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Extension Granted on Selected SETA Registrations
We have exciting news to share with you, our valued clients. An extension has been granted on selected SETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) registrations. This means it's business as usual for our accredited training courses at Staff Training!
Published on 11th of Jul 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Bullying in the Workplace: Addressing a Silent Epidemic
Bullying isn't just a schoolyard problem that fades with age; the unfortunate reality is that it can extend into the workplace. It's a serious issue that can deeply impact employees' mental health, productivity, and overall job satisfaction.
Published on 5th of Jul 2024 by Staff Writer [ read more ]

How do I Know When to Train My Staff?
Training and development are critical components of a successful business strategy. Ensuring that your staff is continually growing and adapting to new challenges can lead to higher productivity, improved morale, and a stronger competitive edge.
Published on 28th of Jun 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Mastering Feedback: How to Unlock Potential and Team Productivity
In the fast-paced corporate world, the ability to provide and receive feedback effectively can make or break a team's success.
Published on 21st of Jun 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

How Can You Find Joy in Your Work Life?
In today's fast-paced and often stressful world, finding joy in your work life can seem like an elusive goal. However, it is not only possible but also essential for your overall well-being and productivity.
Published on 14th of Jun 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

From Cookies to Collaboration: Sweet Lessons for the Workplace
At Staff Training, we believe that learning can come from the most unexpected places. Today, we’re drawing parallels between baking chocolate chip cookies and creating a successful and harmonious workplace. It may seem whimsical, but the process of making these delightful treats can teach us valuable lessons about teamwork, precision, and adaptability.
Published on 7th of Jun 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Unlocking Sales Success
In the dynamic world of sales, adapting and refining your approach is crucial for sustained success.
Published on 31st of May 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

What I Wish I Knew as a Young Adult Starting Her Own Business
I think one of the most inspiring words I ever read was, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life".
Published on 24th of May 2024 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

3 Ways to Improve Your Communication Skills
Effective communication is the cornerstone of success in virtually every aspect of life. Whether you're navigating personal relationships, collaborating in the workplace, or engaging with the world at large, the ability to convey your thoughts and ideas clearly is invaluable. Fortunately, communication skills are learned abilities that can be honed and refined over time.
Published on 10th of May 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

4 Tips to Help You Beat Your Midday Slump
Let's face it - It can sometimes feel like we are running a non-stop marathon. With deadlines looming, meetings piling up, and emails flooding in, it's no wonder we often hit a wall by midday. But fear not! Re-energizing and conquering that midday slump is totally doable.
Published on 3rd of May 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Elevating Your Business with Exceptional Customer Service
Welcome to the corner of the internet where we're all about helping you unlock the full potential of your business. Today, we're diving into the heart of what sets businesses apart: customer service.
Published on 26th of Apr 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

The Reflection Corner: A Personal Take on Finding Balance
This concept has always been a bit strange to me as how does one find balance? There are so many variables that the first thing I always want to do is define the concept.
Published on 18th of Apr 2024 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

Fostering Teamwork: Why Organisations Should Invest in Inhouse Training
In the dynamic landscape of modern business, success is more often determined by the collective strength of teams, not just by individual brilliance. In this blog, we'll explore the vital importance of teamwork in organisational success and why investing in our inhouse training option can be a game-changer for your team development efforts.
Published on 12th of Apr 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

A Mindful Moment: Navigating Mental Health in the Workplace
Are you feeling like you're barely keeping your head above water amidst the deadlines, meetings, and never-ending emails? Well, you're not alone. Let's talk about mental health in the workplace - a topic that's as important as your morning coffee fix, trust me.
Published on 5th of Apr 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

A Moment of Reflection: Our Least Favourite Work Tasks
The lessons we learn from our least favourite work tasks must undoubtedly include the words "procrastination" and "habit".
Published on 22nd of Mar 2024 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

