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How to combat stress in the workplace


How to combat stress in the workplace

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Flats for Sale

UVONGO: House sleeps 8, available over holidays, self-catering, 2 min. to sea and central market. R800 per day. Phone 033 267 7263. or 082 874 9676. ZEBRA HILLS GAME RESERVE Zebra Hills Game Reserve situated in Northern KZN is offering affordable luxury airconditioned accommodation. Selfcatering or fully catered. The Reserve boasts Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Giraffe as well as all the various antilope. We are only a 30mins drive from Hluhluwe/ Umfolozi Game Reserve and 15mins from Mkuze Game Reserve. Tel: 035 595 8125 or email us at to make a booking.Ë

MAXI HOMES 033 342 7143 PRESTBURY: R399 000. MUST GO. Neat modern 2 bedromed flat, openplan kitchen, lounge/ dining room, carport next to flat, in very secure small well run complex, remote control access, low levy. Call Colin 082 083 4345. NEDBANK PLAZA: 1 bedroom, lounge, fitted kitchen, en suite, fur nished, with rental income of R3200pm, R500 000. 084 474 2647.



How to combat stress in the workplace
TREND: If stress is affecting your work negatively, it’s time to make some changes
JEANNE HUGO THE clock is ticking. Your work is piling up. Just when you think that your day could not get any worse, your boss assigns you new tasks. You have trouble breathing, your heart is racing and the only coherent thought in your head is: “I’ll never be able to finish everything in time.” Sound familiar? Most people will experience stress in one form or another during their careers. We live in an extremely fast-paced economy and stress is part of our daily lives. However, should you notice that it is starting to affect negatively your work and personal life, it’s time to make some changes. Here are some quick tips for immediate stress relief during the workday, for those moments when you feel that you will explode at the smallest provocation: • Take a minute to do some breathing exercises. This will give your overworked brain a break, and the fresh supply of oxygen will go a long way to clear your head and to give you new energy. It will also help you relax. • Take a break. Don’t autofee and sugary drinks will only worsen your already fragile state. Instead, get yourself a drink of water or head outside for a walk. • Talk to someone, be it a friend, family member or colleague. Voicing your frustrations or fears give you a chance to put them in perspective. • Take care to be aware of what you are thinking. Put a stop to negative thoughts such as: “I will be here all night” or “we will never make the deadline”. These become self-fulfilling prophesies which hinder your productivity. Instead, focus your mind on a positive mantra to keep you going and motivated. It may also help to focus on something positive which you are looking forward to. • When you feel overwhelmed, try to step back and assess the situation rationally. Take a look at all your tasks and list them in order of priority. Assign each task an expected, realistic time of completion. Now get cracking with the most important job and take it one step at a time. • Granted, such an assess-


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COPESVILLE: Single 3 bedroom house. Large flat land for ext, flat spacious driveway. R450 000 neg. Tel: 078 400 9842 or 073 794 1342. DAARJEELING Heights: Brand new 3 b/room, main b/room bic, lounge, dining room, kitchen bic, lug, tarred driveway R635 000. Tel: 079 350 0451 FOR cheap houses in good areas. Telephone Khanyi 082 610 1202 HOUSE IN HILTON 4 Bedrooms all en suite, Granny flat, pool, lock-up, garage. Stunning views, R1 999 000. Call 033 383 0362. LINCOLN Meade: 3 b/rooms, 3 en-suites, spacious lounge, dining room, T.V. room, f/f kitchen, garage, o/side room, with en-suite, pool. R720 000 neg. Tel. 079 029 3916. LOVELY Hilton home. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fitted kitchen, lounge, d/r, d/garage and pool. Lovely garden. R1 150 000. Phone 082 444 0015. NEWHOLMES. 4 Bedroom home, bic’s, T.V. roo, lounge, dining room, fitted kitchen, l/u garage, laundry, pallisade fencing. Urgent Sale R650 000. Pvt Sale. 082 322 7275.


If you’re stressed out at work, take a break to do some breathing exercises. matically head for the coffee machine — at this point, cof-

BALHAMBRA WAY: 1 room, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and toilet R1 800 incl L/W. Tel: 0 7 1 3 0 0 7 2 1 3 / 033 387 1674. D A A R J E E L I N G HEIGHTS: 1 room, kitchen, lounge. R2 000 pm incl L/W. Immediate occupation. 084 548 6401. PRESTBURY: Safe and secure 1 bedroom, kitchen, lounge, R1 950 incl. Tel: 033 342 3180. SECURE with parking, bed en suite, lounge, o/plan kitchen, R1750pm exc. W&L. Deposit advance and ref. required. Occ. 1/01/09. 084 761 1505.

ment may reveal that you are, indeed, out of your depth with regards to your workload. If that is the case, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you ask a colleague or inform your boss that your workload is getting the better of you, the key is to know that it is better to ask for help than to suffer in silence. • Give yourself space within which to work. Shut down your e-mail, unplug your phone and try to clear your desk. Create a productive workspace and eliminate any distractions. —


General Employment

AN expanding, leading Construction Information, Company is looking for a IT Administrator to star t Januar y 2009. The successful applicant will be required to provide customer relations assistance, have MCSE and internet experience. Please send applications by email to staff@L2B. with the subject line stating the position of IT Administrator. CODE 14 DRIVER required with a PDP and traceable references. Must have own transport to work. Fax CV to 031 785 1737 or call 083 270 1548 (business hours only). CODE 14/EC DRIVER WANTED Fax CV. Tel: 033 386 9353, fax 033 386 9370. CODE 14/EC DRIVERS WANTED Minimum 2yrs experience with PDP. Single accommodation offered. Underberg. Tel: 033 701 1645, 079 516 5151, fax 086 605 3778. Ë DEBTORS AND CREDITORS CLERK REQUIRED Pastel experience mornings only. 3 times a week. Start immediately. Fax CVs to 033 394 7914. Ë DSTV TECHNICIAN required, driver’s licence. Tel: 033 342 0006. FMCG AGENTS REQUIRED Dynamic producer of a high quality extensive snack range seeks successful experienced sales and marketing partners to penetrate the total Natal region. We offer pro-active marketing backup to assist our mutual success. To start imm. Fax CV to 033 212 2803.

