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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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Q&A: Should I Quit My Job to Travel?

Question: I’ve been considering taking some time off from work. Should I quit my job to travel?

Answer: Many of us are used to weekend getaways or comparatively short trips that last for a couple of weeks. These trips often pass in the blink of an eye, and before we know it, we’re back at work almost without missing a beat. But when it comes to taking extended vacations – perhaps six months to a year – an entirely different set of preparations are in order. Most companies probably have no way of accommodating such a lengthy vacation on your part. In order to take to the skies or jet ski across the Pacific Ocean, you will probably have to take a leap of faith and quit your job. (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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Survey: Bosses Take More Vacation Time Than Their Teams

By Debra Auerbach

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you’re guilty of ending the year without using most of your vacation days, you’re not alone — at least among your peers. Your boss, however, might be a different story.

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5 tips to seamlessly juggle work on a vacation

By Juliet Soh

It’s that time of the year again when you cave in to your wanderlust. After working hard for almost half a year, you feel you deserve a break to rest and recharge.

But you’re hesitating because you know you can’t just leave your work behind.

A survey has shown that 30% of workers bring their work along even while travelling.

We’re not going to dissuade you from doing so. Instead, we’re offering you tips on how you can catch up with work, while at the same time have minimal disruption to your holidays.

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7 tips to fight post-vacation work stress


By Juliet Soh

Taking time off for a vacation is important to avoid burning out and to reward yourself for the hard work in 2011, but the thought of coming back to work and being faced with tasks that have piled up while you’re away can make you more stressed. Before you pack your luggage and leave your working worries behind, here are some tips to help you make the spectre of returning back to your desk that less intimidating:

BEFORE YOU GO

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