Deanna Bonaparte

Mental Health Issues at Work

By Deanna Bonaparte

Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. He says, “But doctor.… I am Pagliacci.” Following the recent death of Robin Williams, the spotlight has been thrown on depression and those who suffer in silence. While many across the world listened incredulously as news of Williams’ depression broke – how could a man who built his career on bringing laughter to others be depressed? – there are others who may sit meekly or just as cheerily in their seats as they, too, skid down a slippery slope if not taken care of. Mental health issues – distant and abstract when they don’t touch our lives – are very real, and our everyday workspaces can be festering grounds for them. (Read More Here!)

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Imagining Tomorrow's Workplace I: The Driverless Car

By Deanna Bonaparte

Google has experienced rapid growth since it was first conceived in 1996 and its success has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond its core search engine business. In fact, the reach of Google is such that it has even muscled its way into our daily vocabulary. If the tech behemoth has its way, the answer “Google it” will be the standard reply to almost any question for a long time to come. Earlier this year, Google made plans to build 100 to 200 prototypes of a driverless car without a steering wheel, gas or brake pedals, and with only an on/off switch button for ignition. Instead, the car would have intelligent sensors and software to steer clear of accidents and other obstacles. While driverless cars may still seem a lot like something straight out of a science-fiction movie, technologies such as this could mean a great deal for the city of the future – and for tomorrow’s workplace. (Read More Here!)

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National Day Special – Commemorating Beginnings

By Deanna Bonaparte

As Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday with the theme ‘Our People, Our Home’, companies ought to turn a retrospective eye towards their beginnings as well – and reaffirm their appreciation for the people who form the cornerstone of the workplace. By adopting Founder’s Day in the workplace, employers can showcase the value of their employees and help them feel appreciated. In any case, ‘Our Employees, Our Workplace’ is not an entirely implausible theme to adopt – in fact the theme sounds a likeable tune – in view of Founder’s Day. It is an occasion to reinforce the shared vision among employees and thank them for their contributions. Here are some ways in which companies can acknowledge the contributions of their employees, while effectively commemorating their beginnings. (Read More Here!)

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Convincing Employees to Grow with the Company

By Koh Wanzi

Many young professionals on the job market today view a job change as a move on to greener pastures, and more often than not, a new job does indeed net them higher salaries. They argue that switching jobs allows them to climb the corporate ladder faster, whereas staying with the same company could have them waiting longer for a raise or promotion. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Create A WhatsApp Group Chat for my Team?

Question: I’m a manager looking for more convenient ways to communicate with my team outside the office. Should I create a WhatsApp group chat for my team? Will this appear unprofessional or seem like I am upsetting their work-life balance?

Answer: Messaging platforms such as WhatsApp have revolutionised the concept of text messaging, making it more convenient and akin to instant messaging where multiple short messages are favoured over a single, extended text message. With over 500 million active users today, WhatsApp is certainly the preferred messaging service for the majority of people. (Read More Here!)

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Innovating From the Bottom Up

By Deanna Bonaparte

As advocates for flexibility in the workplace grow increasingly vocal, it is evident that today’s workforce has begun to shun rigid bureaucracy in favour of a more democratic, flexible and progressive working environment.

In a time where the room to express yourself and be heard are much vaunted personal freedoms, the voice of the individual employee is louder than ever (although not necessarily heard). Companies should be able to tap on this fount of individual voices and ideas and create a cohesive body of engaged employees that contribute to the firm in new and novel ways. (Read More Here!)

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How to Fit into a New Workplace

By Deanna Bonaparte

The first few days in a new workplace are the most daunting, and the thoughts that scurry across your mind probably won’t veer very far from “How do I fit in?” or “Will my new colleagues like me?” It is not uncommon to be faced with a crisis of confidence, even among the bold and self-assured.

In addition, new hires often worry about having to portray a first-rate impression that is at once professional and likeable. First impressions are no doubt important – good or bad, they can often disproportionately influence how people perceive you in the long term. (Read More Here!)

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Why A Good Book Is Better Than 2048

By Deanna Bonaparte

Technological advancements have literally placed access to vast amounts of information at our fingertips. In the area of mobile technology, increasingly function-packed phones and tablets are slowly eroding away at any need for laptops or desktop computers. This puts a huge market within the reach of mobile developers – blockbuster game Angry Birds has racked up almost two billion downloads since its first release on iOS in December 2009.

In recent months, you might also have noticed a handful of commuters frantically sliding through digital number tiles, in attempts to figure out a strategy around the game 2048. Like Angry Birds, the game mechanics are deceptively simple, but a frustrating combination of skill and dexterity is required to master and beat the game. (Read More Here!)

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Managing Your Caffeine Addiction

By Deanna Bonaparte

According to YourHealth in 2013, almost a third of workers in Singapore admitted that they had to sacrifice sleep for personal and work commitments, making the percentage of the sleep-deprived here even higher than the global average of 29 per cent.

And like a fog that settles on our brains, bent on obscuring our thoughts, our sleep deprivation forces us to rely on our caffeinated perk-me-ups to kick us into action. One cannot even begin to imagine what would happen if the lady at the coffee stall ceased to do business – perhaps the entire office would resemble a ragtag legion of shambling dead. (Read More Here!)

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