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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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Would You Sell or Purchase Annual Leave from Your Company?

By Gerald Goh

Annual leave - it's one of the most anticipated and basic employee benefits, and often eagerly anticipated and judiciously planned out for weeks on end.

If you’re like most working professionals, you’d naturally appreciate having more vacation time to fully enjoy that getaway in the Barbados with your significant other. On the other hand, you might be a consummate workaholic who feels that annual leave is merely a nuisance to be cleared so as to keep Human Resources off your back.

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Take a break!

By Shi Tianyun

I went to Bangkok a few weeks ago. Boy, was I excited to go on my vacation – the first I had taken in 2012. In my head, I pictured four days of rest and relaxation, far away from the hustle and bustle of the stressful office. Reality was another story. Even before leaving Suvarnabhumi airport, the first thing I did was to purchase a SIM card so that my boss and colleagues would be able to contact me the moment anything crops up at work. Pretty sad eh?

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