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Wednesday | 18 September | 2019 Office champion 2019 – My life within Eskom

By Sus Gerber In June 1993 I received a temporary job appointment at Eskom in Vereeniging. I knew that I wanted to work there and without much ado I started. On 23 September 1993 I was permanently appointed and there my occupational journey started. A week later I was transferred to Meyerton as a cashier – hard work but a delightful challenge. In 1999 the job as cashier fell away and I was transferred to Vanderbijlpark as a service representative. It was an interesting job because I helped clients, visited schools and presented safety talks. I was also out in
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Monday | 16 September | 2019 KYK VIDEO: Solidariteit se Kantoorkampioen vir 2019 by spoggeleentheid aangewys

Die Solidariteit Beroepsgilde vir Kantoorpraktisyns het onlangs hul Kantoorkampioen vir 2019 aangewys. Die kompetisie is vanjaar vir die eerste keer aangebied en sal voortaan ’n jaarlikse instelling wees. Die Beroepsgilde vir Kantoorpraktisyns is ’n beroepsgemeenskap vir enige iemand in ’n administratiewe rol, ongeag of die persoon ’n persoonlike assistent, ontvangspersoon, datavaslegger of administratiewe beampte is. Dié beroepsgilde fokus daarop om sy lede in hul beroepe te versterk en ook om vir hulle die nodige erkenning te gee wat soveel male agterweë bly. Lindie Strydom het as gasspreker die ongeveer 80 gaste by dié glansgeleentheid in Pretoria geïnspireer en gemotiveer. Enige
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Tuesday | 10 September | 2019 Eight golden rules to make a success of your career

It is possible for everyone to make a success of his or her career. The weal and woe of Solidarity’s more than 180 000 members gave FLIP BUYS an opportunity to thoroughly study the requirements for success in one’s career. For years he has been looking closely at the reasons why some people reach the top while others don’t. He has summed up his conclusions in eight golden rules for making a success of your career. Fulfil your calling For many people their career never seems to take off properly because they are not fulfilling their calling; they are just working.
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Tuesday | 03 September | 2019 Success is who you are, not what you own.

Brigitte Raath   What is your most valuable asset and the most important thing in your life? A group of people recently had to answer the question for me. There were several answers, all of which are true to some extent.   “Probably my car because I am not up for public transport and the most important thing is good health.” “My family is most valuable and irreplaceable and my photos of them are my most treasured possession. Everything I do in life is for me and my children.” “My health and my relationship with people.” “My two grandchildren, my
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Wednesday | 31 July | 2019 Fake it till you make it

By Brigitte Raath During a recent conversation I had with a colleague, the expression “Fake it till you make it” came up. Her approach to this expression had me laughing: “I am not an athlete but to remain in shape and to keep my stress levels down I exercise like I am one.” With this statement she didn’t pretend to be an athlete and didn’t lie about being one; she merely said she acts like an athlete in order to reach her emotional and health goals. For me the expression “Fake it till you make it” belongs to the secret
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Thursday | 25 July | 2019 Afraid of your inbox after the vacation?

Before you went on a well-deserved holiday break, you had anxiety attacks about the amount of work that needed to be completed before you could switch off and relax. Upon your return, you end up wishing that you never went on leave as your inbox is an immediate headache. To overcome this inbox nightmare and ensure it does not rob you of your post-holiday bliss, here are a few tips: Set aside time to work through your inbox. Look at this time as a scheduled meeting that you cannot postpone and must attend. While you have your “inbox catch-up meeting”,
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Thursday | 11 July | 2019 Healthy habits for a busy life

By Mandy-Michelle Thackwray   The other day a colleague mentioned to me that in the past, you had very busy periods at work, then things slowed down a bit, until the next big thing came along. However, this is no longer the case. There are no more periods at work where we are allowed “breathers”. We are all swamped with too much to do and too little time.   Many people complain that they do not have enough time to plan a family vacation, not even mentioning spending enough quality time with their families. Long term goals are clouded by
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Thursday | 27 June | 2019 Stop saying ‘yes’ when you actually mean ‘no’

By Bianca Smit   “Don’t say maybe when you want to say no” – Paulo Coelho as quoted by Ryan Holiday To have to say yes all the time, is something so many of us are confronted with on a daily basis, and this leads to high stress levels and possible burnout. The question is: Why do we do it? Here are some of the reasons why we can’t say no: Fear of rejection It is part of being human to experience rejection when you feel you have disappointed or you are being excluded. In his book on rejection John
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Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 When your to do list just gets longer and longer…

By Anell de Beer You might be more structured in your work approach than me. You might be extremely effective and in control of everything, by I want to encourage you to read this piece because you might just learn something new. When I was at school, I did my homework diligently every day. It was every day’s little bit of work that contributed to the fact that my exams ended rather good. Most of the times it wasn’t too exciting, and it felt like it could wait till later, but I knew that there was an end goal –
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Wednesday | 19 June | 2019 Month end – opportunity to try again

By Anell de Beer Month end at any job is sometimes challenging. Every job has a different end-of-month process, but that one month needs to be ended and another started is a fact. Like me, you may have started a new job and need to learn a lot of new things and try to master it quickly on top of everything. If you are anything like me, you would want to complete all your tasks perfectly. However, it is not always possible to walk away with a hundred percent success rate after completing a task. How does one handle those
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