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Singapore’s Road Warriors: After-School Job or Full-Time Career?

By Koh Wanzi

It’s been a long workday and the evening somnolence is already creep upon you – the idea of someone delivering grub to your door while you put your feet up sounds very enticing. Fast-food delivery may very well be the best idea since sliced bread, especially when the company delivery men simply materialise at our doorstep with hot, tasty fare.

Although fast-food deliverymen are the epitome of professionalism, clad in the company uniform with motorcycle helmet (very few deliverymen can afford a car) and matching delivery bag slung over their shoulder, they are often under-appreciated in their line of work. (Read More Here!)

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A Tribute to Single Working Parents

By Jeremy Cheong

Single working parents unite! In the US, 21 March as National Single Parents Day to create awareness of the need to applaud what hardworking single parents do each and every day in raising their children. In honour and recognition of the hard work and sacrifices of single parenting, as a society we should understand that raising children is no easy feat in today’s world, and what more as single working parent. (Read More Here!)

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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!)

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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!)

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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!)

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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!)

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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!)

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How to Ace Your Job Interview with the Right Body Language

By Jeremy Cheong

Job interviews are an inherently stressful affair. Some candidates tend to fidget during the job interview, which can range from touching one’s hair to slouching too much. The former reveals your nervousness while the latter implies a lack of confidence.

You might be surprised at how your body language is giving you away – in fact, experts have determined that 93 per cent of all daily communication between individuals is nonverbal. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Promotion and Additional Work Responsibilities

Question: I’ve been with my company for a couple of years and recently requested for a promotion – but I’ve been told by my superior that this will mean taking on additional work responsibilities. Is this fair?

Answer: In a nutshell – of course it is! Many employees often gripe about being loaded with additional work with no pay increment, and with good reason – no one likes to feel exploited. In such a situation, it’s only fair to ask for additional remuneration to accompany an increase in workplace responsibilities.

Nevertheless, the flip side of this equation also means that the company will likely require the employee to raise their performance and/or shoulder additional responsibilities if a promotion (with a pay increment) is granted. Your eventual promotion within the company thus hinges on a few factors. (Read More Here!)

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3 Ways to Ward off a Food Coma

By Deanna Bonaparte

Ever felt a bout of postprandial somnolence (aka ‘food coma’ or ‘post-makan¬-syndrome’)? Postprandial somnolence (henceforth referred to as PS), which usually hits you right after the buzz of lunchtime and is responsible for the energetic crash following a good meal, is a fusion of chemical reactions that will leave you feeling physically sleepy and mentally drained. (Read More Here!)

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