Work Management

Confusing business etiquette explained

In business as in life, there are certain situations where only common sense is needed to have appropriate etiquette. Anyone with decent judgment should know that it’s never OK to scream profanities at your boss, steal someone else’s lunch from the refrigerator or fall asleep in your cubicle.

Yet there are some etiquette gray areas where right and wrong aren’t always as easily defined. And it’s especially tough to crack these protocol codes when you’re new to the working world or you’ve just joined a company.

In these situations, the first step you should take to better understand your company’s business customs is to ask your manager. “As a success and business coach, I find that having a transparent discussion with your boss at the start of your work avoids many of these uncomfortable situations,” says Laura Lee Rose, owner and certified business/life coach at Rose Coaching.

But you may not always have easy access to your boss, or you may not feel comfortable having these types of discussions with your manager. To help, Rose and other career and etiquette experts weigh in on what actions to take in some of the most confusing business situations.

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7 Career Mistakes To Stop Making

You always hear that you shouldn’t lie on your résumé or inflate your salary during job negotiations. Even if you get hired, there’s always the chance that one day you’ll get caught in the lie and lose your job.

Although you’re not lying to anyone, you could still be making subtle mistakes that are actually sabotaging your career. If you feel like you’re in a rut or not advancing as quickly as you think you should be, you might be one of those workers.

So how do you know if you’re making a costly career error? Experts weigh in on some of the common mistakes you might be making and ways you can turn things around today.

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Harness colour psychology at work situations

By Juliet Soh

There is a reason why there are so many idioms that describe moods with colours: having the blues, seeing red, tickled pink and green with envy. That’s because colours indeed have powerful effects on our psychology. In fact, the Egyptians and Chinese have been practising “chromotherapy”, an alternative treatment using colours to heal, for thousands of years. Now, tap on the knowledge of colour psychology and find out how you too can harness this understanding to help you at work.

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Tips to keep your desk clean and tidy (no shovels needed)


By Nur Shakylla Nadhra

“A messy desk is a sign that you’re a really important and busy person at work”. That is what a colleague once told me and I scoffed at him. Admit it: you’re too lazy to clean up your desk. We all are; it’s a universal mindset.

But we have to admit that cleaning up your desk is important if you want to work comfortably in the office. This is especially important since we spend so many hours at our work desk. Why would you want to swim through a mountain of documents? Or fight off ants crawling around bits of the turkey sandwich you had two months ago? Don’t make it hard for yourself.

So where do you begin this process?

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Taking a gap year from work

By Juliet Soh

A “gap year”, sometimes known as a “sabbatical”, refers to an extended period of time you take off work to undertake activities you wouldn’t otherwise have time to do. Many may think that taking a year off work is only justified if you want to pursue higher education. But this is also a great option if you are experiencing a career burnout - it gives you time and space to rethink your priorities. If you’re seriously considering to take this time off, jot down these notes on what you can do:

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5 tips to seamlessly juggle work on a vacation

By Juliet Soh

It’s that time of the year again when you cave in to your wanderlust. After working hard for almost half a year, you feel you deserve a break to rest and recharge.

But you’re hesitating because you know you can’t just leave your work behind.

A survey has shown that 30% of workers bring their work along even while travelling.

We’re not going to dissuade you from doing so. Instead, we’re offering you tips on how you can catch up with work, while at the same time have minimal disruption to your holidays.

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JobsCentral Survey: Younger workers more likely to connect to bosses on social networking sites

By Juliet Soh

To connect or not to connect? That is a question that would not have existed ten years ago. But with the increasing popularity of social networking platforms, employees now are likely to have to make a conscious decision about whether to include their bosses in their virtual social circle.

According to a survey conducted by Singapore’s leading online job portal, JobsCentral, many are still reluctant to take the plunge. While 81.1% of the respondents said they have at least one social networking profile, two in three (66.9%) said that their bosses are not among their list of friends on any of the social media they use.

A total of 2,281 respondents took this survey, and the respondents consisted of employed individuals from all levels of occupation and income groups. This survey has an error margin of 2.05%, at 95% confidence level.

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Walking Down the Office Aisle: Office Spouses

By Farhan Shah

You’ve just been given a dressing down by your boss. You walk back to your desk, still smarting from your metaphorical wounds, and launch your office communication software to rant to your closest office colleague.

On other days, you go out for lunch with said colleague and talk shop about work, life, and anything under the sun. To the other people around you, both of you are joined at the hip for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, and till the next career move drives the two of you apart. Essentially, the both of you are office spouses.

But what exactly is the definition of an office spouse? Although many people disagree on the exact parameters, it is widely agreed that an office spouse is someone of the opposite gender whom you share a close relationship with, who understands your whims and pet peeves, and who is usually the first person you turn to if something good or bad happens at work.

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JobsCentral Survey: Men are more receptive to office romances than women

By Juliet Soh

44% of men are open to dating someone from the office, according a survey conducted by Singapore’s leading online job portal, JobsCentral. Although this means that the majority are against office romances, the percentage is higher than women. Nearly two-thirds (63.9%) of female respondents say they would not date their colleagues.

A total of 2,281 respondents took the survey, which was conducted online from August to September 2011. Respondents consisted of employed individuals from all levels of occupation and income groups. The survey has an error margin of 2.05%, at 95% confidence level.

The survey found out that both genders are most open to dating a colleague who is of the same rank as they are (60.8% of men and 49.4% of women said they are opened to it). Men are most averse to dating their superiors while women are most averse to dating their subordinates (60.5% of men said they will avoid dating a superior while 75.8% of women said they will avoid dating a subordinate).

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