Dirk Hermann: ‘Labour movement rather than trade union’

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Eugene Brink     “We are geared for the new information economy, not for the old indusrrial economy.”   This is the emphatic message from Dr Dirk Hermann, Chief Executive of the Solidarity Movement, in an exclusive interview with Solidarity World about the state of trade unionism in South Africa.   “If you don’t adjust your […]

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Male-dominated workplaces can ‘make women ill’

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A male dominated workplace could cause dangerous stress levels in women, according to researchers.   They believe social problems associated with being the ‘token’ female could deregulate the body’s stress response – leading to greater vulnerability to illness.   And far from ending when workers clock off for the day, the effects could potentially last […]

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Solving conflict with colleagues

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Karen van der Berg He is arrogant, has no people skills, is unreliable and tactless. This is how Annelle, who works at a large firm of attorneys in Bloemfontein, describes one of her senior colleagues with whom she has to deal with every day. For Anelle, an articled clerk, this is a big problem. “I […]

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Debunking myths about women in the workplace

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Even though it is generally believed that women nowadays have a far cosier spot in the career sun, research still suggest that the higher the managerial levels in companies, the lower the proportion of women. Inge Strydom discovered that several prevalent myths about women in the workplace might contribute to this phenomenon.   The article […]

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(Realistic) optimists will have the last laugh

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Anja van den Berg   “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston S. Churchill   South Africa is looking for inspiration and hope. And we’re not getting it from the eight o’clock news. South Africans need leaders who encourage and infuse them with the […]

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The emotional impact of retrenchment – here’s some advice

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Thousands of employees are currently being affected by retrenchment processes at various companies country-wide. Not only do retrenchments cause uncertainty and worry in the short term, but in the long term theyt can debilitate you emotionally and mentally. Inge Strydom did some research about the emotional impact on the individual and ways to handle it. […]

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Let’s get women into the boardroom!

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Anja van den Berg   An old Chinese proverb says that “women hold up half the sky” and it is certainly true that in 2015 women affect more economic and financial decisions in households than ever before.   Recent legislative efforts and other initiatives have helped bring women’s representation in the boardroom to an all-time […]

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What should my CV look like?

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Michelle Marnewick   As in most cases, first impressions always play an important role. The lay-out and appearance of your CV are therefore extremely important and create a positive feeling or not regarding your application.   Your CV should be attractive and creative, but also remain professional and structured. It is also very important to […]

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Balancing work and family life

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Nico Strydom   It’s never easy trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life, but it is essential. According to Nicolien Welthagen, a research psychologist at the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI) and a married mother with a high-school son, it is very important to balance the high expectations and demands of a career […]

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