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After-hours e-mails raise legal questions

Several lawsuits in US have alleged that companies expect employees to work unpaid, after-hours via smartphones, changes to labour laws may open door to more claims

Curse of the clever consultant

Author Duff McDonald says consultants have not behaved better than mercenaries, collecting huge fees for work of dubious worth. They have the chance to whisper into ears of power, and to exercise influence while being insulated from responsibility. Picture: SUPPLIED

We are yet to get a thorough and definitive analysis of how consulting firms have destroyed or created value in business, be it in the private or public sector, writes Epstein Vuyo Njokweni

Six ways to be a more empathic manager

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Regardless of the source of your employee’s tears, it’s important to try to understand what happened in a caring and sensitive fashion

Four ways to break the ice with strangers

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Mingling with strangers can be difficult, but there are ways introverts can strike a balance between meeting new people and not having to initiate conversations

Bosses with a softer touch will get more out of their teams

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When it comes to managing others new evidence is emerging that softer, more flexible and approachable management styles are more effective, writes Jenny Boxall

Opinion

ON WORK: If we have to be stalked by apps they should at least be clever

Is this a joke? I have never knowingly used (an emoticon) and knock points off the IQ of those who do


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