Healthy Office habits Series – Part 4

1. Avoid the “Afternoon Slump” Sugar-laden junk foods, and loading with carbs can result in awful energy crashes in the mid-afternoon. A healthier snack will avoid the dreaded slump. Fruit and nuts are a great option for this. 2. Improves Cognitive Function An article from Web MD has reported that foods rich in antioxidants, proteins, and B vitamins provide excellent support for concentration, memory, and cognition. 3. Keep calm, focused and optimistic. Foods rich in folic acid, vitamin C, magnesium, and B-12 can have a positive impact on a person’s mood. A selection of fruits and veggies...
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Healthy Office habits Series – Part 3

Posture If you work in an office and use a computer, you can avoid injury by sitting in the right position and arranging your desk correctly. Support your back Avoid back pain by adjusting your chair so that your lower back is properly supported. A correctly adjusted chair will reduce the strain on your back. Get one that is easily adjustable, so that you can change the height, back position and tilt. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips. Use a footrest, if necessary. Adjust your chair Adjust your chair height so that you can use the keyboard with your wrists and forearms st...
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Healthy Office habits Series – Part 2

Keep Moving Sitting all day, can lead to back problems and various other aches and pain. By moving around for only 2 minutes every hour, you can prevent injuries, feel better and also bring some play into your work.There are many ways to move around during your work day. You could go for a walk around the office, see how many flights of stairs you can climb or get some fresh air outside. Your body will thank you for getting away from your desk and keeping your legs moving.Here are some ideas on how to keep moving without it impacting on your work load. Stretch Take at least 5 m...
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Healthy Office habits Series – Part 1

Mess Equals Stress 1. Focus and productivity Starting the new year with a tidy work space, is a great start to reaching goals that you have set for yourself. Working around clutter can have a very negative impact on your productivity. A clutter free desk makes it easier to focus on your daily goals and long term goals. This applies to your computer to, your desktop, unread emails and old files. 2. Time management Constantly looking for needed items can take up a lot of time and leave you feeling demotivated. A neat, organized atmosphere will save time and keep you focu...
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WHEN MAY A CREDIT CHECK BE DONE

Please note the legislation surrounding credit records and the circumstances under which these may or may not be done in order to protect both you and I from being at risk of contravening the National Credit Act APSO STAFFING WEEKLY : Volume 52: 19 August 2015 Top Tip for Recruitment Professionals: Credit Records and Associated Risks As Recruitment Professionals service delivery to our clients are always very high on the list. We tend to forget about everything else but keeping the client happy, and sometimes unintentionally we may even put our own company as well as the client at risk....
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Having a job is like being married?

So I have started reading this book on how to save your relationship specifically aimed at marriage relationships. But here’s the thing; have you ever thought about this – having a job is like being married? Have you ever thought about the fact that you are probably more inclined to do something your boss asks you to do than your spouse, right? Why is that I wonder. I have come to the conclusion that it is because if you say no to your boss you will find yourself being disciplined for insubordination or some similar transgression.  Or perhaps it is because your boss pays your salary? Whatever ...
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From the desk of Venessa ………………

DO YOU HATE WHAT YOU ARE DOING? HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND SET. We all know that the economy is on its head and companies are shedding jobs hand over fist – so how do we overcome our own misery in the face of all of this? Let’s do an analysis on why we hate what we are doing, if we hate what we are doing, by looking for the value in it, rather than just being “grateful” (as we are told to be) that we have a job. Ask yourself the following: Why do I work and what is the benefit/reward? Why do I do what I do and am I able to do something else to earn what I earn? What kind of fulfi...
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Affordability Assessment

Our last look at “From Debt to Riches” by Phumelele Ndumo Before granting a garnishee order, court officials are supposed to establish that the debtor will still have enough money to live on after the garnishee order. However, many officials do not conduct this affordability assessment; employees end up applying for staff loans or micro loans and putting themselves into further debt, because the affordability assessment was not done. So if your employee will end up taking home less money than he or she can live on because of the garnishee order. then the employer should advice the employ...
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Proof of notifying the debtor

Continuing from “From Debt to Riches” by Phumelele Ndumo Some tracing agents who are supposed to obtain the debtor's signature on the Section 58 forms agreeing to the judgement simply forge the debtor's signature. When a debt is prescribed, the only way to obtain a garnishee order against a debtor is if the debtor signs a Section 58 form, consenting to a garnishee order or judgement. Human resource managers should therefore ask for a copy of the Section 58 forms and compare the signatures on the form with their employee's signature before making the deduction.
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Hidden fees in Garnishee orders

Taken from “From Debt to Riches” by Phumelele Ndumo Credit providers often pay debt collectors and lawyers contingency fees  or commission, which can be up to 25% of the debt outstanding , for helping them to recover their money. These fees shout NOT be added to the debt amount but hey often are and the debtor ends up paying the commission. Human resource managers should not honour a garnishee order where collection fees have been added to the debt amount. The debtor has a right to ask for a full statement to see how the amount was arrived at.
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