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Why Your Company Should Host a Blood-Donation Drive

By Deanna Bonaparte

Healthcare services have been challenged to combat the shortage of blood donations for many years. To raise awareness of blood donation, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has adopted methods such as driving blood donation trucks around the city, hosting pop-up donation stations at office buildings and sharing emergency notices via social media. In fact, it has even come up with a novel way to continue its blood donation campaign through a mobile app. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Make the Best Use of my Unemployment Period?

Question: I have just been laid-off from my previous job and am currently unemployed. I do not expect to be able to find a job right away. What can I do to ensure that I make the best use of my unemployment period and stand myself in good stead with my future employers? (Read More Here!)

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Why You Don’t Always Have to Hire the Best

By Deanna Bonaparte

At a job interview, an employer is prompted by instinct to select the best candidate out of an entire room of eager jobseekers. And ‘best’, as we know it, is epitomised by an unbroken string of ‘A’s reflected on one’s academic certificate and the pedigree of a top-notch institution. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Effectively Manage From Another Time Zone?

Question: I am looking to set up small companies in various countries to expand my business. However, I worry that I would have a hard time managing a global team from many different time zones. What are some ways in which I can do so effectively?

Answer: It’s easy to feel disconnected from your team members from a separate office even when you’re all based within the same building, let alone from your team members in a different country. (Read More Here!)

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When It Is OK to Move Sideways Instead of Up

By Deanna Bonaparte

When it comes to your career path, upward isn’t the only direction to travel. A sideways or ‘lateral’ move – defined as a move either within your current company or to a new organisation with similar remuneration, responsibilities and a similar title – can often pay off in the future. For a business to compete effectively in today’s diverse and highly competitive markets, the demand for employees who have had experience in various aspects of the industry and have handled diversified portfolios is probably even higher than the demand for purely functional employees who have been given promotions because of their steadfast performance. (Read More Here!)

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When F1 Drivers Retire: Lessons for Senior Workers

By Desiree Yang

Formula One (F1) drivers are defined by their love and avid passion for cars and all things related to the automotive industry. While the expiration date on their careers typically looms when drivers approach their mid-thirties, few ever seek jobs outside of the motor racing or automotive industry. (Read More Here!)

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Navigating Workplace Taboos: Tattoos

By Deanna Bonaparte

Given the rapid pace at which social norms are being shattered and redefined today, one would hardly be surprised to learn that the meek, goody two-shoes next door has a palm-sized dragon tattoo brightly imprinted on her torso. The act of getting a tattoo is no longer synonymous with an act of rebellion, nor does having tattoos make one a hooligan. (Read More Here!)

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MNCs vs SMEs: The Importance of Work Harmony

By Deanna Bonaparte

Between Multi-National Corporations (MNCs) and Small-and-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), their corporate cultures can be as different as chalk and cheese. An MNC typically houses multiple departments and a large pool of staff who generally keep to their own departments, while an SME is comparably smaller in size and has employees frequently working across divisions to make end goals meet. We take a look at the characteristics that differentiate an MNC from an SME, and how it is important to maintain good relations among co-workers. (Read More Here!)

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The Importance of Workplace Diversity

By Desiree Yang

As a multi-racial, cosmopolitan business hub, Singapore has only seen its diverse workforce become even more diverse. As of 2013, 66 per cent of the 1.46 million non-resident population was employed in lower/semi-skilled, mid-level skilled or higher-skilled positions. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of S$69,050 in 2013 – one of the highest in the world – such diversity has clearly positioned Singapore for global success. But while it’s important for companies to know how to go about increasing diversity in the workplace, it is equally important for them to know exactly why it’s encouraged. (Read More Here!)

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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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