To sabbatical or not to sabbatical

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Michelle Marnewick   Many people are unhappy at work and decide to resign and pursue something new, but there are also those who like what they do a lot but are simply too exhausted to continue. For the latter ones a sabbatical is highly recommended. A sabbatical is extended leave taken because an employer or […]

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Maintain a professional distance at work

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Tinus Vollgraaff       It is normal for managers to want to be liked by their underlings and most employees don’t want to seem aloof or uninvolved at work lest it spawns professional consequences. Notwithstanding the real need for cordial work relationships, many burnt professionals would attest to becoming pals and drinking buddies with […]

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Year-end functions: What to do and what to wear

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Tinus Vollgraaff   It’s time for year-end functions again and also for head-scratching when picking a theme (if that’s the route you’re going). Apart from the wide array of themes available, there are also a myriad of fun activities that departments or whole companies can do together. This will strengthen their cohesion and destress them […]

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Hoe help emosionele intelligensie jou?

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Luzette Kotze     Ek verduidelik baie hoflik aan die kassier van ʼn kettingwinkel dat ek die stewels wat ek vyf dae vantevore gekoop het, wil teruggee. Sy maak die boks oop en inspekteer die stewels voordat sy sê: “Dis reg, ek sal vir jou ʼn geskenkbewys gee.” Die ding is, ek koop bitter selde […]

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How does emotional intelligence help you?

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Luzette Kotze     Very courteously I explain to the cashier at the chain store that I want to return the boots I bought five days previously. She opens the box and examines the boots before saying: “It’s OK, I’ll give you a gift voucher.” The point is, I very rarely buy anything at this […]

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Guidelines for time management

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Anja van den Berg   It doesn’t matter what position you are the incumbent of or in which industry you are employed – everyone has 24 hours per day in which to finalise tasks. Why then does it seem as if your colleague has a magical way of fitting three extra hours into his day? […]

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What determines job satisfaction?

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Tinus Vollgraaff   Work consumes an immense amount of our time and energy and it is crucial that these expended elements at least cause us joy and fulfilment. If not, we might be wasting our lives and careers on something that is not worthwhile. Edwin Locke famously and simply described job satisfaction as “. . […]

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