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  • Contractors – are you managing your finances effectively?

    Self-employment brings with it tremendous freedom. No longer are you beholden to an employer who dictates when you can take your holiday, how much you can earn, what your conditions of employment are. Independent contracting is just that...independent. You may be based with one particular employer for a period of time – but when your ... Read more
  • Women steeling themselves

    As we celebrate another Women's Day, we investigate a traditionally male-dominated industry and ask, "Where are the women?" Last year we looked at Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). This year we take a look at women in manufacturing. The manufacturing sector The manufacturing sector accounts for 12% of South Africa’s GDP and employs about 1.6 ... Read more
  • Is contracting right for you?

    They say the grass is always greener on the other side. If you are employed in a job that is not 100% fulfilling, you may look at friends who are consultants or contractors and envy their independence and freedom. Or you may be a contractor missing the security of a regular salary and paid leave. ... Read more
  • Help yourself – how do self-service technologies stack up against human interaction?

    If you have ever checked in for a flight online, booked a ticket to a concert via Computicket, or used an ATM, you have used a self-service technology (SST). You probably didn't know that was its name and you probably didn't give it a second thought.  It is simply how things are done in certain ... Read more
  • Your temporary workforce…are you managing?

    Whether you are an employer considering using contractors for the first time or a seasoned veteran of contingent workforce management, how do you make sure you get the most from your highly skilled temporary professionals? One of the best ways to maximise your investment in this valuable resource is to leave the management of contractors ... Read more
  • The gig economy…

    Become the best you can be in the gig economy. Let us put you in contact with our clients who are already embracing independent professionals. Read more
  • Process, process, process…

    Process, process, process…we at Highveld cannot emphasise enough the importance of following the correct procedures. Our law states that, in order for a dismissal to be fair, the substantive reasons as well as the procedure followed needs to be fair. The biggest mistakes we have noticed are that managers/employees are not always knowledgeable on what the ... Read more
  • At a stretch

    A review of Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don't Agree with or Like or Trust by Adam Kahane Have you ever been part of a collaborative effort where one party (or more) has apparently agreed to a course of action...and then nothing happens? Or the implementation of the action is ... Read more
  • Power to the youth!

    "A nation that does not take care of its youth has no future and does not deserve one" – OR Tambo The government's theme for this year's Youth Day is “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”. Clearly economic empowerment is critical if we are to achieve genuine transformation. We cannot continue to ... Read more
  • Can I ask you a question?

    Anyone who has children knows how tiring the endless questions of a three-year-old can be. You might have promised yourself, in your idealistic pre-children days, that you would never answer a curious "Why?" with "Because I said so!" Yet we've all done it, usually out of sheer exhaustion. This is how youngsters learn. What's more, ... Read more