As an experienced working professional in Singapore, one of the reasons you may not be able to grow your careers in the desired direction is because of ‘qualification inflation’, whereby a large proportion of degree graduates enter the workforce every year. To distinguish yourself from your working peers, you may need to go beyond a Bachelor’s degree. And with the Postgraduate Executive Fair 2015 coming up next month, there’s never been a better time to upgrade yourself with a wide variety of further education courses. (Read More Here!)
Question: I’ve just been offered a promotion that brings with it new and weightier responsibilities. However, I really enjoy my current job and would no longer be required to cover most of my present responsibilities. Should I turn down the promotion?
Answer: Everyone dreams of climbing the corporate ladder. There are tons of resources dedicated to showing people how to advance their careers and net higher paying jobs. The offer of a promotion can also be immensely enticing, bringing with it the promise of a higher salary, more important responsibilities and a more impressive job title that tickles your ego. So when you are offered a step up the career ladder, it would seem madness to even think of turning down the offer. However, not all promotions are created equal. When the step up takes you in an unwanted direction and means that you will no longer be doing what you love, perhaps it’s wise to think twice about accepting the promotion. (Read More Here!)
Question: My boss has offered me a promotion but there is a catch – I will not be getting a pay raise. Should I still take up the offer?
Answer: Even though you have lived your life understanding that one cannot always have his cake and eat it too, you may still find it difficult to wrap your head around the idea that a promotion and a pay raise do not necessarily come hand in hand. (Read More Here!)
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!)
Question: I’ve been with my company for a couple of years and recently requested for a promotion – but I’ve been told by my superior that this will mean taking on additional work responsibilities. Is this fair?
Answer: In a nutshell – of course it is! Many employees often gripe about being loaded with additional work with no pay increment, and with good reason – no one likes to feel exploited. In such a situation, it’s only fair to ask for additional remuneration to accompany an increase in workplace responsibilities.
Nevertheless, the flip side of this equation also means that the company will likely require the employee to raise their performance and/or shoulder additional responsibilities if a promotion (with a pay increment) is granted. Your eventual promotion within the company thus hinges on a few factors. (Read More Here!)
Question: I’ve been recently promoted to a managerial position, which is a first for me. What should I be aware of?
Answer: Your hard work, sweat and commitment has finally paid off and you’ve gotten your own corner office (or at least a larger cubicle). But being a manager involves more than just taking charge of your staff and planning and evaluating department activities. The question is: how are you going to adapt? Here are some things you should keep in mind as a new manager. (Read More Here!)
By: Png Han Yong
How long would you stay in a job before considering a switch? A year? Two?
Gone are the days of one-organisation employees who hope to climb the corporate ladder. The volatility of today’s global economy and the changes in workplace dynamics both have greatly diminished the negative stigma which previously dogged job-hoppers. On the contrary, job-hopping is now often perceived as the doorway to greater career opportunities.