Deanna Bonaparte

Q&A: Should I refuse my promotion if I am not keen on the new job scope?

Question: I’ve just been offered a promotion that brings with it new and weightier responsibilities. However, I really enjoy my current job and would no longer be required to cover most of my present responsibilities. Should I turn down the promotion?

Answer: Everyone dreams of climbing the corporate ladder. There are tons of resources dedicated to showing people how to advance their careers and net higher paying jobs. The offer of a promotion can also be immensely enticing, bringing with it the promise of a higher salary, more important responsibilities and a more impressive job title that tickles your ego. So when you are offered a step up the career ladder, it would seem madness to even think of turning down the offer. However, not all promotions are created equal. When the step up takes you in an unwanted direction and means that you will no longer be doing what you love, perhaps it’s wise to think twice about accepting the promotion. (Read More Here!)

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When Office Naps Backfire

By Deanna Bonaparte

Some would stand by the notion that getting a quick shut-eye in the middle of the day helps to raise productivity levels in the later half. In fact, a number of leading companies offer nap rooms and encourage afternoon naps in an effort to raise levels of engagement and focus among employees. MetroNaps, a New York company that produces ‘sleeping pods’ resembling space-age lounge chairs, sees leading companies like Google, Huffington Post and Cisco Systems requiring their resources. Employers eager to appeal to employees who want their work to be validated with a good work life balance have no qualms about allowing them some time off their desks for an afternoon nap. But lurking behind these comfortable lounge chairs and afternoon naps are some surprising drawbacks. (Read More Here!)

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Busy is the New Black

By Koh Wanzi

For many ambitious workers eager to scale the corporate ladder, the next five or 10 years are laid out on a carefully planned roadmap. As they hunker down over their career plans and meticulously planned schedules, they are sure that determination, grit, and utter dedication to their work will get them to where they want to be. Most times, these are the same people who constantly lament about how “busy” they are, complete with the obligatory pair of furrowed brows and troubled expression. More often than not, these are veiled boasts and these people would dread the alternative – having too much spare time on their hands. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Take a Promotion Without a Raise?

Question: My boss has offered me a promotion but there is a catch – I will not be getting a pay raise. Should I still take up the offer?

Answer: Even though you have lived your life understanding that one cannot always have his cake and eat it too, you may still find it difficult to wrap your head around the idea that a promotion and a pay raise do not necessarily come hand in hand. (Read More Here!)

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When Companies Force You to Resign

By Deanna Bonaparte

The nature of a resignation implies that you are leaving a company entirely out of your own accord. But what happens if your company resorts to artful, unscrupulous means to bulldoze you out of the picture? Do you brave the winds and remain firm or crumble under the pressure and resign? Although it might sit better with prospective employers when they learn that you resigned instead of being dismissed, a thorny situation like this requires you to stay calm and think through the ups and downs of both outcomes. (Read More Here!)

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How SaaS has Re-Shaped the Hiring Landscape

By Koh Wanzi

When hiring managers want to fill a position, they will put up a job advertisement via print and/or online channels. They will then (passively) await applications from interested jobseekers before shortlisting appropriate candidates for an interview. As you can imagine, this traditional hiring model has its limitations. Modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) hiring models, such as the Talent Network (TN), promise to revolutionise the hiring landscape by helping employers like yourself build up a ‘talent pipeline’ to gain access to a far larger pool of potential hires and fill vacant positions promptly. (Read More Here!)

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Exploring Unusual D&D Themes

By Deanna Bonaparte

A D&D (Dinner & Dance, not the game Dungeons & Dragons) event is a chance for colleagues to let their hair down – perhaps literally – and unwind. As workers shed their workplace personas, D&Ds can be a time for fine wine and moves on the dance floor. And while discerning taste buds are activated to sample dishes at the table, all eyes will also be turned to the sartorial choices of those present. A D&D is a company-wide event with a night-long itinerary of entertainment, food and perhaps an unofficial pageant dedicated to identifying ‘Mr and Mrs Best Dressed’. We uncover and bring you some interesting D&D themes that might get your creative juices flowing if and when you’re tasked to organise your company’s upcoming D&D. (Read More Here!)

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When Your Employees' Transgressions Become Your Own

By Desiree Yang

A company’s employees are a reflection of management and their unique brand of leadership – they are essentially the management’s responsibility. Hence, when an employee makes a mistake, a portion of the blame will always land squarely on the shoulders of management no matter the nature or severity of the blunder. And since it is near impossible for managers to be aware of every single thing that goes on in their department – especially if it is a large one – it is indeed a bitter pill to swallow when they find themselves having to answer for their employees’ missteps. Fortunately, there are practical steps that managers can take to tackle such sticky situations. (Read More Here!)

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Dress Codes: A Human Resource Perspective

By Koh Wanzi

Dressing well is all about the image. Company-wide dress codes often provide useful ways for companies to project a desired image, keep up with norms in the industry or enforce professional consistency in employees’ sartorial choices. Walmart moved in September to change its dress code policy to require employees to don collared shirts and khaki pants, sparking an outcry among the ranks of its 1.3 million US employees. The world’s largest retailer serves as a test case for companies considering similar moves, according to Deborah Weinstein, a lecturer in legal studies and business ethics at Wharton. And with some employees complaining that they cannot afford to adhere to the new dress code because of their meagre pay, Walmart has come under a hailstorm of publicity for its decision, providing lessons for other employers to draw from. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Prepare for My Year-End Performance Evaluation?

Question: I’m due for my year-end performance review soon. I want to make it a productive experience. How can I prepare myself for the review process and the feedback I will receive?

Answer: Annual performance reviews are a routine at many companies, but even if you’re confident that you’ve done a good job this year, these year-end reviews are still capable of generating their fair share of anxiety. (Read More Here!)

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