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End of the World: What if the doomsday is real?

by: Ethan Sia

Recently, the news about doomsday kept flooding on my social media news feed. However, I’m quite sure that all the talk about the world coming to an end and theories of how meteors would fall from the sky are hyped up fluff to create suspense for the public.

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Is it really flu season? 1 in 5 Singapore workers fake illnesses to avoid work

By: Alythea Ho

It's flu season now, but for some Singapore workers, there will always be a good reason to go on medical leave.

Nearly one in five Singapore workers (18.3%) admitted to feigning sickness to get medical leave. Of these, half (49.1%) revealed they would play ‘hooky’ from work three or more times a year.

Employers also report a surge in the number of reported sick leaves in December (20.2 per cent), followed by February (13.1 per cent).

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Survey Results: Singapore workers share why they faked being sick to avoid work

By Jonathan Tay

Nearly one out of every five (18.3 per cent) Singapore workers has admitted to faking an illness just to shun work. This is despite efforts made by 77.7 per cent of employers in scrutinizing their employees’ claims of illnesses.

Of this group of employees, more than half (50.9 per cent) say they would play hooky from work at least twice a year.

These are findings revealed in the latest online study conducted by JobsCentral from August to October 2012. It included the responses of 256 hiring managers and 3,299 employees.

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Take a sabbatical from work? Yes, please!

By: Alythea Ho

Recently I went on a three-month sabbatical. Against every pragmatic Singaporean fibre in my being, I took the plunge and told my boss I needed a break.

Translation: I’m tired of crawling to work every Monday morning. I quit.

Yes, so I left my job. Because I planned ahead, my world didn’t collapse overnight. Bills were still paid on time. I didn’t wake in the middle of the night screaming like a fiend about ‘zero bank accounts’.

Instead, I took the opportunity to benefit from…

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Survey Results: Nearly one-quarter of Singapore workers feel bullied at work

By Jonathan Tay

According to an online study conducted by JobsCentral, nearly one-in-four (24%) workers in Singapore, believe themselves to be victims of office bullying. The survey, which received the participation of over 2,000 respondents, also found that older workers were more likely to experience injustice at work, particularly those in the age group of 41 to 50 years old.

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Gossip in the Workplace

By Shi Tianyun

Your office may not come straight from the catty set of Gossip Girl but chances are, there’s plenty of chitchat about the “latest happening” around the water cooler or in the hallways. Gossip’s bad reputation isn’t undeserved but it’s time to cut it some slack – at least professionally, gossip can be beneficial to you.

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Legal Ways to Avoid the Tax Man

By Farhan Shah

It’s that time of the year again.

Newly-minted working professionals fret about how much they have to give and whether they will miss out on anything while those who are more experienced complain about the amount of paper work that they might have to potentially face. That’s right; it’s tax-filing season.

Besides being one of the legal obligations that all working professionals who earn above S$22,000 annually have to fulfil, taxes are also used for a variety of state and country expenses. Unfortunately, evading taxes is a crime in Singapore and is punishable in a court of law.

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5 Safe Office Pranks for April Fools’ Day

By Jacelyn Lim

In just a couple of days, numerous people will peer around corners and look behind their backs every few minutes to make sure that no one is attempting to play a prank on them. No matter your age or gender, April Fools’ Day is always celebrated with enthusiasm as friends try to outwit and out-prank each other with the most elaborate ideas unimaginable.

The office environment is no different. Tricking unsuspecting colleagues will incite a few laughs and gives everyone involved a topic to talk about during lunch or after-work drinks. At the same time, everyone will have a smile on their faces; happy workers translate to higher productivity after all.

Although April Fools’ Day falls on a Sunday this year, you can always shift the customary day to Monday instead!

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Survey Results: Three-in-four workers in Singapore use internet for non-work related activities during work hours

By Jonathan Tay

With the ease of connecting to the internet and the abundance of social networking sites available these days, it comes as little surprise that most employers are concerned about what their employees are really up to in cyberspace. The following findings from JobsCentral’s online survey may perhaps provide some insights into the often elusive internet habits of the Singapore employees.

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Vanishing Trades In Singapore

By Winifred Tan

[Information and photos courtesy of National Museum of Singapore and National Heritage Board]

The last living vestiges of yesteryear, traditional peddlers are now slowly but surely disappearing from our streets as we continue the relentless march towards commercialism and modernity.

Despite the humble and informal nature of their work, it is important for us to remember that these peddlers bear testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit of our city-state and are part of a rich cultural heritage spanning back to the early years of the twentieth century.

Need a quick fix for your shoes? A newly-minted set of keys? A refreshing ice-cream sandwich to beat the summer heat? The variety of goods and services offered (all at modest prices) is nothing short of extraordinary.

Let us take a trip down memory lane in tribute to these nameless entrepreneurs who lived, worked on, and transformed our urban spaces through their colourful clutter and dedicated workmanship.

Barber,
Rise to popularity:
After the 1911 Hsinhai Revolution, many of the Chinese immigrants in Singapore hacked off their “pigtails” and started patronising street barbers.

Goods/services:
Hair cutting, shaving, ear cleaning, nose-hair trimming, eyes and tongue cleaning, and scalp, face and shoulder massages.

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