Annemie Burger

Annemie studied B.Com Law and did her Honours in Employee Relations at the University of Johannesburg and fell in love with Human Resources, training and development. She has been part of the Penquin family for the last 9 years and am still growing, learning and loving it. She runs the day-to-day operational functions of the HR department and provides practical, consistent, and proactive support, direction and advice to all divisions and managers on HR procedures, policies, best practices, employment rewards, and labour legislation to facilitate in achieving the objectives and targets of the organisation’s overall business objectives.
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Why you need to turn off your email every weekend [LONG FORM]

Posted by Annemie Burger on February 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Working 24/7 is all too easy when work emails and company Whatsapp groups bleed over into your personal ‘off’ time, but never giving yourself a break leads to burnout, frustration and in the long term, both inefficiency and unhappiness.

 

Work emails in particular are difficult to switch off from because quick responses and replies out of office hours are seen as signs of productivity and dedication to your clients. At least they do... superficially. “After a generation’s experience with email, a decade’s experience with smartphones, we are discovering that these technologies do not automatically make us more productive or give us more time with our kids,” writes Andrew Anthony in The Guardian, “Rather, they have tended to grind work down to a fine powder that spreads out right through our day.”

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Does working by the hour make you more productive?

Posted by Annemie Burger on January 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

It’s not uncommon in this day and age for people in various industries to work as hourly workers, and marketers log their time by the hour. Many businesses secure the hourly services of skilled workers or freelancers to complete certain tasks within a deadline, and they get paid hourly to do so.

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How to be more productive

Posted by Annemie Burger on December 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

After reading thousands of articles on how to be more productive, we’ve discovered there are only a few ways to achieve this elusive goal in today’s day and age. Productivity is not only about achieving more in less time, but also using the available tools, techniques and tips to improve your overall results.

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Does working from home make you more or less productive ?

Posted by Annemie Burger on November 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

In a recent article, Kenny Hemphill of MentalFloss.com questioned whether working from home actually makes you more productive or creates more distraction.

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What kind of clutterer are you?

Posted by Annemie Burger on October 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM

If your desk looks like a tornado went through the office, your cupboards are overflowing with disorganised notes and you’re constantly struggling to find what you want, you’re probably a clutterer.

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How to achieve that elusive Inbox Zero

Posted by Annemie Burger on October 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Making Email Your Productivity Super-Sidekick in 5 Steps

A lack of productivity in the workplace is usually blamed on email overload, and the inability to get anything done because of the sheer volume of digital love-letters we receive from clients, suppliers, marketers, and admin services.

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The podcasts that will make you a better marketer

Posted by Annemie Burger on September 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Podcasts (short audio files) are a great way to stay up to date with industry news, trends and the marketing sphere, since they are so easy to consume. According to Entrepreneurs-Journey, a blog focusing on different types of entrepreneurs, “the word “podcasting” is a portmanteau combining the words “broadcasting” and “iPod.” But, despite the name, you do not need an iPod to listen to it as you can use your MP3 player or smart device. Subscribing to a podcast is an easy way to maximise time on your commute and get industry insights from marketing experts.

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