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Precrastination - The Danger of Finishing Tasks Too Early

By Desiree Yang

We’ve all procrastinated on one occasion or another – leaving what we can really do now for a later time – only to find ourselves scrambling to complete the task later as the deadline looms. There are countless caveats against procrastination, so it’s polar opposite – pre-crastination – must be a good thing, right? Researchers define pre-crastination as the tendency to complete tasks as soon as possible, even at the expense of extra effort. And contrary to what you might expect, recent studies show that pre-crastinators – a new-fangled term for those who rush to check-off tasks on their to-do lists too early – engage in behaviour that is just as unproductive as their counterparts at the opposite end of the spectrum. (Read More Here!)

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All in the Name of Productivity

By Desiree Yang

Some companies have taken to monitoring their employees’ every move via closed-circuit cameras (CCTVs) or tracking their computer and phone usage – in a bid to maximise productivity in the workplace. However, Chicago company WaterSaver Faucet has gone one step further and now limits its employees’ bathroom breaks to a mere six minutes per day or 30 minutes per week, because it thought some of its employees were spending an excessive amount of time in the bathroom. To add on, a swipe-card system has been installed to track employees’ bathroom usage. Disciplinary action – not excluding the possible termination of the employee – is taken against employees who exceed this limit. A reward system is also in place, with gift cards being awarded to those who don’t use the bathroom at all during working hours. (Read More Here!)

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Should Singapore Adopt a Bike-Sharing System?

By Desiree Yang

If you ever find yourself strolling along the bustling streets of New York City (NYC), you are likely to stumble across at least one of the hundreds of Citi Bike docking stations located all over the city. Since its launch in May 2013, NYC’s very own bike-sharing system, Citi Bike, has become tremendously popular among New Yorkers who are able to whizz around the city on a shiny blue bicycle for just US$95 a year, US$25 for a seven-day access pass or US$9.95 for a 24-hour access pass. Bike-sharing systems – where bicycles are available for shared use on a short-term basis – have spread around the globe, with more than 600 cities in the world now having similar systems. On our very own sunny shores, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has plans to roll out a bike-sharing trial in areas with cycling path networks at the end of next year, and is currently calling for industry players to submit proposals for it via a request-for-information (RFI) exercise. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Hire Ex-Employees?

Question: An ex-employee of my company recently contacted us to inquire about a job position that opened up. Should I consider hiring him/her for the position?

Answer: In recent years, the re-hiring of boomerang employees – individuals who leave a company in pursuit of other opportunities only to return some time later – has become an increasingly popular practice among companies. If an employee did not leave on bad terms, hiring managers might be tempted to re-hire someone whom they are already familiar with, especially if the person was previously a capable employee. Every hiring decision comes with its own risks, and employers may just prefer to take their chances with someone they already know. (Read More Here!)

Multi-Generational Worforces

By Desiree Yang

Singapore was dubbed ‘a wealthy nation that can’t afford to retire’ in an article published by CNBC in February last year, with factors such as the high cost of living and increased life expectancy being cited as reasons why many individuals continue working past the statutory minimum retirement age of 62 years. To add on, the Singapore Government has promised to increase its efforts to support citizens who wish to continue working past their retirement age. The Retirement and Re-Employment Act (RRA) was amended to require employers to offer re-employment to eligible employees who turn 62, up to age 65. In addition, other efforts have been put in place to support citizens who want to work longer – the construction of the Devan Nair Institute, a seven-storey complex located in Jurong East, will provide a wide range of sectorial and generic skills-training opportunities. (Read More Here!)

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Why You Should Be Able to Discuss Your Pay Openly

By Desiree Yang

The discussion of salaries among employees has always been viewed as a huge workplace taboo. It is a highly sensitive topic, with the potential to lead to ill will and feelings of resentment. However, the silence surrounding employee pay is to the detriment of employees – for instance, it enables inequitable pay between different genders or ethnicities to persist. (Read More Here!)

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Old is Gold - Traditional Networking vs LinkedIn

By Desiree Yang

Employees are the cogs and wheels in a company’s growth engine, and the right employees in the right position will keep this engine chugging along merrily. It is no wonder that it is a top priority at many companies to actively source for and recruit talent, especially for leadership positions in the organisation. (Read More Here!)

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Crowdfunding: How Running a Business is like Running for President

By Desiree Yang

Technology has eradicated the need for businesses to rely on operating at physical stores, which more often than not require a large amount of manpower. These same advancements have also made available a wider range of funding opportunities, and people are no longer limited to loans from banks, family, friends or investors. Enter crowdfunding, a new method of funding that allows people to fund business ideas or products from community contributions. It is essentially the funding of a venture with money raised by appealing to a ‘crowd’ via platforms like Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Crowdfunding opens up endless possibilities for startups, and even a project as banal as making potato salad can garner an outpouring of support. Zack “Danger” Brown’s potato salad Kickstarter campaign drew a grand total of US$55,492 in funding – far surpassing his goal of US$10. Trying to get your business started through crowdfunding is a lot like running for president in the US, and here’s why. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Important is My Business' Name to its Success?

Question: I’m in the process of setting up my own business and am trying to come up with a good name. I am unsure how far the name will end up defining my business. How important is my business’ name to its success?

Answer: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet,” muses Juliet, one half of the famed pair of star-crossed lovers. That’s all very well in the world of Shakespearean verse and poetry, but in a fiercely competitive climate permeated by aggressive marketing and branding, can a business really afford to pay no heed to its name and brand? (Read More Here!)

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