Building a better workplace

EY is passionate about helping individuals reach their goals and achieve their potential, says EY South Africa HR director Jenny Greyling.

“Our purpose at EY is to build a better working world for our workforce. We are committed to investing in great people and developing inclusive leaders who can build the highest performing teams, who are key to providing exceptional service to our clients. 

“We know that if we create a rich and holistic experience for our people – before they join us, while they are here and long after they leave – great people will be attracted to us as the employer of choice. We do this by providing our people with exceptional experiences, relationships, coaching and learning opportunities, allowing them to emerge as global business leaders in Africa. We are committed to creating a leading people culture, where each and every person feels supported to achieve their professional and personal aspirations.”

The global professional services firm offers assurance, tax, transaction and other advisory services and has done so in one form or another since 1849. EY is headquartered in London and has 709 offices in 140 countries, employing about 152 000 people worldwide. It employs 5 000 of those in Africa.

 “We have a leading people culture and approach our talent agenda in innovative ways,” says Greyling. “‘Our EY’ is our Africa-wide formula for success: our defined behaviours, co-created by our people for our people, which make EY a great place to work. We aim to create an inclusive culture by ensuring that every individual, and their diversity, matters. We inculcate a learning culture by providing the best learning, coaching and experiences for our people.”


All employees are assigned a mentor to guide them through the process of setting goals, achieving those goals and getting the feedback they require to further develop their careers, she says.

“The company’s global workforce and Africa-wide footprint allow our people to experience the world beyond its borders,” she says.

It also allows the company to share its learnings and knowledge across the world.

“Our aim is to strengthen global, empower local,” she says. “We offer world-class processes, technology and blueprints to all our offices globally. Our local offices have the opportunity to leverage these best practices and tailor them to their own needs.

“Our technology system, which is used for performance management, is used globally across all EY countries hence bringing a large degree of consistency and best practice sharing across the firm.” Employees are also able to access the tool remotely if they are based on assignment in a different location.

“At EY we are passionate about helping individuals reach their goals and achieve their potential,” she says. “We consistently emphasise the importance of authentic and crucial conversations between our employees and managers. And we ensure that our employees have the right conversations and developmental tools in place to achieve their personal and professional goals.”

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