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5 Design Tips to Boost Workplace Productivity

Fluorescent lights and boring white walls are so demotivating and passé. Try these workplace design tips that are backed by research to help transform your office into a hub of productivity and focus.

By: Alythea Ho

Need to boost focus and productivity among your staff? Try making some changes to your workplace design. More businesses today seek new ways to build productivity by rearranging and remodeling office spaces – and you don’t have to be Google or Facebook to have an office that helps your staff feel motivated and focused. (Read More Here!)

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How to Avoid Repeating Your Parents' Career Mistakes

Stuck in an unsatisfying career? Face those skellies in the cupboard and regain control over your career – you might just be living out your parents’ career mistakes.

By: Alythea Ho

People often feel mortified when they realize they’ve started behaving like their parents. You know, stuff like nicking extra napkins from restaurants and the rest of those awful habits you swore never to do when you reached their age. It’s annoying but quite understandable -- our parents are our first teachers. We adopt many of their thinking patterns subconsciously, whether we want to or not.

So if you’re stuck in an unsatisfying job, have a think first over a potential source of your career values -- your parents. Did your father make a mess of his career and placed all his hopes of success on you? Or maybe your mother insisted you should always stay safe by avoiding challenging (but more rewarding) jobs? (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My colleague asked me for feedback. He's smart and efficient, but can be a real dominating ***** during meetings. Should I tell him the truth?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: Recently my colleague pulled me aside and asked me to give feedback on how he conducts meetings. He's smart and efficient, but during discussions he can be a real dominating *****! I told him I'll think about it, but should I tell him the truth? While we’re not from the same team, I don't want to cause awkwardness in the office.

Answer: Good question. Feedback has gotten a bit of a bad rap among employees. You give feedback in your company and it either a) vanishes into the great bureaucratic unknown, or b) becomes the prelude to the next office Armageddon.

In this case however, your colleague has actively sought your feedback. This shows he has some level of trust and confidence in your opinions. Perhaps he heard what people have been saying about him and wants to change, which is commendable. Most people would rather justify their behaviour than seek improvement.

So here’s a tip: be Constructive, not Critical (Read More Here!)

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Is Your Daily Work Commute Ruining Your Life?

Research shows long work commutes have bad implications for your well-being. Here are some tips on how you can improve your daily commuting experience.

By: Alythea Ho

For most people, commuting to work is a necessary evil. The longer it is, the more likely you are to feel tempted to elbow the next person who jostles against you in the train. It’s a boring life-sap-of-an-activity that’s as enjoyable and inevitable as paying taxes, and you have to do so every day.

Research seems to agree that long commutes are bad for you. In one study, commuting is the daily activity that produces the lowest positive affect levels and relatively high levels of negative affect. (Read More Here!)

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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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Q&A: My Company is Encouraging Me to Retire Early. Should I?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: I've been offered the chance to retire early by my company. And I'm not the only one. I'm not upset at all, but I'd like to know if it's a good idea to accept the offer? Thanks.

Answer: Good question. The main thing to consider is whether you can afford to retire early. A recent JobsCentral poll shows that the majority of our respondents (37%) would accept an early retirement offer if the retirement package is attractive enough. (Read More Here!)

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Survey: Singapore Workers Score Low Happiness Levels Since 2009

Half a decade onward and low work happiness scores continue to dog many Singapore workers, with $10,000 monthly salary being the 'magic' defining mark for improving happiness.

By: Alythea Ho

Many studies have been done on happiness, emotions, and satisfaction. Some claim Singaporeans are unfeeling beings who are curiously capable of developing emotions one year later. Others suggest Singaporeans are fairly satisfied living in one of the most desirable nations in the world.

Clearly happiness is a subjective matter. Question is, why do researchers still persist in studying it?

Because happiness is so crucial to our well-being, relationships, and overall quality of life.

Consider this: we spend over half of our waking hours at the workplace. Yet work happiness still eludes many in Singapore – even after half a decade. (Read More Here!)

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Foods to Avoid at the Office

With soaring food prices, unhealthy dining options and limited time on our hands, eating out may be a luxury that we can only afford from time to time.

It isn’t surprising then that many office employees choose to eat at their desks, either enjoying take-out or a homemade meal. However, since most workplaces are air-conditioned, strong odours have the tendency to stick long after lunchtime. (Read More Here!)

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Lessons from Our Beloved Teachers

By Julailah Wahid

Back in secondary school, I was quite the troublemaker.

Not only did I cut classes to hang with the cool neighbourhood kids, but I also sported coloured hair and multiple ear piercings (hey, it was an in-thing back in the day).

Needless to say, my devil-may-care attitude and potty mouth did not sit well with any of my teachers. To them, I might have looked like a hopeless cause destined for mediocrity. I never considered myself to be very smart or outstanding either – my self-belief was so limited that I refused to pay attention or participate in class.

That was until I met my Mathematics teacher Mr. Wilson. While many teachers showered my overachieving peers with affection, Mr. Wilson paid me extra attention. (Read More Here!)

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