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POPI offers SA business the chance to clean house

by Anne-Marié Pretorius

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is an opportunity for South African corporates to enforce sound business practices across the board and effectively 'clean house'. South African companies are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to information security spending but POPI encourages employers to update the aspects of business where personal information is affected, especially where many…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments


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Motivating employees - uphill battle or rolling stone?

by Peter McDermott

It's a tough time of year for employers who are struggling to motivate their employees. Generally speaking, motivated employees are more productive and more loyal (even through the tough times). A motivated workforce means less absenteeism and it's more viable financially to motivate an employee than paying the costs to replace an unmotivated one. But how do you go about motivating employees? I've done some research…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 24, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments


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Talent management is a vital edge in the digital agency world

by Andre Steenekamp

For a business that's so driven by its people, the digital agency environment is one characterised by high levels of staff turnover and burn-out. What's more, many agencies are also finding it difficult to keep their skills base up to date in an ever-evolving landscape. These realities show just how important it is for digital agencies to start thinking about talent management as a strategic priority. Management needs to take charge and understand that…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 23, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments


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We need to transform HR

by Lia Marus

The marketplace is constantly changing which begs the following question: in this fluctuating environment, how can companies succeed? The answer – said Professor Dave Ulrich at the recent Progress Conference presented by the Business Results Group in association with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (Gibs) – is by changing the HR system in your company. You can ensure that your company's HR system is turned around by marrying strategic HR and HR…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 22, 2014 at 8:00 — 2 Comments


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We need to improve the standard of education – fast

by Lia Marus

In a written reply to a parliamentary question tabled yesterday, basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, stated that nearly 12 million children are enrolled at public schools. Providing our youth with a decent education is the first step towards solving South Africa's unemployment crisis, which means we have a duty to improve the standard of education in our country. Is this happening?

A…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 22, 2014 at 7:30 — No Comments


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Cold, Warm, Hot...Call!



Do you find that you tense up and busy yourself with odds and bobs around the office when you hear that you need to begin cold calling? Are you putting silly notions in your own head that you will not get the deal and therefore you are refraining from cold calling? Let's all take a step back and just breathe! I find that the best way to overcome this fear or negative attitude towards cold calling is to relax and put yourself in a positive space, and most importantly, try to get…

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Added by Michelle Shippel on July 21, 2014 at 16:34 — 2 Comments


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The Protected Disclosures Amendment Bill: The whistle gets louder

By Dave Pattle and Grant Wilkinson

The Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) essentially allows employees to make certain disclosures to various bodies about their employers' conduct while being protected from any disciplinary action or any form of occupational detriment. The public have now been asked to offer comment on proposed amendments to this PDA. In short, the proposed amendments seek to extend the scope of the Act, include a greater…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 21, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments


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Change must happen but who must change?

 

Recently while training on “Change Management” I was asked – How do you deal with people who refuse to change or who refuse to embrace change? My response was – Have you considered that perhaps it is you who needs to change?

The problem is we see everything through “our own eyes” and we see things as always having been done in a certain way and fail to see things from the point of view of others. We…

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Added by Des Squire on July 18, 2014 at 10:32 — 6 Comments

12 TIPS TO HELP YOU WORK SMARTER

Below are 12 tips to help   you manage your time better.    

1. Start your day by looking at your calendar and your to-do list rather than your inbox.

2.  Turn off distractions and don’t live your life by default.

3.  Plan for…

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Added by Karen Hardman on July 17, 2014 at 12:30 — 4 Comments


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CPTD FOR TEACHERS: Continuing Professional Teacher Development

The Eazi Study Teacher Development Centre contains 20 different CPTD short courses, the revised Curriculum documents (CAPS); Government and DBE Policy documents, articles on education matters, research studies and news items. Teachers are invited to participate in the forum discussion and…

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Added by Don Leffler on July 16, 2014 at 10:11 — No Comments


