Getting ready to work


If you are in the market for employment, this page will provide you with expert tips that can help with all things around getting ready for and entering the workplace.

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Employment information (RSA)

Go to this page to find useful information about employment in South Africa.

Get access to free downloadable documents with basic information about employment (e.g. leave, contracts, equal pay).

Soft skills and self-development

Go to this page if you want resources, links and information related to transferable skills that are in high demand for the modern workplace.

The 4th Industrial Revolution

The shift from simple digitisation (3IR) to innovation based on combinations of technologies (4IR) is impacting the modern workplace. Here you can explore interesting articles on the topic. 

PROBATION: Know what your rights and obligations are

Probation is a useful tool, but is has to be managed and administrated properly. The employer should ensure that it does not find itself stuck with an incompetent employee simply because it did not use the available processes properly. On the other hand, probation should not be used by employers to abuse new employees who are eager to please; or see it as a period during which the probationary employee can almost be dismissed ‘at will’ – regardless of whether it is related to performance, misbehaving or simply because the employer does not like the employee.

  • What is the purpose of probation
  • To whom does probation apply
  • Is probation compulsory
  • How long should probation be
  • Is there such a thing as a probationary contract
  • Legal requirements governing probation – assessment and assistance; discussion and counselling
  • Taking a decision – dismissal / extension of probation
  • Risks if the probationary period is not managed properly or timelines are not kept


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