Deanna Bonaparte

A Guide to the Oil & Gas Sector

By Deanna Bonaparte

Despite having a lack of domestic oil and natural gas reserves, Singapore is one of the leading petrochemical hubs in the world. Investors place full confidence in and are attracted to Singapore’s bustling oil and gas hub because of the country’s political and economic stability. Furthermore, government agencies like the Economic Development Board (EDB) and JTC Corporation (JTC) work to ensure that infrastructure, technology and support services are in place to support new and existing petrochemical companies. (Read More Here!)

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SkillsFuture - How can Employees Benefit?

(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Manpower website)

By Deanna Bonaparte

The recently-announced Budget 2015 elicited both good and bad responses from the public – it is, after all, simply impossible to please the entire population. But given that our work landscape is becoming increasingly complicated and competitive, the SkillsFuture initiative introduced by the Government is something both active and passive jobseekers can fully rejoice over and leverage on in order to stay relevant in today’s complex economy. (Read More Here!)

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How Can I Go Back to My Old Job?

By Deanna Bonaparte

If you are finally certain that you want to go back to your old job, it is likely that you have ascended from the dark place in your thoughts where you felt crestfallen and where your mind was firing ‘What if’ scenarios in all directions. There must have been a reason behind your resignation at your previous company. Perhaps you misjudged the company or a certain situation, or perhaps you leapt at the prospect of a better salary and greater career advancement opportunities elsewhere. Whatever the case, the question “How do I go back to my old job?” is a relatively friendly occupant in your mind considering that you have already conquered an arguably more unsettling thought: “Should I go back?” (Read More Here!)

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The Ins and Outs of Salary Negotiations

By Deanna Bonaparte

After all the years of dealing with hair-pulling issues at work and labouring over unending tasks and demands, perhaps you feel it is time for you to be given credit where credit is due – a reasonable increase in your salary. Before this happens, you need to make the bold move to negotiate your salary. A salary negotiation is a process that should be walked through carefully. Here are some things to keep in mind before you propose one. (Read More Here!)

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Shining the Light on Reverse Mentoring

By Deanna Bonaparte

A mentorship scheme is extremely beneficial in the workplace especially for the uninitiated. New employees are better able to assimilate new information and excel in their jobs with the guidance of experienced mentors who are familiar with company goals and the industry. As a new employee, being assigned a mentor to guide you through your new responsibilities can also help to quell your anxiety and smoothen the daunting process of picking things up quickly. But the onus to learn is not only on new employees and fresh graduates. Learning, regardless of your length of employment, is a lifelong process of keeping abreast with changes and new developments. Experienced senior employees have to strive to seek continual improvement, and one of the many ways to upgrade themselves is through the exercise of reverse mentoring. (Read More Here!)

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Why Working from Home is Not for Everyone

By Deanna Bonaparte

Anyone whose primary work tools are a computer and telephone can work from home. There are numerous benefits to gain from a telework arrangement – the most obvious ones being the ability to operate on flexible work hours and more time with friends and family. There is also no need to deal with workplace malaises stemmed from pretentious water cooler conversations, emotionally-draining involvement in office politics and negative judgment incurred from wearing the same blouse for two days in a row. (Read More Here!)

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Why Your Company Should Host a Blood-Donation Drive

By Deanna Bonaparte

Healthcare services have been challenged to combat the shortage of blood donations for many years. To raise awareness of blood donation, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has adopted methods such as driving blood donation trucks around the city, hosting pop-up donation stations at office buildings and sharing emergency notices via social media. In fact, it has even come up with a novel way to continue its blood donation campaign through a mobile app. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Effectively Manage From Another Time Zone?

Question: I am looking to set up small companies in various countries to expand my business. However, I worry that I would have a hard time managing a global team from many different time zones. What are some ways in which I can do so effectively?

Answer: It’s easy to feel disconnected from your team members from a separate office even when you’re all based within the same building, let alone from your team members in a different country. (Read More Here!)

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When It Is OK to Move Sideways Instead of Up

By Deanna Bonaparte

When it comes to your career path, upward isn’t the only direction to travel. A sideways or ‘lateral’ move – defined as a move either within your current company or to a new organisation with similar remuneration, responsibilities and a similar title – can often pay off in the future. For a business to compete effectively in today’s diverse and highly competitive markets, the demand for employees who have had experience in various aspects of the industry and have handled diversified portfolios is probably even higher than the demand for purely functional employees who have been given promotions because of their steadfast performance. (Read More Here!)

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The Importance of Workplace Diversity

By Desiree Yang

As a multi-racial, cosmopolitan business hub, Singapore has only seen its diverse workforce become even more diverse. As of 2013, 66 per cent of the 1.46 million non-resident population was employed in lower/semi-skilled, mid-level skilled or higher-skilled positions. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of S$69,050 in 2013 – one of the highest in the world – such diversity has clearly positioned Singapore for global success. But while it’s important for companies to know how to go about increasing diversity in the workplace, it is equally important for them to know exactly why it’s encouraged. (Read More Here!)

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