Issue 010

Dealing with work fatigue

It's not yet 3 p.m., and you're already feeling wretchedly tired. You've already knocked back 5 cups of coffee, but you still long for bed. Especially since you have nothing but a desk full of work, and an in-box clogged with emails to look forward to for the rest of the day.

By Marie Kreft

Burn-out. We all know the feeling. Drifting from day to week on endless cups of coffee, five hours’ sleep each night and a series of headaches, stresses and workrelated nightmares. It’s not fun and it’s certainly not good for your health or happiness.

But when general tiredness gives way to fatigue, it’s time to stop listening to your alarm clock each morning and pay more attention to your personal alarm bells. Are you making yourself unhappy? Stressed? Ill? It’s one thing feeling sleepy at your desk after a late night – and another thing when you lose all motivation to work. Feeling tired in the workplace can lead to mistakes, illness, depression and even accidents, so it’s important to spot the warning signs and give yourself a break. When fatigue starts creeping up on you, take note of these simple ways to beat it…

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Buzz!

'Think-out-of-the-box', 'synergy', 'paradigm shift', 'world class', 'win-win'. Do these words make you roll your eyes every time you hear them from your boss? He's simply talking a lot, without saying anything useful. Buzzwords are both a boon and a bane to corporate-speak. Use them carefully, or they might just make you the butt of all jokes.

By Gangasudhan



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Culture clash!

Every company has its own culture. It defines the way in which its people get things done. Each culture is unique, even for companies in the same industry. So its no wonder that new recruits often experience culture shock. How do we cope with different corporate cultures throughout our careers?

By Ernest Eng



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Working for an SME: Challenges and Rewards

It's the classic question on every jobseeker's mind, "big or small?" In other words, should you work for a small local company, or join a big international one with a brand name that would look good on your resume? Let us go through the things that you'd need to consider.

By Karunanethy Kalaivani

The size and presence of a company has an immense bearing on its culture as well as on the opportunities available for employees. It is a crucial factor to consider when deciding which job offer to take. Deciding whether to work for a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) or a larger Multi-National Company (MNC) depends a lot on your personal career goals and preferences.

Although it’s the conventional wisdom to join a MNC if at all possible, there are also particular benefits to working for a SME. To help you decide, we have weighed the pros and cons based on six categories.

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