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Oil your personal growth

 Lena-Mari Josling

To see my four-month-old son in his exploration phase got me thinking about why our hunger for exploration fades. Are we just too used to the world or do we give up and stay loyal to our comfort zones? Maybe we're just caught up in the 'must do's' of life and neglect the 'want to's'. As our brains, skin and lungs start to die from the age of 20, most of us are already on a physical downhill. So is it not then worth it…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 16, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments


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RHODES UNIVERSITY HEALTH SUITE (GYM) TO HOST ANNUAL CYCLATHON TO SUPPORT MUSCLE DISEASE

Rhodes to cycle for muscle diseases

 

Each year Rhodes Health Suite (Gym) runs a Cyclathon to involve university lecturers and students as well as the Grahamstown community in a healthy living initiative aimed at supporting special causes. Last year the Rhodes Cyclathon supported cancer awareness and this year the Rhodes Health Suite (Gym) will be supporting muscle disease awareness.

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Added by Don Leffler on July 15, 2014 at 16:50 — No Comments


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TEACHER DEVELOPMENT GETS BOOST

TEACHER DEVELOPMENT GETS BOOST

 

The SA Council of Educators has introduced its new Teacher Development system and thousands of Principals and Vice Principals have already registered with SACE.

 

In the early…

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Added by Don Leffler on July 15, 2014 at 16:38 — No Comments


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Should You Hire that out-of-town Candidate?

Every so often a job application from an out-of-towner lands on a recruiter’s desk. These applications are generally treated with a fair amount of hesitation. It happens with good reason – interviewing someone from outside your city’s limits tend to be cumbersome. Add to that travel and relocation costs, and it just seems simpler to hire locally.

But what happens…

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Added by Chantel Harris on July 15, 2014 at 15:57 — 4 Comments


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Is your degree helping your career?

You have obtained your degree, but have you progresses in your career? If not, have you considered the reasons? The burden of proof that you are more valuable now than you were without the degree lies firmly on you. 

Let’s look at some obstacles in your path:

Did your company pay any part of your degree?  If so, how long do you have to work for them without having to repay the cost of tuition?  How much money would you owe if you…

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Added by Sileen Foot on July 11, 2014 at 12:07 — No Comments


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What incentives do employees respond well to?

by Lia Marus

The chronic skills shortage we're experiencing in this country is making it very difficult to retain one's staff because recruiters and other companies are hungrily preying on those who have those skills which are in such short supply. Company loyalty has become a thing of the past because of the tough economic times we find ourselves in and employees will go to the employer who pays the most.Is it possible to retain…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 11, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments


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Small Business & Entrepreneurship in Action.

Congratulations to our democratic government in initiating a Ministry for Small Business Development and recognising that the best part of our national economy is driven by entrepreneurs and small businesses.

It is a breakthrough for entrepreneurs and for the black masses of potential business people in that some major corporations and major sectors in our economy were certainly ensuring that such a ministry were left off the political agenda for the past twenty years in developing…

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Added by Moegsien Harris on July 9, 2014 at 11:32 — No Comments


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Stakeholder engagement is key to balancing employer/employee requirements

by Kim Lombard

This is part two of a three-part series.

If you want to balance your needs with those of your employees, the trick is to engage all your company's stakeholders in authentic and transparent communication. This so that you can design a…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 9, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

SOR Number PROBLEMS : service provider/edtp seta

Dear Friends at Skill Universe,

you all have got to have a good chuckle about this........( yes my sense of humor is dwindling)

I  feel very Frustrated with the service that i have had from a service provider that i did my assessor qualification with( august 2012) , i have to date only received a competency cert from them,  which took 6 months to get out of them ( as they lost my POE and then found it ).

Then the  coordinator that was in charge of…

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Added by Grant Craig Tyler on July 8, 2014 at 22:59 — 3 Comments


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What to do when your employees won’t follow your lead

by Juliet Newton

 It's all terribly simple. You're in a managerial role because you've proven yourself and have been the most adept at 'getting stuff done'. Unfortunately, being responsible for employee management isn't simple: achieving an objective yourself, and the ability to get a group of people to achieve those same goals, are two very different skills sets. What happens when your team won't move in the same direction or aren't…

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Added by Lia Marus on July 8, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

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