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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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Company culture: a place where you can be a “whole somebody”

By Sarah

Of all the things we’ve done over the past five years since starting Pomegranite – like consistently being able to pay salaries on time every month, for example – I’m probably most proud of the company culture that we’ve created.

When Liz and I started the business, we took note of all the things we hadn’t liked about previous places we’d worked and made sure to steer away from them. We also took note of all the things we’d loved about previous work environments, added quite a few of our own ingredients, and formed a clear vision of the kind of company culture we wanted.READ MORE

Pomegranite inspiration day: an afternoon at the seaside

By Liz

It’s a big week at Pomegranite HQ. Sarah has joined us from Joburg for the week and we are celebrating our fifth birthday on Friday. The days have been busy seeing clients and workshopping our processes as a team.

To break up the activity and to enjoy something together as humans outside of work, we headed to the Sea Point Promenade for a bike ride, courtesy of our wonderful client, Upcycles, complete with glorious sunshine, fresh air and delicious ice cream.READ MORE

Why is it so hard to give yourself permission to rest?

By Sarah

I think we’ve all been brainwashed when it comes to our approach to working. Well, I certainly have.

In every job I’ve worked, there’s been an attitude of go-go-go, get the work done, and if you have time left over, get some more done. Don’t slack off, because that raises questions about your level of commitment, your dedication as an employee. If you’re a conscientious person – as all my school reports told me I was – then you’re probably particularly susceptible to this kind of thinking.

Starting my own business has challenged so much of my thinking when it comes to work. And lately, this issue has been top of the list.READ MORE

How to go on holiday without your colleagues hating you

By Sarah

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – holidays are SO important. Not only am I more productive after a break, but I’ve just got a lot more bandwidth when it comes to solving problems. I feel like I could tackle anything. Whereas, when I need a holiday badly, dropping my pen lid into my tea can sometimes feel like a bit too much to cope with.

This morning, Carla was talking about the leave she’s going to be taking later in the year and she said, “It’s just going to be summer in my soul.”

I know the feeling.

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The thing is, I remember booking leave at previous jobs and seeing the panic in the eyes of my bosses. Especially when it’s a small company, when one person isn’t there, it can be tricky for everyone else to keep rowing the boat and not drop any balls, or mix metaphors.

So, if taking leave is so important but it’s scary for everyone left behind (shem), how do you make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible?READ MORE

The 10 priceless lessons you walk away with when you leave Pomegranite

By Alex

I was firmly convinced that my interview with Liz and Sarah had gone terribly. It was raining so my Devil Wears Prada inspired outfit was hidden by the only rain coat I own (a Shrek-green monstrosity I borrowed from an ex-boyfriend and never returned) and I somehow completely missed the lift at the end of the hallway in our Wale Street offices so I quickly walked up five flights of stairs and arrived at the door panting with my fringe slightly stuck to my forehead. This obviously all screams: “Hire me!”READ MORE

Ten things I’ve learnt in four years

By Sarah

A Facebook memory popped up yesterday – the first blog post I ever wrote for Pomegranite, right before I quit my job and joined Liz in the lounge of her little Long Street flat, which we called “the cave”.

It was written before we even had our own website, and was published on Blogspot. (When I told Alex this she LOLed at how old we are.)READ MORE

Dogs in the office are always a good idea

By Sarah

There must be impressive stats on this – how dogs in the workplace boost morale and make people happier, more relaxed. I’m not going to Google these stats. Know why? Because I feel so happy and relaxed on account of the dog in our office today.READ MORE

Flu season 2017 public health announcement

By Alex

Over the past two weeks it feels like the whole of Cape Town has come down with the nastiest cold – our Twitter feed is full of adults talking about how much they want their moms. Liz (currently in bed herself) has even nicknamed the virus the ‘black lung’.

Offices are the perfect place for germs to lurk. We eat food at our desks, our keyboards probably aren’t as clean as they should be and there’s almost always that one person who’s practically dead but refuses to go home. Because we want everyone to be happy and healthy this is our flu season 2017 public health announcement.READ MORE

Another inspiration day at Clay Café

By Sarah

It’s been a while since we had a proper inspiration day, and it didn’t take long to decide what we were going to do. We needed more plates for our office. Solution: Clay Café. Again. I think it was our fourth visit? It’s a unanimous favourite.

When Riyad caught wind of this plan he sheepishly asked if he could please join us, even though he isn’t technically a Pomegranite anymore (he still rents a desk in our office though, because we’re just too hard to leave, even if you do start your own business).READ MORE

Let there be office plants

By Sarah

For our March edition of Inspiration Day, we headed off on an office plant buying mission to Starke Ayres in Rosebank.

If you’ve never been to this nursery, you should change that – it’s such a lovely place. So is their tea room.

We began choosing a mixture of hanging plants and larger pot plants. Goal: office jungle on a budget.READ MORE

Fostering a culture of continuous learning

By Liz

We’re part of a world that continuously pushes us to become better at what we do. But to do that we need to upskill ourselves. For many of us, taking time at the office to learn something new sounds like a scenario you would only encounter if you worked in Silicon Valley. But that’s simply not true.

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