Question: I've applied for a few positions and I’m currently weighing job offers from two organisations. I’m not sure how to pick one over the other – how can I determine which is the better offer? (Read More Here!)
With the aid of technological tools, it is now possible for employers to track their employees’ online activity during work hours.
While employers have the right to monitor their workers’ work performances and how company resources are being used, there’s a thin line between tracking and intruding upon an employee’s right to privacy.
According to a poll conducted by JobsCentral, from 8 January to 3 April 2013, most workers are put off by the idea of employers tracking their social media profiles.
By Gerald Goh
It should be an employee’s market in Singapore right now – when we last checked, the official unemployment rate was low – 2 per cent, or thereabouts on average in 2012 – and job listings are still plentiful.
Not to mention that you’re either raring to kick-start your career, or have recently gotten your annual bonus and have your eye on your next career move.
But are companies in Singapore really hiring, and in quantities that the numbers suggest that they should be?
By Julailah Wahid
Research suggests that being a highly-effective worker begins with your morning routines. While foreseeing the day’s events is impossible, you can always be in control of how situations are handled and the quality of work that you produce. How? Well, according to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of your schedules. (Read More Here!)
By Julailah Wahid
It seemed like a simple plan. Upon graduation, I was going to get a full-time job within four months. While freelancing here and there, I began searching for a permanent writing position. Emails were sent to companies but none were acknowledged. I became anxious and started asking myself if there was something fundamentally wrong with me.
In a bid to boost the nation’s birth rate, the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has proposed paid maternity leave of 6 months for all female employees. The proposal however, has received mixed sentiments amongst the general public.
From 30 August to 21 September, 2012, a short poll was conducted by JobsCentral to find out what most Singapore workers think of an extended maternity leave. The poll gathered a total of 288 responses.
A Masters in Business Administration (or MBA) is an accredited post-graduate degree programme which imparts students with the knowledge and skills of business operations.
Admissions into most MBA programmes are often based on academic credentials, work experiences and performance in an admittance test. On top of the arduous admittance process, going through the programme itself requires a good amount of commitment and conviction. Despite this, MBA programmes continue to observe a growing popularity in Singapore.
What are the motivations behind enrolling for an MBA programme? According to a new short poll by JobsCentral, conducted between 18th July and 28th August 2012, most Singapore workers are driven to pursue an MBA with the intention of getting a salary increment upon completion.
As with any relationships, frequent engagements and communication often strengthen the bonds between individuals. Regular bonding sessions out of work, are usually the most effective platforms for co-workers to nurture closer work relationships and teamwork.
Even so, some may argue that the notion of socializing with co-workers should be kept within the time spent at work and that post-office hours should be reserved for private social circles. Undeniably, you and your colleagues do in fact spend just about 8 hours of every work day in the company of one another already.
Do most workers hang out with their colleagues after work and how often do they do so? Based on a poll conducted by JobsCentral from 23rd May to 12th June, 2012, more than three in five workers (64%) would engage in recreational activities with their co-workers after work.
Ever had one of those days when your urge to avoid work drove your temperature up, gave you a bad throat and led to the worst run you have experienced? The last poll conducted by Jobscentral from 9th April to 23rd May 2012, sought to shed some light on the common ailments compelling workers to call in sick when they are not.
To an employee, a job promotion is usually esteemed as a merit reserved only for the most deserving. It is an indication that one’s contribution to the company is valued and that he/she is ready to take on more responsibilities.
At times, however, most are slapped with the bitter truth that excellent work performance alone may not guarantee a move up the steps of the organizational ladder. In fact, factors affecting promotional opportunities may sometimes go beyond the context of work altogether.
What are the non-work related attributes, which would most affect an employer's decision of promoting someone? According to a short poll conducted by JobsCentral from 14 March to 9 April, 2012, most employees believe that besides on-the-job accomplishments, maintaining a good rapport with the boss would escalate their chances of getting that job promotion.