casual fans into avid fans, and enhance the value of the out-of-stadium experience to tap into the huge audience that consumes sports outside of the stadium.

Find out more about the Emerging technologies in sports: Reimagining the fan experience here.

Homecourt, improves your basketball skills

F1 closing the inequality gap

The World Motor Sport Council has approved by e-vote further changes to the Sporting, Technical and Financial Regulations governing the FIA Formula One World Championship primarily due to the ongoing need to reduce costs and safeguard the sport in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technical Regulations:

  • Freezing of a large list of components between 2020 and 2021. The list includes the chassis, gearbox, a number of mechanical components and impact structures. A token system has been devised to permit a very limited number of modifications in accordance to the competitors’ specific needs.
  • From 2020, limitations to Power Unit upgrades.

2021 Financial Regulations:

  • Reduction of the Cost Cap level to $145M for 2021, $140M for 2022 and $135M for 2023-2025, based on a 21-Competition season.

Read the full summary of these changes here: WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL APPROVES CHANGES TO 2020, 2021 AND 2022 FIA FORMULA 1 REGULATIONS

That is this month’s wrap up 🙌

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