Just the other day, I’ve heard someone say that the definition of a great culture and a happy workplace is people laughing together. I say, that's not it. To define a workplace as happy because there is much joviality is the same as saying your company culture is great because there is a ping-pong table…Read more Is your work turning into a passion-killer?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. Cover letters give you an opportunity to set yourself apart when hunting for jobs. Sadly, only few jump to this occasion. Equally disappointing: Hiring companies and recruiters who only ask for a CV, and nothing else. I’ve been on both sides of the fence. I’ve trawled through countless applications in search…Read more Cover letters: best and worst
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. How do you define your workplace? Is it the desk you plonk down at every morning, or is it standing next to a patient in a hospital bed, or perhaps the booting up of industrial machine? As an employer, is it the space that your employees share, one that can clearly…Read more Striving for workplace transformation beyond lip-service
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. In 1987, the Kosovo conflict set off the disintegration of Yugoslavia. The former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia consisted of six republics whose borders were drawn along ethnic and historical lines after the Second World War: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia and Serbia. Serbia was further split into two…Read more Is it smart to prevent conflict?
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. I hope this article doesn’t flutter onto your screen in the middle of your writing or updating your CV, as that will trigger the immediate question of whether you should even bother. Recruiters, hiring managers and human resource professionals still require a CV when you apply to a vacancy. But that…Read more Why CVs (resumes) will soon be a thing of the past
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. A-typical work relationships that are entered into are usually all sunshine - until expectations are not met, contracts are ended and the parties involved face a legal dispute. It is standard practice to either have an employee contract or an independent contractor's contract that sets out the terms and conditions of the…Read more Freelancers – independent or employed? Piercing the corporate veil
What makes a workplace "new"? Labourflaws' infographic showing some of the core changes in how we design organisations, collaborate and grow together.
Workplace cross-collaboration tips and advice that are out of the box.
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. One of the new workplace trends is the move away from a focus on skills-set only, and to move towards a mix between fundamental competencies and behaviour (attitude and personal values) when recruiting for new talent. That probably explains a global increase in L&D (learning and development) jobs and a heavier investment…Read more Going T-shaped: The power of combining disciplines
By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. In line with the idea of “the new workplace”, core competencies such as the ability to show and apply empathy are more regularly requested of job applicants as well as employees. Human capital trends show an increasing demand for emotional intelligence, integer social behaviour and empathy at the workplace. One may…Read more Artificially induced empathy – if it helps, why not!