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A Merry Workplace Christmas

By Durga Elamaran

Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh, hey!

It’s that time of the year for the big guy in red to climb down our chimneys (in Singapore, perhaps up the rubbish chute?) and leave us gifts of joy.

Christmas is a magical holiday and we’re all eager to celebrate this joyous occasion with our loved ones. And if even you’re required to work on Christmas Eve, no reason to despair – there are numerous reasons to bring the festive mood into the office.(Read More Here!)

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Collecting Smiles


Wong Choon Kait


Chua Swee Chin

A non-event for most workers and businesses, the filing and paying of taxes can be easily done with a few clicks, if at all. Walk-in taxpayers enjoy fast and friendly service amidst the ring of the counter dashboard and murmur of voices at the IRAS Taxpayers Service Centre. However, few are aware of the ‘taxing’ work behind closed doors which makes this possible.

By Gerald Goh

In less than a decade, IRAS has realised its dream of serving taxpayers round-the-clock by introducing a personalised online tax portal – myTax Portal. Besides e-filing, taxpayers can now check their tax accounts, pay taxes, update contact details and retrieve documents sent by IRAS in a safe and secure online environment.

This would not be possible without the efforts of IRAS officers like Chua Swee Chin, a 27-year old Senior Infocomm Officer. Swee Chin comments, “We are able to keep the taxpaying community’s personal information secure because our IT systems are highly protected.”(Read More Here!)

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Gatekeepers at Singapore’s Borders


Roger Chen Zhongfu

The momentous duty of ensuring that no dangers enter Singapore rests upon the shoulders of the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). One ICA officer tells us more about his duty in helping to secure the country’s national boundaries at the Woodlands Checkpoint, one of the busiest in the world.

By Gerald Goh

ICA is the lead agency in safeguarding Singapore’s borders and is the first line of defence against security and immigration threats at its sea, air and land checkpoints. The bustling Woodlands Checkpoint is one such nexus where ICA officers have to be constantly vigilant in preventing attempts to smuggle in undesirable individuals, drugs, weapons, explosives and other contrabands. The Woodlands Anti-Smuggling and Profiling (WASP) Team plays a key role in thwarting such smuggling attempts. 32-year-old ICA officer and WASP Team member Roger Chen takes time out of his busy schedule to tell us more about the magnitude of his work.

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Should I go to a JC or Poly?

By Durga Elamaran

Upon completion of secondary school, many will have one similar uncertainty in mind – to choose between Junior College (JC) and Polytechnic. Beyond prestige, you should consider a tertiary institution that suits your interests, passion and career goals. After all, you would not want to be under unnecessary pressure or stress at a tertiary institution where the standards are beyond your capabilities. So here are some tips to help you in your decision-making process:(Read More Here!)

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Growing Up with Taxation


Eoon Ziluan Bena


Pek Zhiyu Zander

Numbers and taxes may sound like a dreary combination, but two Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) officers show us just how engaging a dynamic and challenging career with the tax administration can be.

By Gerald Goh

There are few constants in life, and one of them has to be having to pay your taxes. But not everyone might realise the important role taxation plays in nation-building, nor the fact that taxes account for approximately 75 per cent of the government’s operating revenue.

As the administrator of tax policies, IRAS boasts more than two decades of excellent service and strong partnership with taxpayers in creating a competitive tax environment for Singapore’s continued economic growth. Bena Eoon, a Senior Tax Officer with the Corporate Tax Division - Small Corporations Branch, is especially well-placed in describing how progressive tax policies can help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore thrive.(Read More Here!)

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3 Counterintuitive Tips for Setting Better Work Goals for your Team

Do you know that being too specific could actually harm your work goals' success? We suggest three (possibly) counter-intuitive tips to help you set better goals for your team.

By: Alythea Ho

The ability to set good work goals is essential for any manager who wants to effectively manage his or her team. Clear, well-defined goals help your staff see where they’re headed towards and what each of them needs to do to get the desired results.

When it comes to goal-setting, most people know the usual how-tos – be specific, stretch your team, keep them measurable etc. Yet it’s possible to go overboard in goal-setting, and you end up with a series of goals that demotivate your staff and achieve far below their intended purposes. (Read More Here!)

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At the Vanguard of Defence Technology


Ng Jianhao

The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) offers stellar opportunities for aspiring individuals to develop innovative technological solutions that contribute to Singapore’s defence and security. Meet Ng Jianhao, who shares how he has benefited from these learning and development opportunities and forged a meaningful career in defence engineering.

By Png Han Yong

As a young boy, Ng Jianhao often enjoyed taking apart objects such as LEGO blocks or stationery and reassembling them to make them ‘move’. A former Scout, he also revelled in various outdoor field craft activities such as constructing wooden structures. These hands-on experiences triggered an interest in how things work and led him to choose a path in engineering.

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3 Guilt-free Reasons for Taking Time-off from Work

Struggling to decide whether you should take leave and risk being perceived as a 'slacker'? Here are some guilt-free suggestions to help you get the rest that you deserve.

By: Alythea Ho

Holiday season may be just around the corner, but not everyone’s jumping onboard the vacation wagon like sleep-deprived bunnies. In fact, nearly half of Singapore workers say one of their biggest work fears is offending the boss.

John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, an organization focused on challenging the epidemic of overwork, says many employees often fear their workplace absence will be judged negatively.

"You have this kind of fear of not wanting to be seen as a slacker," says de Graaf to the BusinessNewsDaily.

However, studies show that long-term chronic stress will negatively affect your health and performance. So how do you go about overcoming the false guilt of being accused as someone who doesn't earn his or her keep at work? (Read More Here!)

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Taking the Lead in Driving Singapore’s Economy


Sean See Tho Kang Wei


Genevieve Ng Jing Wen

Two EDB Senior Officers tell us how meaningful and rewarding it is to be responsible for developing, strengthening and building next-generation industries for Singapore.

By Gerald Goh

For over half a century, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) has been the lead architect in shaping the Singapore economy, anchoring high-value activities and encouraging multi-national companies to use Singapore as their Home for Business, Innovation and Talent and thereby creating good jobs for Singaporeans.

The rising tide in Asia, which includes China, India and Singapore’s regional neighbours in Southeast Asia, creates immense opportunity for Singapore to entrench and strengthen its status as a premier global city in Asia. EDB will continue to play a critical role to keep Singapore’s economy at the forefront of industry, technology and business opportunities and constantly seeking new growth frontiers.

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Life Lessons from Dance

By Durga Elamaran

It’s been said that dance is the expression of the body and soul to articulate what words can’t, and in my experience that’s been very true! When I first started dancing at the age of 12, it allowed me to take a break from my routine and express my emotions – emotions that could not be fully shared with friends or family.

Having since been consumed with the demands of adult life, discontinuing my dancing was the only option. Nevertheless, my six years of experience in dance has left behind many meaningful life lessons. You would be surprised to know that many things you need to learn about life can be discovered through the art of dance!(Read More Here!)

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