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Rules for hugging at the workplace

By: Durga Elamaran

A sincere hug can be emotionally uplifting, especially during a trying period. It is said that a hug is warmer than a heap of blankets and more meaningful than a pile of words – and less destructive than indulging in a tub of ice cream!

However, hugs lie within a grey area at the workplace. While hugging at work is not illegal, it isn’t always well-received. Some may welcome your warm embrace while others appreciate more personal space.

During personal occasions, such as news of pregnancy or a personal tragedy, a brief hug (not more than three seconds) could be appropriate. But there are times when hugging can cause discomfort and unnecessary tension amongst co-workers. Here are 5 rules to abide by when it comes to workplace hugging.

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Do you have a job related to your college major?

One-third of college-educated workers say they don’t

When I was in college, I had trouble deciding what to eat for lunch every day or which bar to go to on a Saturday night, so when it came to choosing my college major, I was overwhelmed to say the least. I knew what I liked to do – write – but I didn’t know which major would be the most interesting to me and would help me get a job after college. I ultimately chose journalism, and I’ve since had jobs related to the field of study, but for many college students, the career they have after college ends up looking very different than what they’d envisioned when they picked their major.

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How to Prepare for Applying on a Form Application

Form applications may bring back memories of jobs you had in high school or college. But the truth is that many jobs you’ll apply for today will require applications. It’s a company’s way of getting standard information from every applicant and ensuring uniformity and fairness for all who apply.

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3 Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Photo credits: Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection

By: Durga Elamaran

The late Sir Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Born on January 15 1929, King had always been a bright and ambitious individual. He entered college at 15 and stood high in the world by the age of 27. Even though he was offered numerous high paying jobs, he chose to fight for the freedom and rights of his fellow African-Americans, inspiring people around the world with his leadership and vision. Here are three leadership lessons that we can learn from the extraordinary Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian.(Read More Here!)

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Making a Lasting Impact


Foo Qi Hui


Glenda Chiang Cheow Hwee

Teachers are more than merely imparters of knowledge – they shape and influence the young lives under their charge, helping their students realise all that they can be. We meet two teachers who share with us more about their roles beyond the classroom.

By Gerald Goh

A common passion to make a positive impact on young lives led 30-year-old Physical Education Teacher, Foo Qi Hui and 26-year-old English and Mathematics Teacher, Glenda Chiang to join teaching. Although there are challenges they face in the course of their career, both agree that teaching is an absolutely rewarding profession and they would not trade it for any other.(Read More Here!)

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Nurturing the Seeds of Sustainable Development in Singapore


Grace Yang

As the leading Industrial Infrastructure Innovator in Singapore, JTC Corporation places great emphasis on developing the country – and its employees – in a vibrant, viable manner.

By Gerald Goh

Singapore’s population continues to climb well above five million, and ensuring that our country’s development remains environmentally sustainable for us and for the generations to come is a key goal of the JTC Corporation.

With that in mind, JTC’s CleanTech Park (CTP) is the location of choice for forward-thinking organisations that embrace an environmentally sustainable business model. It recently won a BCA Platinum Green Mark for Districts Award. Launched in 2009, this award recognises sustainable developmental practices – such as measures to improve energy- and water- efficiency – in planning, design and implementation. The CTP is the first development to attain the highest Green Mark Platinum rating since the launch of the BCA Greenmark for Districts scheme.(Read More Here!)

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What ARE you doing all day at work?

I once had a job where, after four months in the office, I still couldn’t pinpoint exactly what one person did. She and I would be in the same meetings, but she didn’t say or do anything that hinted at her professional purpose. Not once did we collaborate on a project, though we made polite conversation in the hallways. When I asked my boss about this person’s role, I received an eye roll and a shrug. In other words, no one knew what this person with a vague job title spent her time doing.

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The soft skills you need as a doctor

When you see a doctor, you like to know that he has had the proper education and is experienced in his specialty area. It’s also helpful to know whether others have had good experiences with the doctor during their visits. While medical skills are important, a good part of what makes doctors well-regarded by others is their soft skills.

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They Keep Your World Moving


Syed Mubarak Bin Subukutheen


Yeo Yan Qing Priscilla

Set up in 1995 with the merger of four public sector entities, the LTA is dedicated to developing a land transport system for all residents of Singapore. Helping the LTA to achieve that is a team of talented and hardworking engineers on the ground. BrightMinds speaks to two of them.

By Farhan Shah

Whether you are a fresh graduate just about to take your first few steps in your career or a harried student oscillating between social commitments and project meetings, you will definitely be touched by the invisible hand of the Land Transport Authority of Singapore (LTA) in your everyday travels, whether on the roads, the buses or the trains.

An efficient transport system is the foundation of a productive country, enabling people from all walks of life to reach their destinations in a timely manner, and in Singapore, much of the country’s economic success can be attributed to the finesse and vision of the LTA.(Read More Here!)

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