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Why Weekends Should Be Off-Limits

By: Durga Elamaran

Bob the Builder says, “Yes we can!”, while most of us working adults would say, “Yes weekend!” There’s always a buzz in the air when Wednesday hits, what with the countdown to the weekend after five days of hard work and sweat.

Of course, there are also the unfortunate ones who are required to work on weekends. But no matter how tight deadlines may be, none deserves to work seven days a week. All work and no play is an awful reality, and unless your life is all about your career, you should be taking a break during weekends.

Here are three reasons why the weekends should be untouched by work.
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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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Survey: 10 Strangest Requests from Singapore Bosses

Would you bear your boss’s traffic offense? 40% of Singapore workers say their bosses have asked them to do tasks unrelated to their main job scopes -- with some requests bordering on the downright absurd.

By: Alythea Ho

You know how it is. You join a new job, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to prove you're the best person for the job.

Then the Boss asks you to buy a cup of coffee for him. And another. And one day you wake up and realise ‘The Boss’s Personal Coffee Assistant’ has unceremoniously appeared in your job scope.

If it's of any comfort, you're in good company. Nearly 2 in 5 Singapore workers (39%) say they've received requests from their bosses that had nothing to do with their job scope. In addition, 21% of respondents say the requests were downright absurd. (Read More Here!)

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How to deal with annoying (but harmless) colleagues

By Shi Tianyun

They are everywhere – a fellow worker who somehow manages to get under your skin all the time. They aren’t exactly malicious – they actually mean no harm but somehow you just feel that the workplace will be a much happier place if they just stop (fill in the blank with annoying habit here).

If the co-worker that makes you cringe falls under these five categories, don’t worry, we have got some tips to keep them at bay.

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New Dads Not Taking Advantage of Paternity Leave

By Anthony Balderrama

TV commercials might have you believe a new tie, a car, or a case of beer is the best gift you can give dad this Father’s Day. What he might want most is some time off from work, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

Like working moms, dads who work outside the home have to find time to be with their families and still fulfill their usual workplace duties. If you’re a working parent, you might want to be at your children’s recital, but you can’t exactly leave in the middle of an important work dinner where you’re about to sign a deal with a client. Either work or your personal life has to suffer to some degree, and it’s not easy to know when one deserves more attention than the other.

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Survey: Bosses Take More Vacation Time Than Their Teams

By Debra Auerbach

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t think a vacation is a good thing. Beyond getting to explore different parts of the country or the world, vacations have been shown to improve mental health, prevent job burnout and even enhance creativity. Yet if you’re guilty of ending the year without using most of your vacation days, you’re not alone — at least among your peers. Your boss, however, might be a different story.

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College Majors with the Highest Starting Salaries

By Debra Auerbach

College students pick their major for any number of reasons — interest in a particular field of study, ability to get a job post-graduation, amount of education or training needed and more. Another factor students often consider is how much they might earn once they enter the workforce. While it’s hard to imagine that any student would actively seek a low-paying major, some students may weigh salary more heavily than others when deciding on a degree.

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What ‘The Avengers’ Can Teach You About the Workplace

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

By Mollie Ficarella, CareerBuilder

The summer movie season is kicking off, and the first big blockbuster to open is “The Avengers.” It brings together some of Marvel Comics’ biggest superheroes into one movie for a battle royale between a demigod and his alien cohorts. Chances are you haven’t encountered a master assassin at your office potluck, because comic-book stories aren’t usually ripped from the headlines. However, the personality types on display in “The Avengers” are probably not that far off from the volatile and larger-than-life people you encounter — or hide from — at the office.

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