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Tuned to thrive

Imagine a vibrant workplace where employees wake up to the start of every workday filled with passion, enthusiasm and a shared commitment to perform their best. An organisation that truly backs the phrase “our people are our greatest asset” is precisely what employees in the retail and service sector need, in order to genuinely serve others with a smile. We speak to two employees from IKEA to find out more.

By Mabel Tan

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Making a difference

If you’re keen to join a Great Workforce and a Great Workplace while actively contributing to Singapore’s development, look no further than the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), where the work is rewarding and is a place where you can make a difference.

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Lim Choon Leng, the Assistant Director (Policy) with the Work Pass Division in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), has this advice for fresh graduates looking for their first jobs.

“Success comes from doing something you believe in, or have a passion for—if wealth is part of that equation, that’s great; if not, that’s fine too.”

Choon Leng explains, “Of course, finding meaning in what you’re doing is a question that will follow you for the rest of your life. In terms of your first job, ask yourself what your inclination is – is it the private sector? Or does public service appeal more to you? Don’t worry if you do not have a confirmed answer now to what you would find meaningful in your work – most of us go through life only having an inclination on what we would like to do. It is the acting on the inclination that’s important. Avoid paralysis by analysis!”

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Saving lives, securing Singapore

Contrary to media stereotypes in Asian dramas, life as a uniformed officer goes beyond sitting around leisurely in the office and drinking coffee while waiting for emergency calls. We chat with two SCDF officers (sans coffee) about their wholehearted dedication to Singapore’s premier life-saving force.

By Winifred Tan



Ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes after you dial 995?

Meet Majors (MAJs) Eric Chua (above right) and Chong Wei (above left), two of the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF’s) body of professionals trained to respond to all types of life-threatening emergencies round-the-clock.

Currently on secondment with the Homefront Security Division in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), both officers take time out of their busy schedules to reflect on their dynamic and challenging careers “protecting and saving lives and property for a safe and secure Singapore”.

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Powering a bright future

By Renee Seow

Singapore experiences one of the fewest and shortest electricity outages of cities worldwide thanks to the hard work put in behind the scenes by SP PowerGrid, a member of the Singapore Power Group. Contributing to the reliability of our electricity and gas distribution networks are engineers Matthew Loong and Kenneth Chua. We sit down with them to find out how life is like in the energy company.


Kenneth is a Senior Engineer at SP Powergrid. He studied at the University of Adelaide (Master of Applied Finance) and the National University of Singapore (BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering). (Top right photo)

Matthew is an Executive Engineer at SP Powergrid. He holds a BEng (Mechanical Engineering) from the National University of Singapore. (Top left photo)

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Your former workplace enemy shows up at your new job - what now?

By Justine Thompson

One day you come into work merrily sipping your coffee, mentally preparing to make the best of the day ahead of you. You’d heard rumors that a new person is starting, and you’re excited about a new addition to your team. It means your workload will be lessened, and you’ll be able to focus on accomplishing more important tasks. But when your boss stops by to introduce you to your new counterpart, your stomach drops.

As if ripped from the pages of a soap opera script, you’re standing face-to-face with a workplace arch nemesis from a previous job. Two thoughts cross your mind: “Oh @@##” and, “OK, try to make the best of this awkward situation.”

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Which Christmas Character does Your Boss Resemble?

By Justin Thompson

Holiday movies have some of the most beloved and loathed characters in cinema. Remember Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone”? Or Ebenezer Scrooge from any incarnation of Dicken’s classic “A Christmas Carol”? While most are larger than life with hyperbolic characteristics, many of their traits can be found in the people that surround us at work every day.

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