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Poll Results: Which of these Employer actions infringes your privacy most?

With the aid of technological tools, it is now possible for employers to track their employees’ online activity during work hours.

While employers have the right to monitor their workers’ work performances and how company resources are being used, there’s a thin line between tracking and intruding upon an employee’s right to privacy.

According to a poll conducted by JobsCentral, from 8 January to 3 April 2013, most workers are put off by the idea of employers tracking their social media profiles.

Poll results: Do you agree that female employees should be entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave?

In a bid to boost the nation’s birth rate, the Singapore National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) has proposed paid maternity leave of 6 months for all female employees. The proposal however, has received mixed sentiments amongst the general public.

From 30 August to 21 September, 2012, a short poll was conducted by JobsCentral to find out what most Singapore workers think of an extended maternity leave. The poll gathered a total of 288 responses.

Poll Results: What is your greatest motivation in pursuing an MBA?

A Masters in Business Administration (or MBA) is an accredited post-graduate degree programme which imparts students with the knowledge and skills of business operations.

Admissions into most MBA programmes are often based on academic credentials, work experiences and performance in an admittance test. On top of the arduous admittance process, going through the programme itself requires a good amount of commitment and conviction. Despite this, MBA programmes continue to observe a growing popularity in Singapore.

What are the motivations behind enrolling for an MBA programme? According to a new short poll by JobsCentral, conducted between 18th July and 28th August 2012, most Singapore workers are driven to pursue an MBA with the intention of getting a salary increment upon completion.

Poll Results: How often do you socialize with your colleagues out of work?

As with any relationships, frequent engagements and communication often strengthen the bonds between individuals. Regular bonding sessions out of work, are usually the most effective platforms for co-workers to nurture closer work relationships and teamwork.

Even so, some may argue that the notion of socializing with co-workers should be kept within the time spent at work and that post-office hours should be reserved for private social circles. Undeniably, you and your colleagues do in fact spend just about 8 hours of every work day in the company of one another already.

Do most workers hang out with their colleagues after work and how often do they do so? Based on a poll conducted by JobsCentral from 23rd May to 12th June, 2012, more than three in five workers (64%) would engage in recreational activities with their co-workers after work.

Poll Results: What are usually your reasons for calling in sick when you are not?

Ever had one of those days when your urge to avoid work drove your temperature up, gave you a bad throat and led to the worst run you have experienced? The last poll conducted by Jobscentral from 9th April to 23rd May 2012, sought to shed some light on the common ailments compelling workers to call in sick when they are not.

Poll Results: What non-work related factors might affect an employer's decision of promoting someone?

To an employee, a job promotion is usually esteemed as a merit reserved only for the most deserving. It is an indication that one’s contribution to the company is valued and that he/she is ready to take on more responsibilities.

At times, however, most are slapped with the bitter truth that excellent work performance alone may not guarantee a move up the steps of the organizational ladder. In fact, factors affecting promotional opportunities may sometimes go beyond the context of work altogether.

What are the non-work related attributes, which would most affect an employer's decision of promoting someone? According to a short poll conducted by JobsCentral from 14 March to 9 April, 2012, most employees believe that besides on-the-job accomplishments, maintaining a good rapport with the boss would escalate their chances of getting that job promotion.

Poll Results: "What is the most important factor when considering a job offer?"

Against an ever-competitive job market, employment offers are often reserved not only for the finest candidates, but also for those who are willing to adjust their job expectations. What is the most essential consideration job seekers put before all others when deciding whether to accept or reject a job offer?

According to a recent poll conducted by JobsCentral from, 24 Feb 2012 to 14 Mar 2012, most employees would measure salary above all other aspects when contemplating on a job offer.

Poll Results – What is your preferred energy booster during lunch?

Lunch break. For the general work crowd, this term usually signifies the main pit stop of the day. It marks the completion of the first-half in a day’s work and is also the much anticipated halftime. It is during their lunch breaks where employees get to refuel themselves for the remaining lapses in the daily rat race.

What are the common energy boosters which workers engage in during their lunch break? A recent short poll conducted by JobsCentral, from 9 February to 23 February 2012, sought to ascertain the popularity of common lunch-time boosters amongst the general work crowd. Instead, the poll uncovered a much interesting finding – undertaking desk exercise is exceptionally unpopular as a form of energy booster during lunch. Out of the 137 who had participated in the poll, not a single respondent selected desk exercise as their preferred lunch-time energy booster.

Poll Results: Do you have an office spouse?

In 1943, psychologist, Abraham Maslow coined a concept which described a strong relationship between employee motivation and the fulfillment of several levels of needs at the workplace. The Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs identified “Love and Belongingness” as one such necessity required at the workplace.

It is in the nature of humans to seek acceptances and companionship. Even against the backdrop of a workplace setting, individuals would naturally seek out a close companion with whom they share common interests and views. Under inexplicable circumstances, this companion may even be of an opposite gender.

Do most employees have a colleague of the opposite sex that they have a close platonic relationship with? Someone who knows about their personal life as much as – or maybe even more than – their actual spouse? Someone who qualifies as an “office spouse”?

A recent short poll conducted by JobsCentral between 26 January to 9 February, 2012, discovered that while most respondents are against having an office spouse, a closely similar number are receptive of this notion.

Poll Results: What do you do when you feel burnt out?

Running at the relentless pace of the indifferent urban jungle, what are the most common remedies to recharging a toiling body, mind and soul? According to a short poll conducted by JobsCentral, the most popular solution to dealing with a burnt out, would be to put away the mundane stress from work and go on an overseas trip.

The poll which was conducted between 3 January to 26 January, 2012, garnered a total of 186 votes.