The Natal Witness Printing & Publishing Company (Pty) Ltd has a vacancy for a Senior Sub-Editor. The successful applicant will have a sound grasp of English grammar and usage, an interest in the news and current affairs, wide general knowledge, and ability to work quickly and accurately towards a deadline. A relevant degree or diploma is required and applicants must also be computer literate. Applicants must have experience as a news sub editor, including copy editing and layout experience at a senior level. The incumbent will assist with editing of the Company’s various publications including checking, correcting and polishing stories submitted by reporters. In return the company offers a competitive remuneration and usual benefits associated with a large organisation. A letter of motivation (clearly marked Senior Sub-Editor) and a comprehensive CV (of not more than four pages) must be sent to: The Human Resources Director PO Box 362, Pietermaritzburg 3200 or delivered to: 45 Willowton Road, Pietermaritzburg Fax: 086 683 0582 or email: Applications close December 2008. on Thursday, 18

Must have 3 years’ experience, with a mechanical background and traceable references. Fax 1 page CV to 033 346 2531

General Employment

NPO requires the service of a collector of donations. Applicants must have their own reliable, fuelefficient vehicle. This position is a remunerated, permanent position that will suit an applicant who is: 1. Based in Pietermaritzburg. 2. Willing to travel to Durban on a daily basis. 3. English-speaking. Fax CVs to 086 541 7061


Rooms to Let

A well established company in the Cato Ridge area is in need of a

2 rooms with 2 bathrooms L/W incl. R1 500pm and R800pm. Near Scottsville University. 072 5555 092 BOMBAY HEIGHTS: 1 room and kitchen R1 000 incl L/W. Tel: 0 3 3 3 9 1 5 7 4 3 / 073 691 0882. BURGER St. 2 rooms in lovely house. R1 986 or R1685 per month incl. 033 386 0795 / 084 517 7423 NEAR Varsity. Mature female R1 600pm. No parking. 082 411 9119 NORTHDALE- 2 Rooms and kitchen R2 100 inclusive Tel 033 387 7012

with at least 10 years’ expereince and traceable references. Salary negotiable. Call Camilla on 082 444 8896

RE/MAX MIDLANDS 196 CHAPEL STREET PMB TEL 033 345 8256. BELLEVUE: R680 000 3 bedroom home. CLARENDON: R1 280 000 4 bedroom, flatlet. Pat 083 384 9685.



Land for Sale


Wanted to Rent

RETIRED lady seeks granny cottage or similar asap. Tel: 072 147 6088.

DARGLE Land opposite the Lions River Polo Fields, 20ha. On the Umgeni River, Beautiful Views R1 550 000. Call 033 383 0362 . Land for sale, unit Imbali, +-600m2 R85 000 Contact:082 437 7197.

The Company reserves the right not to fill this position. Applicants who have not heard from the Company within a month should please consider their applications unsuccessful. Certified copies of certificates will be required at interviews. The Company is committed to the transformation of the organisation to reflect and serve, as closely as possible, the demographic profile of our community.

A large Pietermaritzburg-based Company currently has a vacancy for a Mechanical Engineer. Candidates must be in possession of the following: * Mechanical Engineering Degree * At least 5 years’ post graduate experience, preferably in a Heavy Industrial Environment (Milling industry an advantage) * Be in possession of a Government Certificate of Competency * Experience in John Thompson Boilers and/or refrigeration advantages Reporting to the Operations Director the successful candidate will be required to: * Fulfil the function of a GMR 2 appointee and ensure full compliance to all health, safety and environment regulations. * Manage, control and provide technical back-up to the Engineering and Maintenance Department. * Manage and implement projects as and when required. * Where possible, make recommendations in improving/ optimizing the performance of plant and machinery. * Assist with fault finding and root cause analysis. * Assist with shutdown and maintenance planning scheduling. * Review processes and identify ways of optimizing energy utilization. A competitive package including benefits associated with a large Company will be offered to the right candidate. Please forward CVs (excluding certificates) to: THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT P.O. BOX 384 PIETERMARITZBURG 3200 Closing date for applications: 24 December 2008


Flats for Sale


CENTRAL: (P.M.B.). 2 Bedrooms, enclosed balconly, bic’s, fully fitted kitchen. Price neg. Call 0 7 6 1 4 6 6 0 6 4 / 072 353 4311. CENTRAL: Spacious 3 beds, fitted kitchen. L/U/G Remote acc. Low levy. 083 786 6586.


General Employment

ADMIN CLERK REQUIRED must be computer literate, sales experience an advantage. Call Naretha at Jus Loos. Tel: 033 390 1567. Ë

have a vacancy for a Qualified Journeyman to commence duties in January 2009. Tel: 033 342 8213 b/h, Fax: 033 394 3452

will be publishing a special

on 30/12/2008.

To advertise in this special supplement, please call Kay Govender on 033 355 1258, Fax: 033 355 1177, E-mail:

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