Workplace

The Importance of Workplace Diversity

By Desiree Yang

As a multi-racial, cosmopolitan business hub, Singapore has only seen its diverse workforce become even more diverse. As of 2013, 66 per cent of the 1.46 million non-resident population was employed in lower/semi-skilled, mid-level skilled or higher-skilled positions. With a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita of S$69,050 in 2013 – one of the highest in the world – such diversity has clearly positioned Singapore for global success. But while it’s important for companies to know how to go about increasing diversity in the workplace, it is equally important for them to know exactly why it’s encouraged. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Take a Promotion Without a Raise?

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!)

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How SaaS has Re-Shaped the Hiring Landscape

By Koh Wanzi

When hiring managers want to fill a position, they will put up a job advertisement via print and/or online channels. They will then (passively) await applications from interested jobseekers before shortlisting appropriate candidates for an interview. As you can imagine, this traditional hiring model has its limitations. Modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) hiring models, such as the Talent Network (TN), promise to revolutionise the hiring landscape by helping employers like yourself build up a ‘talent pipeline’ to gain access to a far larger pool of potential hires and fill vacant positions promptly. (Read More Here!)

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When Your Employees' Transgressions Become Your Own

By Desiree Yang

A company’s employees are a reflection of management and their unique brand of leadership – they are essentially the management’s responsibility. Hence, when an employee makes a mistake, a portion of the blame will always land squarely on the shoulders of management no matter the nature or severity of the blunder. And since it is near impossible for managers to be aware of every single thing that goes on in their department – especially if it is a large one – it is indeed a bitter pill to swallow when they find themselves having to answer for their employees’ missteps. Fortunately, there are practical steps that managers can take to tackle such sticky situations. (Read More Here!)

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Dress Codes: A Human Resource Perspective

By Koh Wanzi

Dressing well is all about the image. Company-wide dress codes often provide useful ways for companies to project a desired image, keep up with norms in the industry or enforce professional consistency in employees’ sartorial choices. Walmart moved in September to change its dress code policy to require employees to don collared shirts and khaki pants, sparking an outcry among the ranks of its 1.3 million US employees. The world’s largest retailer serves as a test case for companies considering similar moves, according to Deborah Weinstein, a lecturer in legal studies and business ethics at Wharton. And with some employees complaining that they cannot afford to adhere to the new dress code because of their meagre pay, Walmart has come under a hailstorm of publicity for its decision, providing lessons for other employers to draw from. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: How Can I Prepare for My Year-End Performance Evaluation?

Question: I’m due for my year-end performance review soon. I want to make it a productive experience. How can I prepare myself for the review process and the feedback I will receive?

Answer: Annual performance reviews are a routine at many companies, but even if you’re confident that you’ve done a good job this year, these year-end reviews are still capable of generating their fair share of anxiety. (Read More Here!)

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All in the Name of Productivity

By Desiree Yang

Some companies have taken to monitoring their employees’ every move via closed-circuit cameras (CCTVs) or tracking their computer and phone usage – in a bid to maximise productivity in the workplace. However, Chicago company WaterSaver Faucet has gone one step further and now limits its employees’ bathroom breaks to a mere six minutes per day or 30 minutes per week, because it thought some of its employees were spending an excessive amount of time in the bathroom. To add on, a swipe-card system has been installed to track employees’ bathroom usage. Disciplinary action – not excluding the possible termination of the employee – is taken against employees who exceed this limit. A reward system is also in place, with gift cards being awarded to those who don’t use the bathroom at all during working hours. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I Hire Ex-Employees?

Question: An ex-employee of my company recently contacted us to inquire about a job position that opened up. Should I consider hiring him/her for the position?

Answer: In recent years, the re-hiring of boomerang employees – individuals who leave a company in pursuit of other opportunities only to return some time later – has become an increasingly popular practice among companies. If an employee did not leave on bad terms, hiring managers might be tempted to re-hire someone whom they are already familiar with, especially if the person was previously a capable employee. Every hiring decision comes with its own risks, and employers may just prefer to take their chances with someone they already know. (Read More Here!)

Multi-Generational Worforces

By Desiree Yang

Singapore was dubbed ‘a wealthy nation that can’t afford to retire’ in an article published by CNBC in February last year, with factors such as the high cost of living and increased life expectancy being cited as reasons why many individuals continue working past the statutory minimum retirement age of 62 years. To add on, the Singapore Government has promised to increase its efforts to support citizens who wish to continue working past their retirement age. The Retirement and Re-Employment Act (RRA) was amended to require employers to offer re-employment to eligible employees who turn 62, up to age 65. In addition, other efforts have been put in place to support citizens who want to work longer – the construction of the Devan Nair Institute, a seven-storey complex located in Jurong East, will provide a wide range of sectorial and generic skills-training opportunities. (Read More Here!)

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