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Busy is the New Black

By Koh Wanzi

For many ambitious workers eager to scale the corporate ladder, the next five or 10 years are laid out on a carefully planned roadmap. As they hunker down over their career plans and meticulously planned schedules, they are sure that determination, grit, and utter dedication to their work will get them to where they want to be. Most times, these are the same people who constantly lament about how “busy” they are, complete with the obligatory pair of furrowed brows and troubled expression. More often than not, these are veiled boasts and these people would dread the alternative – having too much spare time on their hands. (Read More Here!)

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Lessons from a Professional Gamer

By Koh Wanzi

Many people think of gaming as a fun and light-hearted matter, but a considerable amount of strategy, teamwork, and grit is required at the high levels of competitive gaming. Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) is currently recognised as the number one team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) – the latest iteration of the classic first-person shooter. The Ninjas achieved an unprecedented 87-win streak during the earlier half of their career and have made the grand finals of almost every tournament they attended, making them the most consistent and highest performing team in the scene. In an interview with onGamers, NiP player Robin “Fifflaren” Johansson shares his thoughts on what makes NiP tick. He reveals insights that we can apply to our jobs, where we would do well with lessons on how to function effectively as a team and co-operate with our co-workers. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Ask My Friend To Join My Workplace?

Question: There is a job opening at my workplace and I am thinking of asking my unemployed friend to join me here. Is this a feasible idea?

Answer: It can certainly be refreshing to have your friend join you at your workplace, especially if you know what he or she is capable of. Your friend can not only be a new-found figure of comfort from the daily drudgeries of work life, but also provide you with a safe refuge from the nuisance of (other) annoying co-workers.

But note that although this may seem like an extremely attractive proposition, the pendulum could well swing the other way – especially if your friend will be joining your department/team and he or she has a work-style that is as different from you as chalk and cheese. (Read More Here!)

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Tips for Adjusting to a New Work Schedule

With Singapore’s thriving economy, workers in Singapore are able to view a wide variety of positions from numerous employers, and this may be a reason why job-hopping in Singapore remains prevalent as employees have ready access to better job opportunities.

And amidst all the jobseeking buzz, the odds are that you’ll probably find yourself facing the challenge of having to adjust to a new working schedule. In fact, you might have reason to adjust to a new work schedule (even in your current role) if you’re taking on night classes while juggling your full-time job, converting from a part-time to a full-time schedule or stepping back into the workforce after an extended leave period (due to maternity, medical or disability leave). Regardless of the situation, here are some tips to make adjusting to a new work schedule easier. (Read More Here!)

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Keep Off Those Extra Office Pounds

By Koh Wanzi

Having a white-collar job in Singapore often means the start of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and the beginning of a spell of inactivity that can be hard to break. After all, more time spent sitting at a desk means less time and energy to dedicate to exercise.

A recent JobsCentral Survey found that more than three in five Singaporean workers have gained weight since starting work. Furthermore, 16.8 per cent reported gaining at least 20kg since joining the workforce and an earlier survey found that they packed on the pounds at approximately the rate of 3kg for every year of work. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Promotion and Additional Work Responsibilities

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!)

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5 Ways to Stay Happy at Work

By: Durga Elamaran

If Mondays are bad, Sunday evenings are even worse. The thought of returning to work the next day can easily dampen your mood, making it difficult for you to enjoy the last bits of the weekend. With such a mind-set though, you can’t expect to have a satisfying week ahead.

Work shouldn’t end up being something we dread, especially since we spend plenty of our waking hours at work. Here are 5 simple tips that could help you stay motivated and happy at work.

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Why Weekends Should Be Off-Limits

By: Durga Elamaran

Bob the Builder says, “Yes we can!”, while most of us working adults would say, “Yes weekend!” There’s always a buzz in the air when Wednesday hits, what with the countdown to the weekend after five days of hard work and sweat.

Of course, there are also the unfortunate ones who are required to work on weekends. But no matter how tight deadlines may be, none deserves to work seven days a week. All work and no play is an awful reality, and unless your life is all about your career, you should be taking a break during weekends.

Here are three reasons why the weekends should be untouched by work.
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Survey Results: One in Four Singapore Workers Have an Auspicious Practice at Work, according to a JobsCentral Survey

By Jonathan Tay

Would you don work clothes of a specific colour or avoid going to work on ominous dates, if doing so would improve your fortunes and career success? An online study conducted by the JobsCentral Group in mid-2013 that surveyed 3,568 Singapore workers discovered that more than a quarter of respondents (28 per cent) follow auspicious practices to help boost their success at work.

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Survey: The Excuses You Should Never Use When Calling in Sick

By Susan Ricker

If your alarm clock’s going off but you still want more sleep, your friend’s in town for the weekend, there’s a home project you’d like more time to work on or your DVR is about to reach its limit of saved shows, you’ve probably considered calling in sick from work.

On the flip side, there are days when your throat is scratchy, nose is runny and a killer headache is just around the corner, but you’ve still gone in to work. In fact, 30 per cent of employees say they’ve gone to work despite actually being sick in order to save their sick days for when they’re feeling well, according to a national CareerBuilder survey of more than 3,400 workers and 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes. (Read More Here!)

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