Work-From-Home: Tips for Productivity and Balance
In recent years, the concept of remote work has gained significant traction, with more professionals opting to work from the comfort of their homes. While the flexibility and convenience of remote work are undeniable, it also comes with its own set of challenges.
Published on 15th of Mar 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Finding Harmony: Tips for Achieving Work-Life Balance
In today's hyper-connected world, achieving work-life balance can feel like an elusive goal. Juggling career demands with personal responsibilities often leaves us feeling stretched thin and stressed out.
Published on 8th of Mar 2024 by Staff Writer [ read more ]

Lessons Learned from a Slippery Staircase
I fell down the stairs the other day. It was raining, the stairs were slippery and I fell- really hard. And now I have a bruise the size of Ballito on my butt.
Published on 1st of Mar 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Talk the Talk: Effective Workplace Communication
Let's talk about communication in the workplace. The glue that holds everything together... In this blog, we're going to dive into why communication matters, what happens when it goes wrong, and why it's a game-changer for teams.
Published on 23rd of Feb 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Navigating Conflict in the Workplace
Conflict, inherently, isn't negative. It's our response to conflict that determines whether it leads to positive or negative outcomes.
Published on 9th of Feb 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

A Mindful Moment: Embracing Your Worth and Overcoming Self-Doubt
It's no secret that the journey to success is often paved with challenges, but there's one hurdle that many of us stumble upon - imposter syndrome... It's real, and it sucks. But, you're not alone! Let's dive into the world of imposter syndrome, unpack its origins, and explore some strategies to kick it to the curb.
Published on 2nd of Feb 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Mastering Assertive Communication: The Key to Workplace Success
In the fast-paced world of business, effective communication is the cornerstone of success. While we often hear about the importance of being a good communicator, the concept of assertive communication deserves a spotlight of its own.
Published on 26th of Jan 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Stress and Time Management: Are you Surviving or Thriving?
Time to spill the tea on a topic that hits close to home for many of us - stress and time management in the workplace.
Published on 19th of Jan 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

2024: Time to Hit New Heights, Together!
Let's talk business - specifically, why it's crucial to amp up those skills within your organisations this year. Buckle up and let's chat about the what, why, and how of leveling up in 2024.
Published on 12th of Jan 2024 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Leading into 2024: Insights from Equine-Based Team Building
One of the challenges we face as we start closing off the year is to ensure that we have reached the goals and targets we have set ourselves, and to set new ones for the upcoming year.
Published on 7th of Dec 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

Navigating End-of-Year Madness
Can you believe it's almost the end of the year? It's like we blinked, and suddenly we're knee-deep in holiday decorations and a to-do list that's longer than I imagine Santa's would at this time of year.
Published on 24th of Nov 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

The Power of Soft Skills and The Crucial Role of Skills Development
In the ever-evolving landscape of the business world, it is important to acknowledge that success is not solely determined by your technical ability. While hard skills are undoubtedly essential, we need to shine a spotlight on the significance of soft skills and the continuous journey of skills development.
Published on 16th of Nov 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Emotional Intelligence: It Makes All The Difference
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognize, understand and manage one's own emotions as well as those of others. It involves a set of skills that go beyond technical expertise, encompassing self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skills.
Published on 10th of Nov 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Unpredictable Management Styles
South Africans are still basking in the afterglow of an amazing RWC win. If you, like us, have a great interest in the successes of great leaders and managers, you too will be trying to make sense of exactly what it is that the Springbok leadership team have done, to bring us to this kind of success.
Published on 3rd of Nov 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

Help! I Am Stressed...
The countdown to the end of 2023 has begun, and it is only natural for many of us to feel overwhelmed and stressed.
Published on 27th of Oct 2023 by Staff Writer [ read more ]

The Cool Thing About Complaints
The number one goal is always to keep customers and/or clients happy, but when complaints do come it is important to remember that there is a silver lining...
Published on 13th of Oct 2023 by Staff Writer [ read more ]

Change Unmanaged: South Africans and that Jersey
Being September 2023, the Rugby World Cup is big news. Sporting fans from around the world are excited and making plans to watch their favourite teams play. That team for me? Definitely the Springboks! But there has been a recent change to our beloved team in green and gold... A change that was not well managed, to say the least.
Published on 18th of Sep 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

