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3 Grimiest and Dirtiest Jobs

By Durga Elamaran

If you think handling clients’ requests is the pits, think again. There are actually some individuals out there who are brave enough to take up jobs that most others wouldn’t be able to handle for a single day.

But if you dread your desk-bound job and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then one of these grimy jobs might be your cup of tea!(Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My Colleague Just Got Promoted. Should I Befriend Her?

Question: My co-worker’s a nice bubbly gal and we're pretty good friends. We even hang out after work and do things like booze together. Then last week she was promoted and now I report to her. She keeps assuring us we can still hang out but I’m not sure if things are still the same. So how?

Answer: Before we go into that, ask yourself first: Are you happy for her? Sometimes people resent the fact their colleague had been chosen for promotion over them and start shutting their new boss out. This is probably why your co-worker seems anxious to assure you that things are the same. (Read More Here!)

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5 Design Tips to Boost Workplace Productivity

Fluorescent lights and boring white walls are so demotivating and passé. Try these workplace design tips that are backed by research to help transform your office into a hub of productivity and focus.

By: Alythea Ho

Need to boost focus and productivity among your staff? Try making some changes to your workplace design. More businesses today seek new ways to build productivity by rearranging and remodeling office spaces – and you don’t have to be Google or Facebook to have an office that helps your staff feel motivated and focused. (Read More Here!)

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The Cyber Security Warriors - Life On the Edge


Ng Kian Yong


Soon Fu Xiang

They secure your information, protect your data and keep an eagle eye out for emerging hacking threats that will imperil national security. In this day and age, terrorism has evolved into 1’s and 0’s, and these two officers in CSIT are evolving right alongside this paradigm shift.

By Farhan Shah

Threats can come in any shape, size and form, and while the terrorists of yesteryear were stereotypically shifty-eyed, sweating and suspicious, the terrorists of today have evolved into something even more malevolent – and they can strike from anywhere in the world from the comfort of their desk chairs.

All they need is a computer, a working Internet connection and the smarts to exploit vulnerabilities in any country’s computing framework. The recent hacking of Eu Yan Sang’s website in July by a group of Indonesian hackers, while not carried out with malicious intent, underscores the importance of a strong and vigilant cyber security team.

Meet two of the officers in the Centre for Strategic Infocomm Technologies (CSIT) under the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) responsible for spotting and mitigating ever-evolving infocomm security threats to defence, 30-year-old Manager of Cyber Security Research, Soon Fu Xiang, and 28-year-old Telecom Security Engineer, Ng Kian Yong.

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How to Avoid Repeating Your Parents' Career Mistakes

Stuck in an unsatisfying career? Face those skellies in the cupboard and regain control over your career – you might just be living out your parents’ career mistakes.

By: Alythea Ho

People often feel mortified when they realize they’ve started behaving like their parents. You know, stuff like nicking extra napkins from restaurants and the rest of those awful habits you swore never to do when you reached their age. It’s annoying but quite understandable -- our parents are our first teachers. We adopt many of their thinking patterns subconsciously, whether we want to or not.

So if you’re stuck in an unsatisfying job, have a think first over a potential source of your career values -- your parents. Did your father make a mess of his career and placed all his hopes of success on you? Or maybe your mother insisted you should always stay safe by avoiding challenging (but more rewarding) jobs? (Read More Here!)

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Never a Dull Moment


Daphne Wee Miaoyu


Thomas Zhuo Dianyun

Throughout the country’s evolution, the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board has remained true to its mission of enabling Singaporeans to enjoy a secure retirement in their golden years. Two CPF Board scholars shed some light on the enriching and dynamic career that one can look forward to at the CPF Board.

By Julailah Wahid

Through lifelong income, healthcare and home financing, the CPF Board strives to enable Singaporeans to have a secure retirement. As a firm believer of saving for retirement, this mission resonated strongly with 25-year-old Daphne Wee Miaoyu, who then wasted no time in applying for the CPF Mid-Term Undergraduate Scholarship while studying at Nanyang Technological University.

Similarly, 27-year-old Thomas Zhuo Dianyun, a fellow CPF Mid-Term Undergraduate scholar, had always wanted to play a part in touching the lives of Singaporeans. After all, many working Singaporeans have benefitted from CPF savings, which also contribute to family protection and asset enhancement.

A Rewarding and Meaningful Career

Having launched their careers in the Policy department at the CPF Board, both Daphne and Thomas are now taking on operational roles. As a Manager in the Lifelong Income department, Daphne puts procedures, processes and systems in place based on the objectives of the CPF Lifelong Income For the Elderly (CPF LIFE) Scheme, which is a national annuity scheme that provides CPF members with a monthly payout for as long as they live. On the flipside, Thomas’s role as an Assistant Manager in the Investigation and Compliance department is to ensure that employers and businesses contribute CPF for their employees. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: My colleague asked me for feedback. He's smart and efficient, but can be a real dominating ***** during meetings. Should I tell him the truth?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: Recently my colleague pulled me aside and asked me to give feedback on how he conducts meetings. He's smart and efficient, but during discussions he can be a real dominating *****! I told him I'll think about it, but should I tell him the truth? While we’re not from the same team, I don't want to cause awkwardness in the office.

Answer: Good question. Feedback has gotten a bit of a bad rap among employees. You give feedback in your company and it either a) vanishes into the great bureaucratic unknown, or b) becomes the prelude to the next office Armageddon.

In this case however, your colleague has actively sought your feedback. This shows he has some level of trust and confidence in your opinions. Perhaps he heard what people have been saying about him and wants to change, which is commendable. Most people would rather justify their behaviour than seek improvement.

So here’s a tip: be Constructive, not Critical (Read More Here!)

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Workplace Monsters

By Durga Elamaran

Forget Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Chucky (Child’s Play) and Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th). Believe it or not, your favourite Halloween monsters could actually be lurking in your workplace. They may not have mangled faces or chase you around the office with chainsaws (in which case, you are in deep trouble), but their mere presence is enough to make your skin crawl.

Here’s how you can deal with the three most common monsters in the workplace.

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Rolling Contracts – The Way Forward for Future Jobs?

By Durga Elamaran

In Singapore, having a permanent job is necessary for most, if not all of us. But recently, more companies have begun offering fixed-term contracts as a long-term alternative to permanent positions. These so-called rolling contract positions are only renewed at the organisation’s discretion, although most usually are (making them functionally equivalent to a permanent position, but without the job security). (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: I'm afraid I can't meet my year-end KPIs. What should I do?

By: Alythea Ho

Question: Help! Ok I know this sounds paranoid but I think I can’t meet my KPIs for this year. My boss and I have quite an OK working relationship, but I’m afraid after this I’ll have no chance for a promotion. It’s almost year-end, so what do I do now?

Answer: Ah yes, it’s that time of the year again when the terrors of missed-KPIs start crawling out of the woodwork. First, calm down. You’re not alone in your worries. In fact, not meeting performance goals and targets was voted the top workplace phobia among Singapore workers.

While we cannot help you magically hit your KPIs in a few weeks, here are a few things you can consider to help in ‘mitigating’ a potentially negative performance appraisal: (Read More Here!)

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