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Aug 23 2016

Following an extensive shortlisting process Compass has been named as a finalist at the prestigious Payroll World Awards 2016 in the Implementation Project Award category.

Compass specialises in software implementation of people management solutions and is based in Windhoek, Namibia. They are a value added reseller for the Accsys range of products including Payroll, Time & Attendance software and hardware solutions. They also run a full outsourcing payroll bureau.

The winners will be announced on 3 November 2016 at the spectacular Hilton London Bankside venue.

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Aug 23 2016

What is the difference between balance and integration? Well, this is how I interpret them:

Balance is about creating two separate lives, work and play, and ensuring there is time for both

  • Integration is more around creating a situation where the two overlap, and are well aligned, allowing time for both work and play
  • Imbalance is when work and play are constantly encroaching on each other, there is no down time, and whatever you are doing, you feel like you should be doing something else...
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Aug 5 2016

Impossible to arrange? Or a much needed, occasional escape from reality...

Celebrating South African Women’s Month, always make me think about the practicalities and logistics of being a working mother.

I do love travelling, both business and pleasure. I am a B & B fan, and I try and stay in the same ones as often as I can. I have built up great relationships, and am really well looked after. I am also a bit of a security freak, so need to feel safe, years of living behind gates and burglar bars have had their impact.

Teryl @ Work
Aug 1 2016

Should you pour the tea, ladies?

"Will you be mom?" was a frequent request in my early boardroom days. Not to mention, "will you take the notes?"

Not sure why, but while the notes just bothered me a little, the tea request drove me crazy. Of course, I do make dreadful tea, so wasn't asked twice...

The advent of coffee machines and tablets has largely done away with those two, but my discussions with many women who are sitting on boards and excos today tells me that there is still a way to go for women to feel fully included.

Teryl @ Work
Jul 28 2016

Over the past few days I have been struck by the number of times I have had young women say to me "my dad said I should take the chance/could do it/ must try". Each time these ladies have been faced with a challenge, and based on the courage given them by their fathers, they have stepped up to the plate. Successfully.

And I wonder if these dads recognise the incredible freedom that they have given their daughters?

Dads for daughters
Jul 26 2016

Internal Promotion? How to prepare.

Career path and succession planning are part of a good HR strategy. They should be part of your personal strategy, too.

When an opportunity for promotion is available, and you are granted an interview, how should you prepare for it?

1. Discuss the opportunity with your line manager

  • If it is in a different department, he/she could give you valuable input
  • There are times when this might not be appropriate

2. Ask HR:

  • Who are the interviewers?
Teryl @ Work
Jul 22 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

BCom for Payroll Employees

Are you keen to get your degree in Payroll? The first group of students are well on their way through year one. The Da Vinci institute is keen to start another group of students in September. To find out more, contact

SARS August Submissions

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Jul 19 2016

3 things to do BEFORE you sign your new employment contract

1. Consider additional costs you might incur so that you know what take home pay is the basis for negotiation

  • Benefits you might be losing eg Canteen
  • Distance from home
  • Higher transport costs
  • Additional child care costs for earlier drop off/later collection

2. Ask to see a copy of a payslip

  • Most companies will be happy to do this to ensure there is a clear understanding of take home pay
Teryl @ Work
Jul 15 2016

or sign a new contract…

1. Confirm your notice period

  • A lot of companies allow 30 days from date of resignation, but many ask for a calendar month

2. Check your restraints

  • If you are joining a competitor
  • If you are joining a client

3. Find out when your last payment will be transferred

Teryl @ Work
Jul 13 2016

The exit interview is not the time to tell your manager that you would have stayed if...

When you are serious about your career, and really enjoy your job, except for one key component, take the time to talk before you resign.

While sometimes the grass is greener, more often than not you just inherit different issues at a new company.

Resignation 1

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