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Survey Results: Singapore Workers Reveal Their Working Weight Woes, in JobsCentral Survey

By Jonathan Tay

More than three in five Singapore workers (61.7 per cent) have gained weight since starting work. Furthermore, 16.8 per cent have reported gaining at least 20 kg since joining the workforce. This is according to an online study conducted by JobsCentral which included the responses of more than 3,000 working adults in Singapore. The majority of weight gainers (59.3 per cent) recorded a more conservative increase of less than 10 kg.

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Survey Results: One in Four Singapore Workers Have an Auspicious Practice at Work, according to a JobsCentral Survey

By Jonathan Tay

Would you don work clothes of a specific colour or avoid going to work on ominous dates, if doing so would improve your fortunes and career success? An online study conducted by the JobsCentral Group in mid-2013 that surveyed 3,568 Singapore workers discovered that more than a quarter of respondents (28 per cent) follow auspicious practices to help boost their success at work.

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3 Guilt-free Reasons for Taking Time-off from Work

Struggling to decide whether you should take leave and risk being perceived as a 'slacker'? Here are some guilt-free suggestions to help you get the rest that you deserve.

By: Alythea Ho

Holiday season may be just around the corner, but not everyone’s jumping onboard the vacation wagon like sleep-deprived bunnies. In fact, nearly half of Singapore workers say one of their biggest work fears is offending the boss.

John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, an organization focused on challenging the epidemic of overwork, says many employees often fear their workplace absence will be judged negatively.

"You have this kind of fear of not wanting to be seen as a slacker," says de Graaf to the BusinessNewsDaily.

However, studies show that long-term chronic stress will negatively affect your health and performance. So how do you go about overcoming the false guilt of being accused as someone who doesn't earn his or her keep at work? (Read More Here!)

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What Your Smartphone Says About You

By Julailah Wahid

My daily commute always makes for an interesting experience. Besides dealing with overly pushy middle-aged individuals, I have to work my way through a sea of smartphone users on and off the train – people texting or WhatsApp-ing (yes, it’s a verb now just like Google), office workers reading news (and Facebook) updates and ladies watching foreign dramas on their phones.

Let’s face it. Smartphones are E V E R Y W H E R E. I’m telling you, it’s an epidemic!

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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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I Quit! Now give me a Ladle

By: Alythea Ho

Last week, I blogged about how I quit my job to go on a sabbatical.

To my surprise, it inched its way into the lifestyle section’s popular list. When a career post is up there with “’10 reasons to avoid dating a metrosexual guy”’, you know there’s something about work-life balance (or lack thereof) that resonates with Singapore workers.

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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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Casual Friday = Judgement Day

By Juliet Soh

“Casual Friday” is a trap. Bosses use it to sieve the sensible people from others. Your employers talk about Casual Friday like it is a welfare, but really, they scrutinise you every week. Call me paranoid, but I believe people are judged, unfortunately, based on our wardrobe choices.

What I think bosses are secretly thinking of when we dress down on Fridays:

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