work-life balance

Q&A: Many of My Co-Workers Often Work Overtime. Should I Follow Suit?

By Priya Sunil

Working overtime may seem like a norm in many companies, and you might feel guilty or inadequate if you find that you're the only one leaving on time. So should you stay behind and work more just because your co-workers are doing so? (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How do I Have Work-Life Balance?

Question: My work is overwhelming me and I barely have any time for myself. My stress from work is also straining my relationships with my loved ones and my family. What can I do?

Answer: Trying to dredge a semblance of a work-life balance from your hectic schedule is a constant bugbear for many working professionals in Singapore. As the projects begin to pile up, you often find yourself having to take work home and slog through it late into the night. (Read More Here!)

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Why Singapore Working Parents Should Have Easy Access to a Children’s Crèche

By Durga Elamaran

Given the rising cost of living and hectic lifestyle in Singapore, married couples are often dual-income earners just to support their family and save up for the future. And when it comes to having children, working parents often hire a maid, turn to relatives or utilise childcare services.

These options are effective, but they each have their own shortcomings. So why not consider a children’s crèche instead? Similar to a childcare centre, a children’s crèche is an on-site facility at a sufficiently large workplace which provides your child with a play area and other necessities while you’re at work, with the added benefit of having your child close. Here are some advantages of a children’s crèche: (Read More Here!)

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Work Yourself to Death? No Thanks!

By: Gerald Goh

Having a good work-life balance is a perennial bugbear for many working Singaporeans, so much so that the prospect of having to work more than eight hours on any given workday is enough fuel to set off a firestorm of griping.

Eat your hearts out, Singaporeans. The UK’s Daily Mail recently reported that a 21-year-old intern reportedly worked himself to death. And to add insult to injury, the poor intern was only looked for after he missed roll call and was subsequently found dead in the shower by his flatmate. (Read More Here!)

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I Quit! Now give me a Ladle

By: Alythea Ho

Last week, I blogged about how I quit my job to go on a sabbatical.

To my surprise, it inched its way into the lifestyle section’s popular list. When a career post is up there with “’10 reasons to avoid dating a metrosexual guy”’, you know there’s something about work-life balance (or lack thereof) that resonates with Singapore workers.

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Take a sabbatical from work? Yes, please!

By: Alythea Ho

Recently I went on a three-month sabbatical. Against every pragmatic Singaporean fibre in my being, I took the plunge and told my boss I needed a break.

Translation: I’m tired of crawling to work every Monday morning. I quit.

Yes, so I left my job. Because I planned ahead, my world didn’t collapse overnight. Bills were still paid on time. I didn’t wake in the middle of the night screaming like a fiend about ‘zero bank accounts’.

Instead, I took the opportunity to benefit from…

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Singapore workers happiest since 2009 but Work Happiness Score still pretty lackluster

By Shi Tianyun

While Singapore workers are the happiest at work since 2009, they are still in a category that puts them in the “less moderately happy” lot.

A total of 3,299 respondents took the 2012 JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator Survey, which was conducted online from September to October this year. This survey has been conducted every year since 2009.

2012’s overall average Work Happiness Indicator score of 59.8 out of 100 is a 4.1 percent increase from last year’s 57.4. However, while there is an improvement, Singapore workers are still in the “less than moderately happy” category.

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Are You a Corporate Zombie? 5 tips to maintain work-life balance

By Farhan Shah

Singaporeans are a stressed lot.

Numerous survey results have shown that Singaporeans work up to 45.9 hours a week, when the global average is 38.2 hours. Furthermore, with smartphones becoming a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, the line between our personal and corporate lives is slowly becoming smudged, according to a survey by Randstad.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, 69% of Singaporeans regularly tune in to work outside office hours, higher than the regional average of 66%.

Our pursuit for perfection and efficiency is almost legendary but at what cost to our health and most importantly, our lives?

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