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Survey: 1 in 5 Singapore workers claim ‘ghostly’ workplace encounters

By: Alythea Ho

Hungry Ghost Month starts this August. According to Chinese tradition, this is a time when Hell releases its ghostly denizens into the land of the living.

So if you regularly work overtime, watch out: Nearly 1 in 5 (17%) Singapore workers claim to have encountered or heard others encounter the supernatural in the workplace — right here, in modern Singapore. In addition, Master degree and N/O-level holders are equally and most likely to claim a personal encounter.

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Survey: More Singapore students favour local tertiary institutions

By: Alythea Ho

Going local, not global, for scholarships and education seem to be on the priority list for Singapore students these days. In addition, students today are more likely to know which sector they want to work in, compared to their predecessors five years ago. They also prefer a career in Banking & Finance, while jobs in the Hotel & Hospitality industry have seen one of the biggest falls in student interest since 2009.

These are some of the findings from the 2013 BrightSparks Scholarship & Career Survey. According to the survey, interest in local tertiary scholarships has hit a five-year high, gathering the majority 22.4% votes from ‘A’ level, International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma graduates, and Polytechnic final year students.

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Employing Your EQ in the Workplace

By: Png Han Yong

They say that Intelligence Quotient (IQ) gets you hired but Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ) can get you fired.

This simple statement reflects the growing importance of EQ in the modern workplace. These days, companies make it a point to groom their employees through developmental courses that aim to sharpen their “soft skills”, which can range from effective communication and public speaking to personal mastery.

Put simply, EQ refers to the capacity for recognising our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. And unlike IQ, which doesn’t change much as we age, our EQ can continually evolve as we progress and learn from our experiences.

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Workplace Elevator Etiquette

By: Png Han Yong

With so many high-rise offices in Singapore, workplace elevators are incredibly commonplace. And like any other part of the workplace, appropriate decorum should be observed when taking the elevator in order to help maintain a sense of order and avoid any awkward situations, even if it’s for just a minute or two – after all, proper elevator etiquette is pretty much common sense.

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Q&A: Should I Join My Colleagues for After-Work Drinks?

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I’ve been working in this company for nearly half a year, and recently a group of colleagues from another department invited me to join them for dinner and drinks after work. Since I don’t interact much with them at work, this would be a good chance for me to get to know them better but I’m worried if they have any ulterior motives. Should I accept?

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Effects of Smoking in the Workplace

By: Png Han Yong

A smoke break can be a popular stress-reliever for many office drones, especially when one is getting swamped with work. Besides the nicotine hit, smokers claim that being able to spend a short period away from their workstation also helps them relax, review their work progress and plan their career goals.

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Q&A: My Friend Asked Me to Moonlight for His Company. Should I?


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Recently, I met my friend for lunch and he asked me to help out in his company on a freelance basis (on top of my day job). Having an extra source of income would be nice, but I’m worried about the negative implications of moonlighting. Should I accept his offer?
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Important Attributes for Fresh Graduates

By: Png Han Yong

A recent article in The Straits Times reported that Singapore’s low youth unemployment rate can be attributed to the fact that a majority of fresh graduates possess non-academic skills sought by many employers. Some of these highlighted attributes include communication skills, drive and initiative, as well as the ability to be a team player.

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