Constantia Glen Inspiration Day

Inspiration day: a wine wind-down at Constantia Glen

By Mulesa

Last month, we took a company poll on what we’d like to do for our next inspiration day. There was an interesting range of suggestions – a music festival (something tells me that Tom was only half-kidding about that), a cooking class (this made a lot more sense after Nicole’s skills share on the art of being a foodie) or surfing followed by some beers in Muizenberg (Sarah made it quite clear that she was serious). Two things that were popular amongst the poll responses – wine and something outdoorsy. A combo of Liz and Melissa’s choices won in the end, and so after a day and a bit of working at CHIPS coworking, we were off to Constantia Glen to indulge in some bubbly, delicious flammkuchen and fun, casual conversation!

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How do you know when to make big decisions?

By Sarah

Photo by Maximilian Weisbecker

Our office lease expired last month. Since our lovely office mates, Crush, had moved out quite a few months ago as a result of the pandemic, it didn’t make much sense for us to hang onto such a big space just for us.

The question was – do we look for another smaller office? Or do we sit tight for a while, seeing as we’re mostly all working from home anyway? Would it be ok not to have a “home” for a while?

Running a business comes with the inevitable big decision making every now and then: hiring new people, taking on extra risk, making a big investment.

How do you know when it’s the right time to “push the boat out”, as my mom would say? And how do you know whether the decision you’ve made is the right one for your business?READ MORE

Speaking to the 5 Love Languages at work

Speaking to the 5 Love Languages at work

By Melissa

Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

We all give and receive love differently and understanding the love languages of those around us goes a long way in nurturing relationships. Insight into how your partner, friend or co-worker prefer to receive appreciation or affection enables you to affirm them in a language they understand.

Interested in seeing if one could apply the 5 Love Languages at work, we at Pomegranite took the 5 Love Languages quiz again to brush up on our knowledge. READ MORE

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Self-care: more than just a buzzword or marketing ploy?

By Mulesa

Photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash

What does self-care mean to you? Nowadays it feels like the term is thrown around with little thought as to what it means exactly. Self-care has become synonymous with bubble baths, marathon shopping sprees and stuffing your face with decadent baked goodies while binging on your favourite Netflix shows, but it can be so much more meaningful than that. In her enlightening and moving TedxCrenshaw Talk on the subject matter, public health specialist, Portia Jackson-Preston, discusses the missing ingredient from self-care as we understand it today. This was the inspiration behind my skill share on self-care.READ MORE

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The audacity of a sabbatical

By Sarah

A little while ago I spent a few weeks on a friend’s beautiful farm in the Eastern Cape. Every day I would wake up at sunrise and go for a solo walk to a particular rock where I would sit sipping my coffee, listening to the cows in the distance, the birds, the river, the complete not-city-ness of it all.

Sometimes, in the evenings, I would chat to my friend’s husband and ask him questions about farming, which is potentially the most polar-opposite job to my own.

How do you burn a firebreak, like really? (Spoiler: completely still days aren’t actually ideal for this activity. How interesting?)READ MORE

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Blurred lines: work-life balance and working remotely

By Melissa

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Work-life balance is often elusive and challenging to maintain. When work moves from an office to your home, the lines you had previously drawn between your personal and professional life can easily blur.

While working from home comes with the highly sought-after benefits of flexibility, more quality time with loved ones, increased productivity and no commuting, it can become difficult to switch off and unplug at the end of the work day. As Covid-19 continues to flood our daily lives, we are all searching for calm and stability as we navigate what has become our new normal. A good work-life balance, now more than ever before, is essential for personal happiness, professional growth and your motivation to do great work.

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Seven things we’ve learned in seven years

By Sarah and Liz

At the beginning of July Pomegranite turned 7. We didn’t have our usual party (the photo above was taken at last year’s celebration), complete with the impossibly ridiculous quiz, because of the global pandemic (bit of a downer, that), but it didn’t stop us from lifting our heads and acknowledging how far we’ve hiked, and how much we’ve learned, from the day we first sat on the lounge floor to write our business plan. READ MORE

On the hunt for hints

By Clem

Our return to the office in January was brightened by the arrival of our distant Pomegranite, Carla, who now lives in Oxford. In our first week back, we were sent a rather cryptic email from Liz inviting us to a mystery inspiration day with one line: “You don’t need to wear or bring anything special, just have your wits about you!” We left the office deep in debate about what it might be. After two weeks of suspense, the day arrived and all was revealed: it was the enigmatic Hint Hunt!

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Mind full or mindful at work?

By Melissa

Working mindfully and consciously is key to a fulfilling and successful career. Being actively present at work gives meaning to your endeavours, reduces stress and increases engagement.READ MORE

maternity leave policy

10 steps to writing a maternity policy for your small business

By Liz

When Sarah and I started Pomegranite just over six years ago, having babies wasn’t even on our radar. We were about growing the business, quick as a jungle vine, to something real with meetings and clients and invoices. Since then, our roots have deepened with experience, our branches have expanded like our service offering and our trunk has become wide and strong with an incredible core: our team.

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Reconnecting with our work and what motivates us

By Liz

As we start a new year, I thought it would be a good time to reconnect with what’s important to each of us in our work. For my skills share, I simply asked everyone to write down their answers to three questions and share the answers. I was surprised and heartened by many of the answers and I think they give a good sense of who we are as a business.

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Tired? Stressed? I was too – so I did a skills share on taking it easy

By Sarah

As December approaches at pace (although not quite fast enough, in my opinion), everyone is tired. I’m finding that my concentration span is shorter, and I have a lot less bandwidth to deal with things I’d normally take in my stride.

Looking after yourself is always important, but delving deeper into levels of self-care you might be overlooking is even more important when you’re tired and in need of a break.

Because it was something I needed, I thought other people might too. So, I chose this topic for my recent skills share with the Pomegranite team. It was inspired by a blog post by the lovely Anna Marsh, as well as a podcast by Anna and Che Dyer called Kombucha and Colour.READ MORE

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