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Jul 8 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

3rd August, 2016 a Public Holiday

Voting day, Wednesday 3rd August, has been officially declared a public holiday, as per a notice published by the Presidency on 24th June, 2016 (see here). Please remember to update your systems to reflect this!

Tax Season 2016

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Jul 7 2016

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy – Unknown source

We all want different things from work:

An Ideal Workplace - The dream & the reality 1

The list is diverse and, if you do some research, there are significant differences in the combinations of goals that people have.

And this impacts on the workplace they want.

The most significant feedback I have received over the years is:

Teryl @ Work
Jun 29 2016

How we love to elaborate… Both in our personal and business lives. It is rare to find somebody who simply answers the question.

In sales, it is becoming more and more critical to just say yes or no. If you want to embroider afterwards, by all means, but tell the client you can or you can’t do it, first.

Salespeople - Just answer the question

That’s what they remember, the yes or the no.

Teryl @ Work
Jun 10 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

BCom for Payroll Employees

Good news! The first group of students have embarked on the BCom studies, and Da Vinci have let us know that they are keen to start a second group of learners in July 2016! If you are interested, please contact for more information.

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Jun 6 2016

So the deed is done! Your resignation letter is in your boss's hands, and you are wondering whether you made the right decision.

In fact, you are now pretty sure that you have made a mistake, but withdrawing doesn't seem possible either. What to do?

Whatever you are going to do needs to be done as quickly as possible, but do take a moment to think it through. First of all, this is not a counter offer situation, you just simply know you don't want to leave. So its not a negotiation, its a discussion.

Teryl @ Work
May 31 2016

If I were 22

May is my birthday month, so a time for celebrations and introspection.

In interviews, I often ask our applicants to pretend they are 60, and look back on their careers. Their dreams range from leaving a legacy to being able to retire by the age of 45.

At 22, I had taken my first steps on the career ladder. I had been promoted from being a PA and Installation Secretary (setting up PoS installations for NCR’s large retailers) to becoming a full time programmer.

Teryl @ Work
May 27 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Tuesday 31st May, Deadline Day, is Near

Two important deadlines which need to be met are on Tuesday next week, 31st May.

a. 2016 Tax Year Submissions to SARS
The deadline for submission of EMP501 and Employee Tax Certificates, is the 31st May, Tuesday next week. Have you finished your submission to SARS yet? The SA Revenue website has this advice for employers:

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May 23 2016

Is 2016 the year of mainstreaming Business Intelligence and Analytics?

In IT circles, IoT and Analytics are mainstream! In the real business world, there appears to be an appetite and a genuine need, but the question is “Is it really happening?”

I have rather belatedly read Ajeet Singh’s article – 2016 Anti-Predictions for Analytics, and found it very interesting. Some of the statistics mentioned were a surprise eg 99% of data still being on premise.

Teryl @ Work
May 13 2016

According to the 2014 Global Outsourcing and Insourcing Survey, compiled by Deloitte, it is no secret that this is a pressing matter that organisations are currently deliberating over, as Outsourcing has seen tremendous growth since 2014.

To better appreciate the decision required, one needs to have a clear understanding of what is meant by each model.

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May 13 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Department of Labour

The Department of Labour announced on 10th May that they have extended the deadline for submission of the Return of Earnings to 31st May, 2016. This may be somewhat confusing to you, as we had understood that this was the deadline for submission, and had documented this deadline in previous newsflashes.


31st May is also the deadline for the SARS Annual Reconciliation.

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