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Future of Jobs 2018

Oct 3, 2018

The recent World Economic Forum report on Future of Jobs 2018 made interesting reading. I have extracted the section for South Africa for ease of use and the one section I found most interesting was the jobs of the future. Click here to view statistics This past year I have been very involved in the development of our new organization The Orange which specializes in wellness, career and retirement coaching and I find the jobs of the future ...

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South Africa Crime Statistics 2017/2018

Sep 27, 2018

I have always had an issue with criminal record checks being part of the pre-employment or background screening industry. I know that it is the most common check globally but with the new GDPR and Ban the Box initiatives I do wonder how this is going to change. In South Africa I do not believe that by having a policy that allows anyone with no criminal record to be employed is a safe option. Sadly our convictions rates are very low and many pe...

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Sep 27, 2017

I read with interest recently that pupils at a school were going to boycott lessons because they were not allowed to wear skinny pants. This sparked a whole debate about whether or not schools should have uniforms etc. I remember being at school (albeit many years ago) and not being happy that we had to wear white ankle socks in summer and this created a sock tan - heaven forbid we should have to walk around like that. Now when I look back...

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Retail Industry

Sep 20, 2017

I am a huge fan of online shopping – I find it a time waster to have to get to a shopping centre, find a parking, deal with unhappy staff who don’t want to necessarily help customers, queue to pay for my goods, pay for my parking and move on to the next activity I have to deal with. I had to go into a large shopping centre the other day to sort out a problem with my phone and I was horrified how many empty shops there were papered up with...

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Sep 13, 2017

I am sure we have all driven down the road and seen a lady with young children either begging or just sitting on the pavement. I am always torn with the feeling I must give them something and the notices we constantly get saying that we need to support an organization that encourages such people to stay off the street. I continue to choose to support Adventures for Love which is a charity organization that gives back to the community in a mea...

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Cost of Replacing Staff

Sep 6, 2017

Employing staff is always a challenge – are we going to get the right person, will the culture fit be right and will they be productive? I recently read that if you need to replace an employee it can cost you between 16 and 213% of the annual salary of that employee. With statistics like this I cannot believe that companies do not tailor make their employee screening policy to ensure that they get the right person the first time.   ...

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Count your blessings.

Aug 30, 2017

  With so much news hitting us these days and sadly it is not always good news – terrorism attacks, state capture and the economy only growing by 0.3% in 2016 I have found it really hard to be inspired to write a blog.   I do find that I need to count my blessings in life because there are just so many hardships that people are going through. I find myself wanting to visit people who have lost or are losing loved ones,...

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A new focus on happiness – The iFacts Performance Toolkit

Jul 26, 2017

Having just returned from a wonderful adventure, I was thrilled when last week the amazing Deshun Deysel addressed many of our clients at the iFacts Business Breakfast. She spoke about the new performance tool that iFacts is now able to offer. Listening to her and her incredible message made me understand how we all have an obligation to make our lives an adventure. All too often we hear others complain about the hardships and the tough ti...

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Loving or Caring for your Children

Jul 11, 2017

It continues to frighten me when I hear or read about how many children are being raped, murdered, abused or neglected in our country. Sadly it seems that in so many cases it is by people who have been hired to care for these children, in one form or another.   I recently read another article (http://ewn.co.za/2017/05/29/mkhize-sa-democracy-will-remain-under-threat-if-children-aren-t-free) which raised some interesting points. The ...

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Jul 6, 2017

My journey through Africa continues and I am still enjoying it completely. The joy I have received from giving a child a pair of shoes, a soccer ball or a small packet of sweets is so incredible and the smiles on their faces is something you cannot purchase. One of the strange things that I have seen along the road is the use of the word “integrity”. I have looked up the definition of integrity and relate completely to this - “the qu...

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