8 tips for better cross-collaboration I bet you haven’t implemented yet

Workplace cross-collaboration tips and advice that are out of the box.

More peacemakers, fewer pacemakers: how to kill bullying at school and work

By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. 20 January, 2017 – Childline KZN South Africa reports an increase of bullying at schools, with their operations manager Adeshini Naicker calling for stricter penalties against bullies. Are penalties really the best way to change a societal behaviour? How do we change a bully’s behaviour? How do we do it in…Read more More peacemakers, fewer pacemakers: how to kill bullying at school and work

Mothers are not the only ones who can raise children: let’s share parental leave

By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. If you are expecting a baby, or if you are adopting one, you will be able to stay at home for an entire year, most likely on full pay, and raise your child. That is, if you live and work in Croatia. You don't even have to be the mom - as a…Read more Mothers are not the only ones who can raise children: let’s share parental leave

Going T-shaped: The power of combining disciplines

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

Artificially induced empathy – if it helps, why not!

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!

Single working parents: double the burden, half the benefits

  By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. As a working parent in South Africa, you are entitled to 3 days of paid family responsibility leave (depending). If you are a single parent, you pray your child will never get the Measles. If you are a single mother, it may be even worse due to the fact that…Read more Single working parents: double the burden, half the benefits

Reduce conflict through processes: start, end, repeat, improve, share

By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. She has been sitting in the shade of the papaya tree for almost an hour when I walked up to her. I sat down, and in typical New Guinean fashion, we didn't start speaking immediately, but first felt each other's presence. We greeted each other, and I asked what she was…Read more Reduce conflict through processes: start, end, repeat, improve, share

Why we need to create an enabled workplace

By Barbara du Preez-Ulmi. Only 2% of us who are blind can read braille. There are 285 Million of us who are visually impaired - that is of 4% of the 2014 world population. So, while making your workplace documentations available in braille, does not mean you have created a disability-friendly environment. This for two…Read more Why we need to create an enabled workplace

How to rule a workplace through values

A workplace governed by rules only creates more conflict, disputes and fear. Values however instill growth, participation and a sense of community. A company handbook that explains the core values is one way to cement a value-driven workplace.

Prevent (and resolve) conflict with rocks

Create clear goals and KPIs that are visible to everyone in order to decrease potential conflict, and increase growth and collaboration by creating a purpose.