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Monday | 07 December | 2020 Administrative assistants: How to prepare for the holidays

By Nico Strydom The festive season is upon us and you are beginning to look forward to that well-deserved break all the more, but there is still such a lot to do at work and you aren’t sure how you are going get all of it done in time. The year is drawing to a close and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to remain focused and motivated while so much still needs to be done before you can go and relax on the beach or next to the swimming pool. It’s important to start preparing ahead of time. As administrative assistant
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Thursday | 05 November | 2020 What are we celebrating 31 December 2020?

By Cindy Venter For as long as I can remember the highlight of my year is the hope and positive prospects that the new year brings. It is as if we symbolically look at the new year as a “new beginning”, another chance to improve ourselves, or to make the changes that we actually wanted to make last year, or even the year before that.   Am I the only one who thinks that 2020’s new year was an absolute farce? The night of 31 December 2019 we were on the beach; huddled around a campfire surrounded by friends. At
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Wednesday | 09 September | 2020 Workplace: Am I as indispensable as I think?

By Nico Strydom To be indispensable in the workplace may feel like the right thing for your career, but it could also have negative consequences. Solidarity’s Occupational Guild for Office Practitioners looks at the advantages and disadvantages of being indispensable in the workplace. Being indispensable in the workplace means that part of the company you work for cannot function without you. This probably means that you have certain skills or knowledge in a specific department or field that nobody else has and therefore that you are probably the only person who can do that specific work. Being indispensable probably also
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Wednesday | 02 September | 2020 Office practitioners’ role in managing change

By Essie Bester Often office practitioners are at the hub of ensuring that organisations sustain momentum. As individual within the office and administrative environment, you are expected to be proactive. You have to take the initiative without waiting for instructions and you have to be able to provide different scenarios. However, the Covid-19 pandemic and everything accompanying it is something no-one could have predicted. Before the lockdown most organisations worked from an office building. It is only natural that the transition to distance working was upsetting for almost everyone. Suddenly you, as office practitioner, are expected to offer administrative support
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Wednesday | 12 August | 2020 Reception staff and Covid-19: Persevering and persisting in uncertain times

By Marli Naidoo Reception staff are truly the hub in the connection between the client and staff or services. Not only are they the first faces you see or voices you hear, but also highly effective administrative heroes. To give a friendly answer and do so with a smile in the midst of work pressure is an enviable skill. Under the current circumstances, with Covid-19 uncertainties reigning supreme, reception staff are under extreme pressure to keep themselves and clients safe, and still keep the ball rolling with regard to their daily work load. Reception staff have contact with so many
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Friday | 17 July | 2020 The importance of mentorship in the workplace

By Nico Strydom Many companies have formal mentorship systems to make sure that knowledge and skills are transferred and to identify and develop talent. Mentorship programmes do not only serve as instruments for development, but are also extremely cost-effective options with numerous benefits for a company because the resources are already in place. Research has found that mentorship makes for job satisfaction and professional and personal development for the mentor as well as for the person at the receiving end. Employees also tend to stay with their place of work if they feel that they are getting help and that
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Wednesday | 27 May | 2020 Office Practitioners: What to do when I feel isolated and unappreciated in my work?

by Marli Naidoo Office practitioners is the nerve centre of the office: They coordinates actions and information by sending out signals. They notices changes and works together with other role-players to react to these changes. Neither the office nor the body can function without this extremely important system. However, it is not unusual for these workers to feel isolated or unappreciated in their daily task. There is a multitude of small tasks which an office practitioner performs every day to keep everything together, but which aren’t necessarily visible or noticeable, while the more visible tasks are sometimes taken for granted.
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Wednesday | 06 May | 2020 Work smarter, not harder

By Nico Strydom   In many respects the days of fixed office hours are something of the past and employers expect employees to be available at all times, even if they are not in their offices.   This requires employees to work smarter, not harder. There are a thousand things to do but only so much time. The most important thing therefore is to polish your time-management skills.   If you do not manage your time effectively, it only means that you will have to work harder. By coordinating tasks and activities you can work smarter and more effectively. It
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Tuesday | 05 May | 2020 Office practitioner: My employer cannot afford my services any more

By Bianca Smit With Covid-19 and an economy that is tight, retrenchment will soon be a reality for many, or it has already become a reality. What should I do if I am facing this prospect? In a detailed article published on www.corona.org.za Solidarity has already pointed out that retrenchments due to the Covid-19 pandemic would be fair. Retrenchments take place when employers have to terminate the services of employees due to operational reasons. If this happens to be the case at your workplace, your company must follow the correct section 189 process under the Labour Relations Act. More information
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Tuesday | 28 April | 2020 Dink anders oor werk

Deur Cindy Venter Die vierde nywerheidsrewolusie leer ons dat die wêreld van werk, soos ons dit nou ken, besig is om te verander. Om van 7 tot 5 te gaan werk, 'n maandelikse salaris te ontvang en voordele soos 'n mediese fonds en 'n pensioenfondsbydrae te hê, is vir die meeste van ons 'n gemaksone waarvan ons baie moeilik sal afskeid neem. Dit is ongelukkig nie meer volhoubaar nie en ons sal vinnig moet aanpas om ruimte te skep vir nuwe geleenthede. Een van die nuwe geleenthede kan moontlik werk as 'n kontrakteur insluit. Dit bied aan jou die geleentheid
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