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When Companies Force You to Resign

By Deanna Bonaparte

The nature of a resignation implies that you are leaving a company entirely out of your own accord. But what happens if your company resorts to artful, unscrupulous means to bulldoze you out of the picture? Do you brave the winds and remain firm or crumble under the pressure and resign? Although it might sit better with prospective employers when they learn that you resigned instead of being dismissed, a thorny situation like this requires you to stay calm and think through the ups and downs of both outcomes. (Read More Here!)

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Exploring Unusual D&D Themes

By Deanna Bonaparte

A D&D (Dinner & Dance, not the game Dungeons & Dragons) event is a chance for colleagues to let their hair down – perhaps literally – and unwind. As workers shed their workplace personas, D&Ds can be a time for fine wine and moves on the dance floor. And while discerning taste buds are activated to sample dishes at the table, all eyes will also be turned to the sartorial choices of those present. A D&D is a company-wide event with a night-long itinerary of entertainment, food and perhaps an unofficial pageant dedicated to identifying ‘Mr and Mrs Best Dressed’. We uncover and bring you some interesting D&D themes that might get your creative juices flowing if and when you’re tasked to organise your company’s upcoming D&D. (Read More Here!)

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Why Companies Should Encourage Employees To Go On Leave

By Desiree Yang

Just last year, the Singapore Business Review found that more than 50 per cent of Singaporeans are (self-confessed) workaholics. If that weren’t enough, come this year, they’re apparently an unhappy bunch too. The article, published on CNBC in June, stated that almost half of the employees in Singapore do not think they have the perfect job – with three quarters of them seeing their job only as a way to rake in the dough. By the sound of these figures, many of these workers are in desperate need of a vacation. However, a 2012 The Straits Times article found that eight in 10 Singaporeans do not clear their annual leave. One possible reason for this is the fear – perhaps not unfounded – that they have of being judged unfavourably by their colleagues and bosses if they do so. (Read More Here!)

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Convincing Employees to Grow with the Company

By Koh Wanzi

Many young professionals on the job market today view a job change as a move on to greener pastures, and more often than not, a new job does indeed net them higher salaries. They argue that switching jobs allows them to climb the corporate ladder faster, whereas staying with the same company could have them waiting longer for a raise or promotion. (Read More Here!)

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Mixing Friendship and Business (Part II) – Should I Invest in My Friend’s Startup/Company?

By Desiree Yang

For a moment, consider the following: who is one of the world’s wealthiest men and a successful investor and businessman to boot? It’s none other than US business magnate Warren Buffett, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, and this is what he has to say about investing.

“You don’t need to be a rocket scientist. Investing is not a game where the guy with the IQ of 160 beats the guy with only an IQ of 130.”

Well, if only it were really that simple! Investing your hard-earned money to secure your financial future is a no-brainer, but there are countless factors for you to consider when you’re deciding whether to invest in a bedrock stock like Apple or Coca-Cola or in a friend’s startup/established company.

For the latter, let us return to the age-old adage mentioned in the previous article. And if you are seriously considering investing in a friend’s startup/established company, consider the following before diving in heart/head-first. (Read More Here!)

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Tips on Dressing for Your Company's Costume D&D

By Png Han Yong

It’s that time of the year again when the entire company hangs out together for an evening to celebrate another successful work year. Only this time, it’s not just a casual get-together over a relaxing meal, but a fully-fledged costume Dinner and Dance (D&D)!

This themed D&D is akin to the adult version of ‘pretend play’, where through the medium of outlandish costumes, you and your co-workers will be transported into a new and exciting environment – at least for the evening. (Read More Here!)

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