Career Resources

Q&A: My Colleague Frequently Views Inappropriate Content at Work. What Can I Do?

Question: My colleague frequently views inappropriate websites and videos at his workstation. No one seems to be doing anything about it. What can I do?

Answer: Oh, the tantalising hint of lasciviousness in the workplace! Lewd jokes aside, your colleague’s actions constitute a serious matter that should be handled carefully as it can severely affect workplace productivity.

This is especially disruptive in open-concept workplaces where a passerby can see what most workers are doing at a glance. What could be more distracting than knowing (or seeing) that your colleague is blatantly consuming Not Safe for Work (NSFW) content – and while you are busy working on your drab monthly report? (Read More Here!)

Wielding the Double-Edged Sword of Social Media in Your Job Search

By Koh Wanzi

In the digital age, where everything is literally at your fingertips, we may merrily abandon paper trails in favour of digital ones when it comes to job-hunting. But though you would not leave personal information or pictures lying around for anyone to find, many people are in fact doing the digital equivalent of this online. (Read More Here!)

Setting up Your Own Cafe - What You Should Know

By Deanna Bonaparte

In recent years, an artisanal café wave has been sweeping Singapore, spearheaded by a fresh crop of young graduates with bright, entrepreneurial minds.

Local culture brews up the regular visitation of cafés as social, affluent, and downright hip. Given the avid patronage of young student muggers, Singaporeans’ experimental palates and the national pastime of eating, setting up a café can be a tantalising taste of a profitable business. But if your would-be café is to appeal to the cake sage, latte lover and occasional hipster, here are some (of the many) things you need to know before you can realise your culinary dreams. (Read More Here!)

Rights for Disabled Workers

By Deanna Bonaparte

Progress towards a flexible and inclusive society in Singapore cannot be only reliant on Government policies laid out in black and white. The ownership of this initiative should be on society as a whole (and this includes the workplace) in adopting the spirit of convention and inclusivity.

In fact, 4 per cent of the nation’s population – about 150,000 people – is less-than-abled. And with this number set to rise, it is pertinent for the workplace to accept and adapt to persons with disabilities.

What kind of measures should be adopted to ensure the inclusivity of disabled workers in the workplace? Here are some pointers on how companies can create a friendlier work environment for everybody. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: My Colleague's Desk is Attracting Pests. What Can I Do?

Question: My colleague's desk is attracting pests. What can I do?

Answer: Ahh, the whiff of pestilence! A desk littered with snack wrappers and crumbs is a sure-fire way to attract all manner of foraging critters and bugs. Pests in the workplace (no, not your irritating co-workers) are a huge nuisance, contributing to the spread of illnesses and occasionally scaring the galumphing human occupants. (Read More Here!)

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!)

Why We Should Embrace Bring Your Own Device Day

By Koh Wanzi

While an obscure acronym at first glance, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Day is a growing trend in 21st century workplaces where workers are encouraged to use their own devices—be it their phone, tablet, or personal computer – at work.

In fact, a 2013 TechInsights Report found that 39 per cent of businesses in Singapore listed BYOD as the top priority in their list of enterprise mobility initiatives. Enterprise mobility refers to a shift in business practices where employees increasingly work outside the office but are also required to access secure corporate data. (Read More Here!)

Online Entrepreneurs: 4 Things You Should Be Aware Of

By Deanna Bonaparte

A great advantage of being an online entrepreneur (who relies on e-commerce, rather than a brick-and-mortar presence) is the ability to work whenever, wherever, and however. This might suggest that you’d have greater flexibility for family and leisure activities, but the truth is that online entrepreneurs are in control of their own failure and success, and this can become very daunting very quickly. Here are 4 things to note before you become an online entrepreneur. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: Breaking The Ice

Question: I'm new at my workplace. How do I break the ice with my colleagues?

Answer: Congrats for landing a new job! With that out of the way, being a raw novice in any environment can be hard – though we all have the innate desire to fit in, breaking the ice with total strangers can be a troublesome, arduous process. It takes a certain finesse to conscientiously tread on the horizon of being nice enough without being too nice - and coming across as ‘fake’. (Read More Here!)

Back to Basics: The Back Rest

By Deanna Bonaparte

As office drones, we spend a lot of time sitting at our office desks each and every day, ignorant to the fact that this seemingly harmless (in)activity can take a toll on our physical well-being. In fact, you might already be familiar with your colleagues’ complaints about their backs being in serious need of a massage!

We brush it off with a laugh, but slouching and other undesirable sitting positions can cause pinched nerves on our shoulders and spine, ultimately producing persistent backaches. If you haven’t given much thought to the comfort of your workspace, it’s high time you give it an essential yet inexpensive ergonomic makeover – the office cushion. (Read More Here!)