By Chai Fook Tien
When the cat's away, the mice will play. The manager’s absence is probably something many people look forward to. But at the same time, you might feel lost now that you don’t have someone to give you direction. So what should you do with this newfound freedom? (Read More Here!)
By Deanna Bonaparte
With advancing technology paving the way for greater communication, greater reach and greater connection between bosses and employees even on the weekends, coupled with the constant prompt to accelerate productivity in the workplace, it is not hard to argue that your boss is akin to a fast-paced machine. (Read More Here!)
Question: I have friends who have quite a close working relationship with their boss. Should I be concerned that I’m spending too little time interacting with my boss?
Answer: For many, the very act of befriending or spending time with their boss lands right smack in uncharted territory that can be tricky to navigate (if they even wish to do so at all). However, a recent study conducted on 32,410 American and Canadian executives, managers and employees by Leadership IQ suggests that employees can benefit from spending more time with their direct supervisor each week. (Read More Here!)
A great boss can inspire and motivate you. A great boss can shape your career and the type of manager you become. A great boss can also teach you valuable career and life lessons. We asked workers to share stories about the best bosses they’ve ever had and what they learned from those leaders that still influences them today. (Read More Here!)
As a boss, managing your employees well involves juggling the right amount of motivation and discipline in a professional manner. In fact, horror stories about unreasonable bosses are ubiquitous – the Hollywood satire blockbuster (and aptly-titled) Horrible Bosses details the antics of three downtrodden employees who’ve decided that they have had enough abuse and subsequently team up to knock off each other’s bosses. Even without the threat of violent death, being an unprofessional employer has its pitfalls. Regardless of how disinterested and lacklustre an employee may be, threats, insults and other verbal smackdowns have a tendency to backfire and do more harm than good – and may even lead to a report of abusive behaviour against you. With that in mind, there are just some lines in the sand that should never be crossed as an employer. (Read More Here!)
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!)
By: Gerald Goh
No man is an island, especially not in the workplace. Even if the scope of your work is fairly individualistic and autonomous, the truth is that having a solid network of allies in and out of the workplace can be the key to your future promotion and overall career success.
The JobsCentral 2012 Work Happiness Indicator Survey previously indicated that having good relations with your colleagues and management is essential to maintaining your workplace satisfaction. Building a good network of office allies may seem like a daunting prospect, but it’ll certainly be worth your time and effort! (Read More Here!)
Regardless of what position you’re holding, your relationship with your boss has the potential to make or break your job. This issue is compounded if your boss has a quirky side – and we use that term very loosely.
Recently, my boss told me to underreport the company’s annual revenue. When I pointed out that this was an illegal act, he told me to overlook it and even offered me a pay rise if I would promise to keep quiet about it. Although I have nothing to lose by obeying him, I still feel uneasy about doing so. What should I do?