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Is Your Daily Work Commute Ruining Your Life?

Research shows long work commutes have bad implications for your well-being. Here are some tips on how you can improve your daily commuting experience.

By: Alythea Ho

For most people, commuting to work is a necessary evil. The longer it is, the more likely you are to feel tempted to elbow the next person who jostles against you in the train. It’s a boring life-sap-of-an-activity that’s as enjoyable and inevitable as paying taxes, and you have to do so every day.

Research seems to agree that long commutes are bad for you. In one study, commuting is the daily activity that produces the lowest positive affect levels and relatively high levels of negative affect. (Read More Here!)

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Survey: 10 Strangest Requests from Singapore Bosses

Would you bear your boss’s traffic offense? 40% of Singapore workers say their bosses have asked them to do tasks unrelated to their main job scopes -- with some requests bordering on the downright absurd.

By: Alythea Ho

You know how it is. You join a new job, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to prove you're the best person for the job.

Then the Boss asks you to buy a cup of coffee for him. And another. And one day you wake up and realise ‘The Boss’s Personal Coffee Assistant’ has unceremoniously appeared in your job scope.

If it's of any comfort, you're in good company. Nearly 2 in 5 Singapore workers (39%) say they've received requests from their bosses that had nothing to do with their job scope. In addition, 21% of respondents say the requests were downright absurd. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My Company is Encouraging Me to Retire Early. Should I?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: I've been offered the chance to retire early by my company. And I'm not the only one. I'm not upset at all, but I'd like to know if it's a good idea to accept the offer? Thanks.

Answer: Good question. The main thing to consider is whether you can afford to retire early. A recent JobsCentral poll shows that the majority of our respondents (37%) would accept an early retirement offer if the retirement package is attractive enough. (Read More Here!)

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Survey: Singapore Workers Score Low Happiness Levels Since 2009

Half a decade onward and low work happiness scores continue to dog many Singapore workers, with $10,000 monthly salary being the 'magic' defining mark for improving happiness.

By: Alythea Ho

Many studies have been done on happiness, emotions, and satisfaction. Some claim Singaporeans are unfeeling beings who are curiously capable of developing emotions one year later. Others suggest Singaporeans are fairly satisfied living in one of the most desirable nations in the world.

Clearly happiness is a subjective matter. Question is, why do researchers still persist in studying it?

Because happiness is so crucial to our well-being, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Consider this: we spend over half of our waking hours at the workplace. Yet work happiness still eludes many in Singapore – even after half a decade. (Read More Here!)

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Steve Jobs left a legacy, what’s yours?

Leaving a legacy behind is not just for the dead and famous. Before you quit your job, here's how to leave a good legacy at your workplace so you can walk away with your head held high.

By: Alythea Ho

It’s been two years since Steve Jobs passed away on October 5th, 2011. Much has been said about the man’s remarkable ability to foresee what consumers wanted, even as the legacy he left behind in Apple has undergone some changes since his departure.

Case in point: the latest iPhone 5S. Die-hard Apple fanboys around the world seethed in anger. A gold iPhone? How dare they change Apple’s minimalist appeal? Jobs would’ve been furious. No one messes with Steve Almighty’s legacy.

Thing is, all too often we assume legacies are only meant for ‘superfolk’ like Jobs. Then we start talking about a legacy after said 'superfolk' leave while neglecting to think about our own. (Read More Here!)

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4 Types of Customers Retail Assistants Love to Hate

“Right or wrong, the customer is always right.”

Like it or not, dealing with challenging customers is part and parcel of any frontline job in the retail industry. Being in such a customer-centric role requires tenacity and a good attitude, especially since the objective is often to deal with and manage the expectations of others to create a memorable customer experience.

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Preparing for a Speaking Opportunity

You’ve been invited to present at an upcoming conference or join a panel at an industry seminar. You’re excited to represent your company and speak to others in your field about a topic that’s important and interesting to you. But if this is your first time taking part in a speaking opportunity at an event, seminar or conference, you may be a little apprehensive.

Even if you’re a good public speaker and you’ve had practice presenting at company or client meetings, doing something at this big a scale can be daunting. (Read More Here!)

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How to back out of being a job reference

In the later stages of the hiring process, it’s common for employers to ask candidates for references.

If you’re asked by a job seeker to serve as a reference, you may get a call from the employer, who will ask you some questions about the job seeker. It sounds simple enough but can become more complicated if your view of the job seeker isn’t as rosy as the job seeker may think.

If you’re asked to be someone’s job reference, but for various reasons, you don’t feel comfortable doing it, you may wonder whether you should decline or go ahead with it and give the employer your honest opinion. It’s a sticky situation, because you don’t want to cause friction between you and the requester, but you also don’t want to be put in an awkward position when faced with the employer’s questions. (Read More Here!)

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