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Fengshui in the Office

By Koh Wanzi

As the Chinese New Year rolls around, it’s time to bust out the firecrackers and crimson-coloured trappings in the name of auspiciousness again. And as we celebrate and usher in a new year of prosperity, it’s a good time to re-examine some of the cultural practices that are thought to facilitate the accumulation of both luck and wealth. (Read More Here!)

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When Office Naps Backfire

By Deanna Bonaparte

Some would stand by the notion that getting a quick shut-eye in the middle of the day helps to raise productivity levels in the later half. In fact, a number of leading companies offer nap rooms and encourage afternoon naps in an effort to raise levels of engagement and focus among employees. MetroNaps, a New York company that produces ‘sleeping pods’ resembling space-age lounge chairs, sees leading companies like Google, Huffington Post and Cisco Systems requiring their resources. Employers eager to appeal to employees who want their work to be validated with a good work life balance have no qualms about allowing them some time off their desks for an afternoon nap. But lurking behind these comfortable lounge chairs and afternoon naps are some surprising drawbacks. (Read More Here!)

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Paperless Workplaces: Yay or Nay?

By Desiree Yang

When Amazon released its very own smartphone – the Amazon Fire – in June this year, many were certain that its much-touted Firefly feature was set to revolutionise the world of e-commerce and shopping. Firefly essentially bridges the gap between the virtual and physical world, allowing users to scan items they see in brick-and-mortar stores, load the relevant Amazon listing and make a purchase online. In the same way, workplaces have undergone a rapid digitalisation that has led to the birth of the notion that we might one day transition entirely to paperless workplaces. However, not only are paperless workplaces costly and unsuitable for some companies, they also open the door to other problems such as a widening gap between employees’ skills and the technology installed in the workplace. This ultimately results in a decrease in efficiency overall. It really makes one wonder – how feasible is it for workplaces to go paperless? Or would simply reducing the amount of paper used in the office be a better bet? (Read More Here!)

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Imagining Tomorrow’s Workplace III: The Rise of Robot Bosses

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!)

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Why Workplace Jargon is Bad

By Koh Wanzi

Many of you probably remember your first job – the moment you officially joined the workforce and got sucked into the vortex of office culture and its attendant meaningless phrases and buzzwords. With phrases such as “touch base”, “360-degree thinking” and “streamlined work flow” bandied about left and right, it’s hard not to get caught up in a world of fuzzy metaphors. These buzzwords are supposed to convey new and energetic ways of thinking and doing work, but they do little but obfuscate – covering up their lack of substance with a fancy dressing. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Create A WhatsApp Group Chat for my Team?

Question: I’m a manager looking for more convenient ways to communicate with my team outside the office. Should I create a WhatsApp group chat for my team? Will this appear unprofessional or seem like I am upsetting their work-life balance?

Answer: Messaging platforms such as WhatsApp have revolutionised the concept of text messaging, making it more convenient and akin to instant messaging where multiple short messages are favoured over a single, extended text message. With over 500 million active users today, WhatsApp is certainly the preferred messaging service for the majority of people. (Read More Here!)

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What Your Office Desk Says About You

By Koh Wanzi

Short of life-sized effigies erected in your honour, your desk is as close as it comes to a metaphorical representation of your own hallowed self. Your desk is your own personal space in the office – where you can attempt to preserve a sliver of individuality as you resist turning into an office drone like the rest of your co-workers. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How do I Establish an Office Carpool System?

Question: A few of my colleagues live near me and we sometimes even bump into each other on the MRT. How do I suggest an office carpool with a colleague who does drive, and is this a feasible idea?

Answer: Travelling to work daily on the same bus or MRT route is tiring – how often do you get to work without feeling too frazzled after an energy-sapping squeeze in a sardined train? This is where an office carpool can save the day’s morning – carpooling is when two or more individuals with a near common start and same end-point benefit from the convenience of sharing one car. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My Boss is Inviting a 'Medium' to the Office. Is This Acceptable?

Question: After some unexplained 'occurences' in the office, my boss is inviting a 'medium' to help 'cleanse' the office. Is this an acceptable workplace practice?

Answer: Fear not! We’ve had Singapore workers share some really interesting ghostly encounters at work, and it’s not really so surprising that your boss is trying to shed some light on the unexplainable tales in your office – even if said ‘light’ may have to come in the form of an intermediary between planet Earth and the ‘other side’. (Read More Here!)

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