Author: Sihle Bolani

Growing up, I didn’t see many people who looked like me being corporate ladder climbers, business leaders, business owners and on the covers of magazines being celebrated for their success, acumen, grit and wisdom. I saw white men. Everywhere. And occasionally, white women. Unconsciously, it began to frame what I believed was possible for me,…

Living in a country that has a longstanding history of creating endless barriers to control how, when and where Black professionals have access to good work opportunities has resulted in many people being conflicted by the need to feel “grateful” for having a job even when they are in toxic, abusive work environments. The notion…

  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…