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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.

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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
Oct 6 2015

If you speak to successful people, there are those who tell you:

  • they had a plan from day one (organised)
  • they were just in the right place at the right time (lucky)
  • they worked hard and were recognised (dedicated)
  • they continued to grow their skill set (life long learning)
  • they saw an opportunity and grabbed it (opportunistic) and
  • they are well connected (networkers)
Teryl @ Work
Sep 22 2015

Or to be more specific, is it having a real effect on the workplace?

As a concept, it’s been around for 30 years. Every time I mention it, though, I have to explain what it is!

Personal Case Study

Some years ago I was the president of a mostly male IT Association. (I believe I am still the only female president they have had since 1934). We needed to hire a new Executive Director. As a member of the ManCo, we interviewed a number of candidates, shortlisted them to three (two men, one woman) and conducted final interviews.

Teryl @ Work
Sep 18 2015

Newsflash courtesy of SAPA

Take on a Payroll Learner

The Services SETA is offering Discretionary Grant Funding. This is an ideal opportunity for you to take on a payroll learner, and get paid for this! To find out more, please click here.

Remember that you can contact SAPA for details of training providers which can assist you with the training required for your learner.

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Sep 10 2015

Maternity Leave – has it changed over the years?

I have two children, one 30, and the other 28 and, other than one 10 month extended holiday before we got married and two three month maternity leaves, I have been employed.

When viewing my personal maternity leave, the major difference was the comparison between the corporate and small business approach to women going on maternity leave.

It amazes me now, but when I had my daughter, I landed up having to manage a rather challenging situation.

I had a company car and was working for an international company.

Teryl @ Work
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