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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Increase your mental toughness

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Eugene Brink   Life and work can be cruel sometimes and we all suffer disappointments and failures from time to time. Sometimes these setbacks occur in quick succession, and others appear to last a long time. However, they all hurt. We fail to deliver on deadlines, we miss our sales targets, we feel unfulfilled at […]

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Tips to balance work and family

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Anna-Marie Uys     In today’s productivity-driven society with double-income families, it is often difficult to find a balance between work and family. This problem has been associated with a number of dysfunctional outcomes – strained family relations, inefficiency at work, and poor physical and mental health. Finding the right balance isn’t always easy and may […]

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3 big reasons why humour is key to work success

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Anja van den Berg   An appropriate joke and a healthy sense of humour capture attention, lighten the mood, set positive expectations and motivate team members to be more productive. In a study from the Journal of Applied Psychology, a single instance where humour was applied successfully among work teams resulted in improved performance – […]

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How to get enough sleep when you work shifts

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Solette Swanepoel   According to a recent American study, a third of the country’s workers sleep less than six hours a night. The lack of sleep leads to a decline in productivity, which annually costs companies millions, not even to mention the health and safety risks associated with too little sleep. Johan Wepener, a fatigue […]

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Mistakes in the workplace: Types and cures

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Michelle Marnewick     It is not the end of the world if you make a mistake. We are all human and we all make mistakes. It is not always easy in the workplace to move on after a mistake, because sometimes the mistake has serious consequences. The most important thing is to take responsibility for […]

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