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Invest in your crayons – reap the benefits

We can learn a lot from crayons, that is, using the analogy of a box of crayons to define the different members that make up a team. Some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have strange names and all are different colours... but they all live together in the same box. When defining employees as crayons, it becomes evident that team building is a very important component of every organisation. Unfortunately, not many share this opinion.


Manage your talent with an integrated approach

Talent management can best be defined as the integration of all of the complex processes within HR - managed in an integrated and optimised environment - to deliver business benefits to the organisation. Many of the organisations I come into contact with like to say that their employees are their greatest asset and also the source of their competitive advantage, however many of them are unprepared for the challenge they face - to find, motivate and retain the employees they need to achieve their business goals.


Career sustainability: It’s not just black or white

Victim mentality is rearing its ugly head in South African business leadership at many levels. I hear over and over that career management is impossible in our race-obsessed country but it's easy to fall into the blame game trap. The fact of the matter remains that sustainable careers are crafted and effectively managed over the long term, and don't just happen overnight. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing proof of enough well-thought-out career plans and strategies.


Two lessons women at work can learn from men

Women are not getting ahead and statistics report that the percentage of women at work in top positions has stayed relatively static for the past three years. The problem is women at work need to realise that the business world was created by men and so they must play by men's rules. It's sexist and harsh but it's a reality women need to grasp. Women need to stop blaming the glass ceiling for not growing in their careers and start observing the creators of the game.


The serious matter of games at work

Recent research shows that two-thirds of the world's largest companies will most likely use gamification by the end of the year, and 55% of 18 to 24 year-olds would welcome it. It might be a relatively new concept in the workplace, but you can't ignore those statistics. In addition, many companies are realising the cost savings in human resources, increased productivity, improved morale and better client relationships as a result of it. Gamification can breathe new life into your workforce.