Another huge contributor to late coming and absenteeism is the stranglehold the taxi industry has on the workforce. If the taxi drivers decide they will not service a route or run a service which meets the need of retail employees (who work shifts and public holidays and Sundays to meet the needs of the Customer) employees stay away. Women in particular are affected by this.
This was GREAT reading, and a much needed self-love piece. We could unpack on this topic so much more, as there are a number of PR misconceptions. Even more so once you have secured the account.Is it just me, or do PR professionals have an increasing difficult job, due to the fact that we are also often mistaken by client as a PA or the fact that our ROI does not directly turn around sales? We support the marketing mix, which supports sales. Our job is not to sell a product to the publics, rather to tell the consumer why our product is better than the competitor's, regardless of the platform we use to do so (Social Media, Media, Influencer campaigns etc). On another point I also feel that the traditional way of practicing PR has become a little stale and old fashioned. We use numerous platforms of promotion to get the "Word out there", not just the media route. Media houses have become increasingly difficult around brand promotion, often using the term "Advertorial Top Heavy" - This is often in response to the fact that clients rarely budget correctly for advertising spend annually, which would assist PR in looking at amplification opportunities. When this topic comes up, I always ask the question: Who is the most celebrated Fashion Designer in the media worldwide? The answer is Ralph Lauren, why? Because he spends the most on advertising, which makes the journey of PR, marketing and promotion a lot less bumpy. Then again, I suppose we need to also take into consideration, that not all PR people practice good PR, so there is that issue as well, when it comes to pitching to new clients. It feels as if the PR culture in South Africa is rarely understood for the incredible work it can do, if given the right opportunity.
One of the problems is some businesses want their pound of flesh where one person is doing 1.5 - 2 peoples jobs therefore also having to work longer hours. Trade unions also to blame demanding double digit increases so extra staff are not affordable
Crisis communication is about business continuity and about protecting your brand and reputation. Too often corporates want to win public sentiment when there is an outcry about their bad behaviour. But, you seldom "win" in a crisis. All you can really do is neutralise the situation to protect your brand. The easiest defence to any crisis is a commitment to values. Crisis usually happens with companies stray from their values. That's my approach to managing crisis. It comes from many years at Woolworths and extensive research when I started Hewers, a dedicated crisis communication and reputation measurement consultancy.
The tone of this post is inappropriately trite for the medium. This rant would be better posted on a personal blog, where it would be subject to less scrutiny, and the irony of it would be on display to a smaller audience. For example, you advocate for as few words as possible, but you chose to go with “not one, not two, but five.” You could have just said “five,” you know? The cruft you added for emphasis is insipid and underwhelming. “No, no, no, no?” Are you sure you needed that fourth “no?” What were you saying about “simplest, shortest, cleanest?” “The goal, people,” - you keep going on these unnecessary, tepid, comma-encapsulated tangents—we understand that you are addressing “people.” Try to keep your sentences short; nobody needs the digression into “, in case you’re wondering,”. I’m sorry you feel that “obscure” is obscure, but then, how does “proffered” fit in on your pretentiousness scale? Add to that the incomplete sentences, the inconsistent use of different types of apostrophes and quotation marks, and the missing commas and hyphens, and I find my eyelids twitching, while I have subconcious nightmares about stones and houses made of glass.
given that almost all of us breed and dress chickens and pigs in our backyards and the nearest grocery store is...... a once in a life time journey, by walking..... I don't think changes in our diet is the first baby step. but hey! that's just me.
So international regulators fine errant financial services providers in the millions of dollars, SA fines a paltry R400,000.Chalk that up to a small cost of doing business in SA.Fines must be meaningful to make a difference!!