Cultivate these habits to manage working from home

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By Nico Strydom The Covid-19 pandemic and accompanying lockdown resulted in people having to work from home and although many people have already returned to the office, there are employees who will now work from home permanently. During the lockdown numerous employers decided to change their ways of working. Some employers gave up their office […]

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How do I handle a jealous colleague?

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By Nico Strydom Jealousy also occurs in the workplace and a jealous colleague can cause harm to your reputation and career. Sometimes it can be very obvious that your colleague is jealous of you, or it can be less so, but there are signs which you can be on the lookout for. The specific colleague […]

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Your first 100 days in a new job

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By: Essie Bester The ability to switch to a new position is a necessary skill for anyone with ambition. Research shows that your first 100 days (that is, the first three month) in a new job are decisive. This is a critical time during which you have to make a positive impression and lay a […]

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Apology in the workplace – when, why and how

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By Melodie Veldhuizen Sometimes all of us make mistakes or do or say things that hurt, anger or upset other people, or cause damage. Apologising when you have inadvertently or intentionally offended somebody, is an essential life skill, also in the workplace. It’s not always easy, but often essential to repair or strengthen relationships with […]

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Company culture of accountability now required

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By Nico Strydom To conduct business successfully amid the Covid-19 pandemic will not happen unless people are able to keep themselves and others accountable, regardless of their position or authority. “The new normal for safe business interaction will not succeed unless organisations adopt a culture of psychological safety,” says Helene Vermaak, business director at The […]

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Good manners and etiquette in the workplace

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By Melodie Veldhuizen Friday, 24 September 2020 is Bring your manners to work day. This day was introduced by the Washington Protocol School to remind people to treat their colleagues courteously and with respect in the workplace. Good manners are essential every day to promote good relationships and to open doors to new opportunities for […]

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The Psychological Dynamics of Unethical Behaviour

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By Anja van den Berg Most corporations have checks and balances in place to propagate ethical behaviour. Value statements are regularly part and parcel of a company’s ethos. Corporate Social Responsibility guidelines are a modern mainstay. Employers of choice even have whistle-blower programmes in place. Yet, it is often unspoken psychological dynamics that push employees […]

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