A Mindful Moment: Stop and Smell the Roses
Spring is here, but that doesn't mean that everyone is taking a moment to stop and smell the roses. Some might be worrying about the future, others might still be stressed about past mistakes and some of us might just be burying our heads in everything we still have to check off our to-do list...
Published on 15th of Sep 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Lekka Leadership: Rassie Erasmus
Everything I read and observe about this man makes me admire his leadership skills more. Authentic and purpose driven, brave, not afraid of risk taking, analytical, visionary and humble. I don’t know him, I wish I did and that leaders with similar styles would be available as mentors to everybody out there.
Published on 8th of Sep 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

6 Habits for Better Productivity and Stress Management
When it comes to productivity, knowing how to spend our time effectively and wisely should be one of our top priorities! So what strategies and habits can we implement that supports our productivity and helps us manage our stress at the same time?
Published on 6th of Sep 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Looking Back and Moving Forward
Don't be afraid to look back, sometimes it is necessary to learn from the past, or take a moment to see how far we've come. It can serve as a good reminder of what you are capable of...
Published on 31st of Aug 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Your September Training Plan
We've seen first hand the positive impact regular training has on individuals, teams and organisations as a whole. It all comes down to...
Published on 25th of Aug 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

A Story About Strength
Every year in August we celebrate women's day. In South Africa Women's Day marks the anniversary of the great women's march of 1956, where women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against the carrying of pass books.
Published on 18th of Aug 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

A Mindful Matter: The Voice Inside Your Head is Lying
You know that little voice inside your head that is telling you that you're not good enough or that you don't deserve good things? News Flash: It is a liar!
Published on 11th of Aug 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Poor Communication Leads to Low Productivity
Effective communication is key to our success in the workplace. We have written many blogs on this topic and the benefits of having good communication skills in place, but now let’s look at the opposite side of the coin...
Published on 28th of Jul 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Are You a Good Manager?
If you are in a leadership or management position, today's burning question calls for a bit of introspection... Would you work for you?
Published on 21st of Jul 2023 by Staff Writer [ read more ]

Value Beyond Compliance
This concept of value is one that we often speak about in the training and education industry.
Published on 14th of Jul 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

Brand Development: Why Customer Care and Receptionist Training Matters
Brand development is a huge part of business, no matter what industry you're in. But are you, without realising, glossing over an important factor of your company's brand development?
Published on 7th of Jul 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

Resilience Requires Bravery
In the dictionary, resilience can be defined as the capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. The second definition describes it as the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. Now, I want you to picture a sponge...
Published on 23rd of Jun 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

2 Things to Remember for Your Next Presentation.
"The success of your presentation will be judged not by the knowledge you send but by what the listener receives." ~ Lilly Walters
Published on 9th of Jun 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

A Feel Good Story: Great Service Starts with a Good Receptionist!
This past week, Wednesday the 31st of May to be exact, I was on the receiving end of a great reception and service.
Published on 2nd of Jun 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

Lessons Are Where You Find Them
As is Feedback. When I was asked to write this blog on the art of giving feedback, I had no idea how to make it easier and lighter and more fun than the ordinary business-related posts. Then I took a second... And in that second, I accidentally made eye contact with my trusted 4-legged office partner and trusty hound.
Published on 19th of May 2023 by Debbie Engelbrecht [ read more ]

A Mindful Matter: Stop Doubting Yourself
Are you allowing your self-doubt and limiting beliefs to hold you back? I get it, truth is it's something most, if not all of us, have had to face at some point in our lives.
Published on 12th of May 2023 by Shona Beukes [ read more ]

May The Force Be With You
Yes, we used a Star Wars reference to get your attention. But it was also a clever play on words because it's the month of May and we have something to say...
Published on 5th of May 2023 by Shona Potgieter [ read more ]

Why Effective Communication Matters in the Workplace
In the workplace, communication can quite literally make or break a team. They say the biggest problem when it comes to communication is the illusion that it has taken place. We might think we are communicating effectively, but in reality, it could be a completely different story.
Published on 21st of Apr 2023 by Staff Writer [ read more ]

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