Career Resources

Tension on the Formula One Grid: Takeaways for the Workplace

By Desiree Yang

Whether you’re a fan of Formula One or not, you should be no stranger to the deafening engines that have hit the Marina Bay Street Circuit every year in September since 2008, right here on our sunny shores. The 2014 F1 World Championship which began in Australia in March has seen a considerable amount of drama since the early stages of the race.

When the championship landed in Monaco in late May, the spotlight was on the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team as an air of hostility descended over childhood friends and now teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton – all because Hamilton was prevented from challenging for pole position after yellow flags were raised when Rosberg crashed during the qualifying round. Rosberg then went on to claim the win on race day.

With all this talk about tension, rivalry and hostility, here are some takeaways from the entire debacle that can be applied to the workplace at a managerial level. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: I was promoted above my peers. How do I manage them now?

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!)

Tuning In To Your Employees’ Emotions

By Deanna Bonaparte

In the past, managers were traditionally expected to take a stern no-nonsense approach to any employee who happened to have an emotional reaction in the office. After all, they could not afford to condone behaviour that might potentially thwart said employees’ focus and bring down the team’s morale and productivity. They recognised that unchecked emotions opened the gateway to unprofessionalism, unsavoury office politics and unhappiness among co-workers. As they rationalised it, workers were here to work, not to be mollycoddled or soothed.

But the practice of managing people has undergone a paradigm shift in recent years, where the intuitive and compassionate manager of people is increasingly favoured over the harsh taskmaster. An increasingly valued skill in managers today is the ability to tune in to their employees’ emotions and state of mind, identify potential problems and act accordingly. (Read More Here!)

Leveraging on SaaS in the Workplace

In his May Day message in April this year, labour chief and National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) head Lim Swee Say noted that Singapore’s labour market is set to remain tight until 2030.

The competition for good workers is stiffer than ever, and only the better employers can continue to attract and retain the best employees. In order to position themselves to attract the best and brightest, employers are increasingly pursuing solutions that enable them to build up their brand as a top employer, reach out to the entirety of the talent pool and access powerful application-tracking analytics that help them to streamline and tweak their hiring processes. (Read More Here!)

Paperless Workplaces: Yay or Nay?

By Desiree Yang

When Amazon released its very own smartphone – the Amazon Fire – in June this year, many were certain that its much-touted Firefly feature was set to revolutionise the world of e-commerce and shopping. Firefly essentially bridges the gap between the virtual and physical world, allowing users to scan items they see in brick-and-mortar stores, load the relevant Amazon listing and make a purchase online.

In the same way, workplaces have undergone a rapid digitalisation that has led to the birth of the notion that we might one day transition entirely to paperless workplaces. However, not only are paperless workplaces costly and unsuitable for some companies, they also open the door to other problems such as a widening gap between employees’ skills and the technology installed in the workplace. This ultimately results in a decrease in efficiency overall. It really makes one wonder – how feasible is it for workplaces to go paperless? Or would simply reducing the amount of paper used in the office be a better bet? (Read More Here!)

Should You Go For Coffee or Tea?

By Deanna Bonaparte

While it may seem like a mundane question, there are studies that indicate that different personalities are drawn towards and work better with either coffee or tea. Studies have shown that people who prefer coffee tend to be strongly represented by the extroverted “sanguine” and “choleric” temperament groups of Galen’s personality type theory, while those who favour tea fit in better with the introverted “phlegmatic” and “melancholic” temperament groups.

Coffee and tea aficionados swear by the unique attractions and appeal of their favourite caffeinated concoction. Often offered up as a polarising choice at many eateries, your choice between the two may say more about you than your preference for tea leaves or coffee beans. (Read More Here!)

Imagining Tomorrow’s Workplace III: The Rise of Robot Bosses

By Deanna Bonaparte

With advancing technology paving the way for greater communication, greater reach and greater connection between bosses and employees even on the weekends, coupled with the constant prompt to accelerate productivity in the workplace, it is not hard to argue that your boss is akin to a fast-paced machine. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Can I Use Social Media to Grow My Business Effectively?

Question: I’m looking to grow my business outside of the traditional advertising mediums. Given that millions of people check their social media feeds daily, how can I use social media effectively to grow and market my business?

Answer: We live in a time when technology has redefined much of what we know. Businesses are no longer confined to brick and mortar establishments, and marketing tactics have transcended traditional means like newspapers, magazines and television and taken to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (Read More Here!)

Can Workplace Surveillance be Productive?

By Koh Wanzi

We’ve looked at the possible negative repercussions of workplace surveillance before. However, there might just be an upside to monitoring worker activity – being able to objectively quantify productivity can help companies tweak their productivity-boosting measures and promote the most efficient employees.

While the issue of privacy will never go away, when carried out judiciously, workplace surveillance can help companies find out what works and what doesn’t. (Read More Here!)

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!)