Penny is an independent HR Practitioner with over 30 years of human resources management experience both globally and locally. She has completed an M Phil through the University of Johannesburg (UJ), researching the management of mentoring schemes and then obtained a Ph D through the University of Johannesburg in HR Management. She is a Master HR Practitioner with the SABPP.

People Development in hard times

What to do when budgets are cut? What to do when key people are still leaving because of the skills shortage? In-house coaching and mentoring programmes are one of the most cost-effective development processes available – because in setting up such schemes, you develop two people at once – the coach or mentor and the…

In-house mentoring and coaching programmes

The demand for mentoring and coaching programmes is on the increase in South Africa, driven by the skills development and B-BEE imperatives. Professional associations and SETA’s have specified mentorship as an important element of professional training, internships and learnerships. Business development agencies such as SEDA and the Youth Development Fund are running small business mentoring…

Human Capital Management implications of the work-life balance dilemma

Research studies are showing conflicting information about the importance on taking work-life balance into account when designing human capital management strategies. On the one hand, according to Accenture in Best Employers South Africa 2007, “diverse gender, generational and cultural requirements mean companies also require flexible working conditions – work-life balance is pivotal”.  In the UK,…

Why volunteer as a mentor?

You can help someone change their life! We are all busy, and usually feeling over-loaded. Commitments at work and at home threaten to drown us – there’s never enough time. And now I am being asked to volunteer as a mentor! Are you mad? And anyway, I’m not sure I’m a good role model, and…

Applying the learning back home

In many mentoring programmes people are paired up from different organisations or from distant parts of the same organisation, and therefore face some potential hurdles for the mentee in applying learning from the mentoring relationship back home in the mentee’s job situation. Does your mentor really understand the issue? Where both the mentor and mentee…

Why mentoring relationships fail

Structured mentoring programmes, introduced by many organisations, often as part of good practice in transformation initiatives, involve “matching” a mentor to a mentee – usually through the choice of the mentee. Sometimes, despite good intentions from all involved, the ensuing mentoring relationship runs into problems, and then sometimes collapses. What might have gone wrong? Clarity…