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Q&A: Is It Worthwhile to Pursue a Degree While Working?

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Although I’ve never been to university, I’ve amassed a few good years of working experience. But I now stand at a crossroads in my career: Either stay in the workforce, or take time off to pursue an undergraduate degree. Is it worth the time and money to do so?

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How to Prevent Workplace Violence

A video of a man physically abusing his subordinate has recently gone viral in Singapore, sparking outrage from the public and calls for the authorities to step in.

The incident also reveals that workplace violence can indeed occur in Singapore, which is why effective policies and measures are needed to prevent it.

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My Boss Asked Me to do Something Illegal. Should I?

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Recently, my boss told me to underreport the company’s annual revenue. When I pointed out that this was an illegal act, he told me to overlook it and even offered me a pay rise if I would promise to keep quiet about it. Although I have nothing to lose by obeying him, I still feel uneasy about doing so. What should I do?

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Revised Employer Guidelines for Job Postings

Employers, take note: in a bid to take a tougher stand against discriminatory hiring practices, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) recently updated their guidelines for posting job advertisements. Companies who don’t comply may risk having their company’s work pass privileges suspended by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

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How Can I make Power Naps at the Work Place a Viable Option?

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I've been feeling really drowsy at work, especially around mid-day, and I would like to be able to take a short nap but the office isn't a very conducive place to do so. What can I do to make power napping a viable option during my lunch hour?

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There has been much debate about the effectiveness of a power nap and how it maximises the benefits of sleep versus time, especially for working professionals. We frequently work too hard, sleep too little and accumulate too much stress, and too often the solution to this is either having a cup of coffee or an energy drink.

Truth be told, power naps (less than half an hour – even as brief as 10 minutes!) have the capability to restore your alertness and promote productivity, and more effectively than any caffeine-infused beverage. Not to mention you’ll be avoiding the side-effects of imbibing too many of these energy boosters.

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