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Why Companies Should Encourage Employees To Go On Leave

By Desiree Yang

Just last year, the Singapore Business Review found that more than 50 per cent of Singaporeans are (self-confessed) workaholics. If that weren’t enough, come this year, they’re apparently an unhappy bunch too. The article, published on CNBC in June, stated that almost half of the employees in Singapore do not think they have the perfect job – with three quarters of them seeing their job only as a way to rake in the dough.

By the sound of these figures, many of these workers are in desperate need of a vacation. However, a 2012 The Straits Times article found that eight in 10 Singaporeans do not clear their annual leave. One possible reason for this is the fear – perhaps not unfounded – that they have of being judged unfavourably by their colleagues and bosses if they do so. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Can I Stand Out in a Group Interview?

Question: I’ve been shortlisted for a group interview. What can I do to stand out from the other candidates at the interview?

Answer: If jobseekers thought that job interviews were nerve-wracking, group interviews are guaranteed to send their anxiety levels rocketing through the roof. Fortunately (or unfortunately) for jobseekers, an increasing number of companies all over the world are turning to such creative and innovative hiring practices to find the best fit between prospective employees and available job positions – and even more so when they’re faced with a tight labour market. (Read More Here!)

Imagining Tomorrow's Workplace IV: Augmented Reality

By Desiree Yang

Technological advancements have led to the birth of amazing inventions like the Google Glass, the world’s first ever smart eyewear that opened the door to augmented reality for the masses. SeeSpace’s InAir allows web content to be projected in the space in front of televisions, allowing viewers to watch programmes while simultaneously perusing other content. (Read More Here!)

How the 40-Hour Work Week Fuels Unnecessary Consumption

By Koh Wanzi

Consumption fuels economies. The US economy, the largest in the world, is driven largely by strong domestic consumption. In fact, the reason many of us continually seek better salaries and prospects for advancement is so we can consume even more. (Read More Here!)

Tension on the Formula One Grid: Takeaways for the Workplace

By Desiree Yang

Whether you’re a fan of Formula One or not, you should be no stranger to the deafening engines that have hit the Marina Bay Street Circuit every year in September since 2008, right here on our sunny shores. The 2014 F1 World Championship which began in Australia in March has seen a considerable amount of drama since the early stages of the race.

When the championship landed in Monaco in late May, the spotlight was on the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team as an air of hostility descended over childhood friends and now teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton – all because Hamilton was prevented from challenging for pole position after yellow flags were raised when Rosberg crashed during the qualifying round. Rosberg then went on to claim the win on race day.

With all this talk about tension, rivalry and hostility, here are some takeaways from the entire debacle that can be applied to the workplace at a managerial level. (Read More Here!)