Author: Sihle Bolani

  Conversations in corporate professional circles are increasingly turning to the mass exodus of young, dynamic talent in the workplace, more so now when younger generations of employees feel less obliged to stay with organisations out of gratitude or a fear of their resumes looking erratic. In order to attract (and keep) young talent whilst…

In 2014, after a spell of unemployment, I got the job of my dreams at a well-known professional services firm. This was the third time I had applied for that job, so I was convinced this was it! But five months later, the relationship between my manager and I had broken down and I was…

Look let’s face it, I knew choosing myself would come at a price. I had the best intentions. Work had pushed me to the peak of depression, almost to the point where I questioned my value within & outside of the organization. In the pursuit of trying to ‘secure’ the bag, keep my sanity in…

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Organisations have, for decades, successfully convinced employees that they their salary packages must be guarded with the utmost secrecy – for their own protection. Are they right? Partially. Keeping your salary a secret protects you from the shock of discovering just how grossly underpaid you are. Operating in countries where inequality gaps are steadily increasing,…

Many of us have the saying that people don’t leave companies, they leave their bosses. The issue of horrible bosses and toxic work environments continues to gain momentum globally as the number of people who speak out about it continues to grow. What we each define as a toxic will undoubtedly vary, but there are…

  South Africa, with a population of over 57 million people, almost 80% of whom are Black, is one of the most unequal societies in the world, to the detriment of Black citizens. The gaps between the rich and poor are increasing rapidly as the cost of living persists in strangling the have-nots, most of…

Diversity and Inclusion have become the buzzwords of “progressive” organisations the world over. More and more companies are proudly speaking about their ground-breaking new policies that have led to more women, more members of the LGBTQI community and more Black people being “visible” in predominantly white, predominantly male and predominantly hetero environments and industries. Sounds…