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The Importance of Workplace Diversity

By Desiree Yang

As a multi-racial, cosmopolitan business hub, Singapore has only seen its diverse workforce become even more diverse. As of 2013, 66 per cent of the 1.46 million non-resident population was employed in lower/semi-skilled, mid-level skilled or higher-skilled positions. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of S$69,050 in 2013 – one of the highest in the world – such diversity has clearly positioned Singapore for global success. But while it’s important for companies to know how to go about increasing diversity in the workplace, it is equally important for them to know exactly why it’s encouraged. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: I was promoted above my peers. How do I manage them now?

Question: I was recently promoted above my co-workers, some of whom have been at the company longer and have more experience than me. They resent me because of this and are making their dissatisfaction known. How should I manage them?

Answer: It’s a considerable leap to move from working alongside your co-workers to managing and delegating tasks to them. It’s not hard to see why some of them will find it a bitter pill to swallow, especially when they think that they are better qualified or have more experience. (Read More Here!)

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How to Deal with a Passive-Aggressive Co-Worker

By: Gerald Goh

A passive-aggressive co-worker can be the most infuriating type of colleague you’ll ever encounter and have you tearing out your hair in short order. Passive-aggressive co-workers generally display some form of silent opposition, stubbornness, and/or overall negative attitude on the job, whether it’s for their required job responsibilities or assignments requested of them.

This thorny issue is compounded if the co-worker alternates between passive hostility and genial friendliness, leaving you absolutely bemused as to whether they’re currently blowing hot or cold. No problem right, as long as you give them a wide berth at work?

Wrong. (Read More Here!)

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5 More Ubiquitous Co-Worker Archetypes

By: Gerald Goh

Co-worker caricatures – love 'em or hate 'em, but these cardboard cutout characters are ever-present and they’re certainly not going away. Even if you’ve missed our previous article on five ubiquitous types of co-workers you can find in most workplaces, here are five more choice archetypes we’ve sussed out just for you. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Join My Colleagues for After-Work Drinks?

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I’ve been working in this company for nearly half a year, and recently a group of colleagues from another department invited me to join them for dinner and drinks after work. Since I don’t interact much with them at work, this would be a good chance for me to get to know them better but I’m worried if they have any ulterior motives. Should I accept?

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How I coped with a colleague’s departure.

by Ethan Sia

I believe it’s fair to say that one of life’s greatest pleasures is to be able find a person who you can relate to. In the workplace, nothing is more satisfying than enjoying the company of the people you work with. Especially those who can create a fun and lively work environment that help inspire your work and attitude.

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How to wiggle out of frequent expensive lunches with colleagues

By Juliet Soh

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My colleagues always head to mid- to high-end restaurants for lunch. Each meal sets me back by at least $20 every time – that works out to more than $100 per week! I am saving up for my wedding and find it hard to keep up with my lunch expenses. What can I do to stop them from visiting expensive eateries?

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Caution: Toxic Co-Workers Ahead

By Anthony Balderrama

As we’ve mentioned before, co-workers play important roles on your workplace experience. They, at the very least, can annoy you. They can make life better (or at least more romantic). And they can just be weird.

According to Linnda Durré, Ph.D., co-workers can also be toxic. She doesn’t mean they get on your nerves, but they actually cause you harm on some level. As the author of “Surviving the Toxic Workplace: Protect Yourself Against the Co-workers, Bosses and Work Environments That Poison Your Day,” she knows a thing or two about identifying harmful associates. Luckily, she has advice that doesn’t just help you identify problems but that also teaches you how to address the issues. Today’s guest blogging duties come from Durré herself.

Here are 10 toxic co-workers and how to deal with them, according to Durré.

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