Career Resources

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!)

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!)

Mental Health Issues at Work

By Deanna Bonaparte

Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. He says, “But doctor.… I am Pagliacci.”

Following the recent death of Robin Williams, the spotlight has been thrown on depression and those who suffer in silence. While many across the world listened incredulously as news of Williams’ depression broke – how could a man who built his career on bringing laughter to others be depressed? – there are others who may sit meekly or just as cheerily in their seats as they, too, skid down a slippery slope if not taken care of. Mental health issues – distant and abstract when they don’t touch our lives – are very real, and our everyday workspaces can be festering grounds for them. (Read More Here!)

Imagining Tomorrow’s Workplace II: Machine Learning in the Cloud

By Koh Wanzi

“Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource,” says Greg DeMichillie, the director of product management for Google’s public cloud.

Cloud computing allows companies to channel this abundance of computing power in the form of millions of computers in networks around the globe, enabling them to carry out complex tasks such as data processing and analysis with minimal manpower and costs. (Read More Here!)

Language Barriers: The Patriarchal Nature of Office Jargon

By Koh Wanzi

We talked about the drawbacks of workplace jargon last week and how it can make you appear less trustworthy and hinder clear communication and action. We’ll discuss a more specific nature of office jargon today – how it affects women in the workplace. (Read More Here!)