Teryl @ Work

Apr 26 2016

Do you think you do?

Most people are adamant that they do, but I am becoming more and more aware of the influences that move me in particular directions, and am working to be more structured in approaching final decisions.

Any decision?

It constantly amazes me how many people honestly believe that any decision is better than none, and that changing your mind is a sign of indecisiveness and weakness.

Frequently, decisions are made based on the current information at hand, and when more detail becomes available, people believe it is too late to change direction.

Teryl @ Work
Apr 18 2016

Like any other discipline, HR has evolved, and is continuing to do so.

I asked Ngoni Munetsi, head of Accsys People Management Partners Division, for his input. The article below is his response.

Known before as Personnel Management, today we are talking of terms like Strategic Human Resources, Talent Management, and HR Intelligence among other terms. Are there any differences? Or is it just old wine in a new bottle? What are the current trends and what future predictions do we have in the evolution?

Teryl @ Work
Apr 15 2016

Or is it just in public places? All I know is, if I am sitting next to two people having a conversation two seats away, I can barely hear them, but a person half a room away on a cell phone is absolutely clear.

So it is possible that the shared conversation muffles the sound, but it seems to me that many cell phone users think their phone is an under amplified microphone.

Teryl @ Work
Apr 4 2016

KPAs, KPIs, Job Descriptions - and whatever other acronym you might be using, they all do the same thing - define the performance areas, describe the job, lay out objectives, success factors etc

You know what they are, you understand the job, you are delivering according to the requirements, but you have the impression that your boss is not really that happy with you.

It might just be that you don't understand your boss!

During my career, I have reported into a number of people with huge variations of management style.

Teryl @ Work
Mar 30 2016

This topic has been on my mind for the whole month of March based on the LinkedIn brief of the hottest positions in my industry.

It has to be a role in Analytics and Business Intelligence.

Security is a serious contender, too.

What else?

Web development is still in demand.

According to Robert Half, the positions with the most potential salary growth are:

  • Big Data Engineers
  • Mobile App Developers

The one thing we know in IT is that you need to constantly keep current with trends.

Teryl @ Work
Mar 16 2016

Irreconcilable differences are a common reason for divorce, and while there might be jokes around squeezing the toothpaste tube from the top or the bottom, it is a fact that the smallest things become huge issues in an incompatible relationship. (I have to admit that my husband of 34 years and I solved this one by using different brands for many years. Recently, he bought my current brand! Fireworks ahead…).

Teryl @ Work
Mar 1 2016

HR Intelligence

What does your business know about your people?

  • Skills
  • Expertise
  • Qualities
  • Competencies

Ngoni Munetsi, who heads up the Accsys People Management Partners Division shared his thoughts on this with me.

It seems to me that our systems have become data-led instead of information-led.

He asks “How are we leveraging the data we have about our people to create competitive advantage?”

Teryl @ Work
Feb 25 2016

Or being all things to all people…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice:

“You can’t have it all at once. Over my lifespan, I think I have had it all. But in different periods of time, things were rough.”

As a mother, a wife and a business woman, I have thought a great deal about this. My article about #OutsideWork generated some personal mail that asked me, inter alia:


Teryl @ Work
Feb 19 2016

The link to the Treasury Press Release is below. It appears that the annuitisation is delayed, however the document released is a proposal and the final information will be covered in the budget speech on the 24th February, 2016 by Pravin Gordhan, current Minister of Finance.

Much time and expense has been incurred by many companies to ensure compliance with the new act.

It appears that both Nedlac and Cosatu are objecting to a lack of consultation, with two major issues on the table:

Teryl @ Work
Feb 11 2016

Outside work, away from the office...

“Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.” J.M. Barrie

And, old faithful, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”

We aspire towards balanced lives, talk constantly about work/life balance (as if work were not life) and often make work sound like the grudge part of the day.

Teryl @ Work
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