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Dec 23 2015

'Tis the season to be kind, and I would like to be, but in the interests of telling the truth, I wanted to share this less than kind thought. I really do enjoy watching programs where people excel and achieve something that is beyond most of our wildest dreams, I just wish they didn't tell us they were speechless, split seconds before launching into a long speech.

Teryl @ Work
Dec 15 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) is inspiring some new (and some not so new) lines of marketing speak.

Notable is Segment of One.

What does that mean?

Simply, knowing vast amounts about your spending patterns, marketing effort is so tightly targeted on your needs, aspirations and requirements, it’s like a homing pigeon bullet, straight to the heart of your wallet.

So, I am talking to you, Segment of One!

Where can this kind of use of big data go wrong?

Once again, simply, in the delivery!

Personal Story

Teryl @ Work
Dec 11 2015

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Retirement Funding Reform Update

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Nov 27 2015

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Minimum wages for Domestic Workers Increased

On Monday 16th November Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant announced upward adjustment to Domestic Worker wages, effective 1st December 2015 (and valid until end November 2016).
The changes are as follows:
a. An employee that works more than 27 hours in Area A (major metropolitan areas) should be paid no less than an hourly rate of R11.44, R514.82 weekly and R2 230.70 per month.

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Nov 26 2015

Having met many perfectionists in my years of interviewing, I loved the Harvard Business Review article on Humblebragging.

So did everybody I shared it with.

Of course, when you get asked what your strengths and weaknesses are, everybody wants to present themselves in the best light, so humblebragging seems a subtle way of doing this.

Unfortunately, HR people have heard it all before, so they are very much aware of the difference between highlighting your strengths and false modesty.

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Teryl @ Work
Nov 13 2015

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Retirement Reform Update

The Retirement reform changes were supposed to take effect on 1st March 2015 as proposed in the Taxation Laws Amendment Act 43 of 2014. This was later changed to 1 March 2016 (T-Day).

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Nov 6 2015

This is a favourite topic of mine.

I started thinking about it, some years ago, when we hosted social events for our staff at the office.

There were those, both management and staff, who pitched in, but there were many more who had a wonderful evening, said thank you very politely at the end, and left the execs and senior managers loading dishwashers and generally tidying up.

Mini Case Study 1

Teryl @ Work
Oct 29 2015

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Retirement Reform?

National Treasury issued a notice on the 27th October, requesting feedback by Monday 2nd November regarding the proposed Retirement Reform which was to have come into effect on 1st March 2016 (see here).

The notice asks for input regarding preference between 3 options:

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Oct 16 2015

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Employer Interim Declaration

The deadline of 30th October for submission of interim reconciliations for the period 1st March to 31st August 2015 to SARS is rapidly approaching. This is done via the Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501), Employee Tax Certificates (IRP5 / IT3(a)) and, where applicable, a Tax Certificate Cancellation Declaration (EMP601).

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Oct 14 2015

Nor is it a skill, an achievement, or a sign of success.

And yet, we all compete with each other for levels of busyness. As if the busier we are the more successful, popular and cutting edge we must be.

No time for family or friends? Very busy doing important stuff.

No time for holidays or relaxation? Even more busy doing mission critical work.

And so it goes on!

Women are particularly hard hit in this area, because there is a fair amount for the average working woman to do at home, too!

Teryl @ Work
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