South Africans are becoming used to hearing bad news in terms of our pockets on the 2nd Wednesday afternoon in February. Sadly, we don’t expect anything particularly different this year.
Given that South Africa, as a country, is still struggling financially and the gap between the earnings of the poorest and the “well-to-do do’s” does not seem to be shrinking, we can be confident that there will be more innovative taxes included in what is tabled.
They do say dark chocolate is good for you, don't they? And a little glass of red wine every now and then..
This time of year is definitely about food for many of us, preparing it, eating it, clearing up afterwards. And chocolate is high up on the indulgent food list (Also doesn't mess up the pots, pans and plates).
There are very few people who do not have a level of guilt around the amount of chocolate they eat, or would eat if it was considered a healthy snack.
There may be a lucky few in South Africa this December who receive a 13th cheque or bonus as part of your December pay.
It’s important that you understand what you are actually going to receive in your bank account:
• A bonus is generally an amount given to employees because of either their personal performance within the organisation, or because the organisation as a whole has done well;
• A 13th cheque will have been calculated as part of your annual company cost, and is a way of splitting an annual amount into 13 payments.
This morning, as I was packing my car to come to work, I felt a few drops of water on my arm. I looked up into a clear, blue sky... Maybe it came off the car? I went inside for my goodbyes, came back out, and there it was, a steady drizzle seemingly coming from a cloudless sky.
Writing business correspondence is an art and, as we all know now, writing political and diplomatic emails, is a hazard.
But let’s stick to what I know about, business mail. I hear a lot of conversations about the end of eMail, the end of print etc. I have to believe that in the next ten years (or even less) we are going to undergo a sea change in how we communicate, both personally and in business.
But we are not there yet, and until then we have to consider the implications of how we put together business correspondence.
Is flexibility now a reality in the workplace? And is it really working? The assumption of control over one’s own time and deliverables does seem to be a great way to work and live, and it appears to be is a high priority for those entering the business world.
Decision makers in business, along with HR managers and recruitment consultants, are very much aware that employers are looking for guidance and ideas as to how to attract and retain, while new recruits are looking for career opportunities that are aligned with their lifestyle choices.
It’s becoming easier. Technology enables working from anywhere. Go into any coffee shop and see the number of people working at laptops, holding meetings and sharing cell phone business conversations with the world at large…
But if you work for a corporate and are planning a big career, do the advantages of missing the daily commute and the noise and buzz of open plan space outweigh the disadvantages?
This topic seems a natural follow up to work / home integration.
Imagine unexpectedly losing all your employee information from your computerised system! This happens more frequently than one supposes, either through a pc or server crash, or through theft of computer equipment.
What would you do? How would you ever get back all that lost information?
To prevent such a thing from ever happening, it is important to have a back-up system, which is used and tested.