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Survey: 10 Strangest Requests from Singapore Bosses

Would you bear your boss’s traffic offense? 40% of Singapore workers say their bosses have asked them to do tasks unrelated to their main job scopes -- with some requests bordering on the downright absurd.

By: Alythea Ho

You know how it is. You join a new job, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to prove you're the best person for the job.

Then the Boss asks you to buy a cup of coffee for him. And another. And one day you wake up and realise ‘The Boss’s Personal Coffee Assistant’ has unceremoniously appeared in your job scope.

If it's of any comfort, you're in good company. Nearly 2 in 5 Singapore workers (39%) say they've received requests from their bosses that had nothing to do with their job scope. In addition, 21% of respondents say the requests were downright absurd. (Read More Here!)

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How to deal with annoying (but harmless) colleagues

By Shi Tianyun

They are everywhere – a fellow worker who somehow manages to get under your skin all the time. They aren’t exactly malicious – they actually mean no harm but somehow you just feel that the workplace will be a much happier place if they just stop (fill in the blank with annoying habit here).

If the co-worker that makes you cringe falls under these five categories, don’t worry, we have got some tips to keep them at bay.

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New Dads Not Taking Advantage of Paternity Leave

By Anthony Balderrama

TV commercials might have you believe a new tie, a car, or a case of beer is the best gift you can give dad this Father’s Day. What he might want most is some time off from work, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

Like working moms, dads who work outside the home have to find time to be with their families and still fulfill their usual workplace duties. If you’re a working parent, you might want to be at your children’s recital, but you can’t exactly leave in the middle of an important work dinner where you’re about to sign a deal with a client. Either work or your personal life has to suffer to some degree, and it’s not easy to know when one deserves more attention than the other.

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Survey: Bosses Take More Vacation Time Than Their Teams

By Debra Auerbach

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you’re guilty of ending the year without using most of your vacation days, you’re not alone — at least among your peers. Your boss, however, might be a different story.

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College Majors with the Highest Starting Salaries

By Debra Auerbach

College students pick their major for any number of reasons — interest in a particular field of study, ability to get a job post-graduation, amount of education or training needed and more. Another factor students often consider is how much they might earn once they enter the workforce. While it’s hard to imagine that any student would actively seek a low-paying major, some students may weigh salary more heavily than others when deciding on a degree.

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What ‘The Avengers’ Can Teach You About the Workplace

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

By Mollie Ficarella, CareerBuilder

The summer movie season is kicking off, and the first big blockbuster to open is “The Avengers.” It brings together some of Marvel Comics’ biggest superheroes into one movie for a battle royale between a demigod and his alien cohorts. Chances are you haven’t encountered a master assassin at your office potluck, because comic-book stories aren’t usually ripped from the headlines. However, the personality types on display in “The Avengers” are probably not that far off from the volatile and larger-than-life people you encounter — or hide from — at the office.

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What The Executive Office Looks Like

By Anthony Balderrama

The corner office isn’t where most of us sit (if we get to sit at all on the job). For the average worker, senior leadership positions are difficult to come by and something you spend much of your career working toward. That is if you even want a leadership role — not everyone strives for the responsibility and headaches that come with the position. But for those workers hoping to land an executive role, the outlook is brighter today than it was six months ago.

In the coming six months, 31 percent of employers plan to hire for executive-level positions, finds a new survey from CareerBuilder and Headhunter.com. This is 6 percent higher than the same survey found in October 2011.

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Heart of Lions

Major (MAJ) Jamalullail Ishak

The SCDF is more than just brave firefighters and rescuers with hearts of lions. It also includes men who represent Singapore in the international civil defence arena.

By Eliza Hamizah

“In international relations, there is a saying that goes ‘There are no permanent friends, only permanent interests’, Major Jamalullail Ishak says, chuckling. “So it’s crucial that you learn to adapt and be on your feet!”

For most people, sitting behind a desk emblazoned with the Singapore flag while representing the interest of the nation might feel like being in a pressure cooker. Not for this 34-year-old who stays coolheaded during such important international meetings.
Such is expected of International Relations Officers (IROs) like Jamalullail. He discusses policies and matters of fire and rescue missions with ministers, experts in the field of disaster management, and organisations like the United Nations (UN), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

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