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Feb 16 2016

We are holding our breaths at the moment, and anxiously speculating on what the Annual Budget speech will bring us this year.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who was reappointed at the end of last year, will be presenting the budget speech to Parliament on the 24th February 2016, at 2pm.

Rumours of leaked information, predictions and statistics are steadily making the rounds.

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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
Feb 5 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Tax calculation changes for March 2016

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Feb 2 2016

Which Wolf are you Feeding?

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: (Sources – See below)

A fight is going on inside me, he said to the boy. It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

Teryl @ Work
Jan 27 2016

Embracing change? How do you react?

Most people think that they react well, but, of course, it has to make sense to them!

I believed the same thing - then I came up against the changes in my drive to the office. It has been a long process, at least 18 months, and is still ongoing.

There has been a huge amount of work. There is change in the road structure without change in the signage. Note the two photos taken this morning. Not so much as a white directional line in the road.

Teryl @ Work
Jan 22 2016

The biblical story of the Tower of Babel has always fascinated me. Not least because I have never been good at languages, having struggled with both Afrikaans and Latin at school, even though I come from a multilingual family.

Back to Babel, though, and the story that the people of Shinar built a tower to reach heaven, and the Lord came to earth, and saw that people with one language could be unstoppable in their achievements, both good and bad. And so He "confounded" their language and "scattered" the people.

Teryl @ Work
Jan 19 2016

Every discussion on this topic seems to come back to “you can’t manage what you can’t measure”. Employee engagement is seen as the Utopian solution to driving out measurements and introducing total commitment and great results.

Companies have done it.

Is it possible as a norm? And once you have achieved these high levels of engagement, is it possible to maintain them?

I think there is a tipping point in terms of size, in both directions. Too small, family type of bickering kicks in. Too large, maintaining consistency is challenging.

Teryl @ Work
Jan 15 2016

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Your Payroll Questions Answered

Q: Would a full time employee who only earns commission be entitled to annual and sick leave?

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Jan 14 2016

Do you take former employees back?

We spend so much time discussing retention, and not nearly enough time with the people we want to retain or those we want to return.

There are companies who have a policy not to re-employ.

There are also companies who have alumni strategies where they continue to engage with former employees with the clear objective of re-engagement. These strategies usually sit at executive level and tend to focus on high level talent.

Teryl @ Work
Jan 8 2016

Or add to productivity and clarity?

I sat in a presentation the other day, and the presenter used the expression "In that space" at least 30 times, plus a few variations on the theme. I am afraid after the first 5 I stopped concentrating on the content, and started waiting for him to say it again...

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