Retrenchment and the loss of identity – why being dissed is a doozy

Retrenchment and the loss of identity – why being dissed is a doozy

 

Retrenchment is a strange devil – it’s something so scathingly passive-aggressive, we don’t know how to respond to it.
In a sense, as the Section 189 documents relevant to the South African retrenchment process will tell you – you have lost your position through “no fault of your own”. But any person who has gone through it will know that “no fault of your own” is as vague an HR term as are innovation, agile and core competency in the pretentious sport of jargon-slinging.
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Rest in Peace Advocate Manie Meyer – father, mentor and friend to many

Rest in Peace Advocate Manie Meyer – father, mentor and friend to many

Pappa passed away on 14 May 2016. Known to many as simply Advocate Meyer, he was a friend, father, lover, mentor and protector of many.

I’m struggling to find the words to describe this loss… (more…)

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Judge Jacob Zuma on his ethics, not his language

Judge Jacob Zuma on his ethics, not his language

*another linguistic rant*

Okay, so Zuma is a fool. I have many rants about the man, but I tend to refrain mostly because there really are no words. But there’s a type of commentary on Jacob Zuma which just gets my blood boiling… (more…)

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Building your company’s reputation from the inside

Building your company’s reputation from the inside

I once worked for a company where, on a night of heavy celebration following some or other departmental feat (yes, it involved free flow of alcoholic beverages), I was offered a more senior position by my manager. I’d told him that I wanted to mull it over but accepted the next day. Returning to work that Monday, I was told by my HR manager that unfortunately we’d not followed the correct route and that the job spec had not even been finalised.

A few days later I received the job spec and was told (rather too smugly) I could apply if I qualified for the position. Of course I didn’t qualify – it was early days in my career, and I was still working towards my degree so it goes without saying that I didn’t apply. Though I was somewhat upset at my manager for the slight, my biggest issue was the way the company, and its HR manager, had (mis)managed the situation.

It was a mortifying experience, but I suppose one needs to go through a few mortifying experiences in your career in order to understand the industry and set down ground rules and non-negotiables for your personal career path. (more…)

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Why grammar nazis are the worst kind of haters

Why grammar nazis are the worst kind of haters

I’ve been on many (too many) forums where people try to connect spelling and grammatical abilities to intellect – because, of course, if you cannot spell you are ‘lesser’, ‘dumber’ and (don’t you know it?) downright uneducated.

As a writer I have worked with many (too many) people who assume that I must somehow look down on others who struggle with language and writing. They assume I, too, worship at that pretentious altar of grammar naziism.

I don’t. (more…)

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Shoes, pants, proximity and conversations

Shoes, pants, proximity and conversations

You know it’s gonna be an interesting day when you put your shoes on before your pants. At five o’clock in the morning, rectifying this pants-shoes situation feels a lot more complicated than it really is. It’s an arduous task filled with loads of sighs, but soft sighs, cos you don’t want to wake your family.

Nevertheless, pants and shoes in place, I set off for my morning walk, hoping the world wouldn’t put me on before its pants today… (more…)

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Loving thy neighbours… or not…

Loving thy neighbours… or not…

I don’t like neighbours. Punt. Klaar. Of nie?

​Now-now! Hold your horses – no need to get your grump on. This statement carries no offence and is more of a generalisation about my own character than any one of the people who happen to live in my proximity. I’m sure there’s a chance my neighbours don’t like me either. But both the neighbours and I would be presumptuous in this belief. We would be uttering our discord from a position of ignorance since we can’t say, objectively, that we don’t like each other. After all, we don’t even know each other.

Of course, I am not referring to any neighbour in particular, nor any neighbourhood for that matter. I think my peevedness with neighbours and neighbourhoods are unfortunate side-effects of my rebellious nature. I inherently distrust and loathe any bandwagons or conventional social hierarchies. I test the merits of authority before conceding to it. I dislike compliance with anything that sprouts from an unchecked group psyche… (more…)

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Banking in South Africa – Absa vs FNB vs Capitec vs Nedbank: an existential horror story

Banking in South Africa – Absa vs FNB vs Capitec vs Nedbank: an existential horror story

Ever wondered what it’s like to switch banks in South Africa?

It is hell. It is friggin demonic, psychotic, psychological, physiological, POW and any other kind of torture.

Bring on the popcorn, Michael, because this is a blockbuster reminiscent of Asterix and Obelix’s 12 tasks.

You’d better sit down though, as this one may give you some heartburn.

Warning: contains ranty paragraphs. If it makes you feel any better, it’s been toned down to the ‘facts’ (sort of). This blog will feel long and frustrating, but bear with me. It’s survivable. Without further ado… (more…)

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Rules for online marketing, social media and PR

Rules for online marketing, social media and PR

The world wide web is a scary place to enter as an individual, and even scarier as a brand. Add to that the daunting surge of social media, and you may wonder how you should tackle the task of online marketing and PR.

Where do you start, what should you change and what can you do better to ensure optimal brand representation and customer engagement in the online world?

I’ve highlighted a few pointers below which could help you get from good to great. (more…)

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Writing vs SEO: differences, similarities and hopes for enhanced algorithms

Writing vs SEO: differences, similarities and hopes for enhanced algorithms

If you’re a copywriter used to working on the print, branding or entertainment spheres, chances are you find SEO a bit tricky. If, on the other hand, you are a digital specialist, you may find that editors tend to reject your content compiled or written outside the jurisdiction of uncle Google.

That’s because proper writing and SEO find themselves at opposite ends of the writing spectrum. Their contradictory goals may make it hard to choose which is best – readability or searchability? Language specialists and techies have been bumping heads for a while, and unfortunately the only loser is language. For now.. (more…)

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