Ministry of Manpower

From Employee to Employer: How to Make a Smooth Transition?

By Durga Elamaran

You’ve taken your baby steps into the working world, gradually moved up the corporate ladder and now you’re finally the boss of your own company! Handling troublesome clients and hectic workloads as an employee can seem insignificant when you find yourself having to manage an entire company. This 180 degree turn can certainly be stressful, but fret not - here are some tips on how to make a smooth transition. (Read More Here!)

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Can a Workplace be Truly Secular?

By: Gerald Goh

A female local church employee was recently fired because she had gotten pregnant with the child of another church employee, a divorcee working in the same department.

According to online news portal Yahoo!, the female administration executive was terminated by the church, Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC), without compensation in her third trimester as she had been expected to adhere to “certain moral standards”. After more than half a year of negotiation and mediation, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) eventually ordered that FCBC pay the woman, in her 30s, more than $7,000 in salary and maternity benefits. (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: Should I sign a voluntary work bond?

Question: After having gone for a job interview, I’ve been contacted by the interviewer and offered the position, but with one caveat: I have to sign a work bond with the organisation before I can start work. I really want the position but this condition is making me uneasy. What should I do?

Answer: The mere mention of a voluntary work bond will probably set your inner alarm bells ringing, and for good reason. Unless you’re a scholar, signing a work bond is a not commonplace practice (and in some countries, outright illegal).

In Singapore, a voluntary work bond falls in a grey area. According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), a Contract of Service (usually known as a letter of appointment or employment) does not include any mention of a work bond in its essential clauses (which normally govern factors such as remuneration and hours of work). (Read More Here!)

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Q&A: I've Been (Unfairly) Dismissed by My Company. Now What?

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My company recently terminated my employment without giving due notice. When I tried to seek an explanation from my superiors, they said that this immediate termination was due to my “unsatisfactory performance”. However, I feel that my dismissal is unwarranted as I have been meeting the expectations listed in my job description. What can I do?

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You’re probably seething with anger and indignation right now, but get your emotions under control as you’ll need a calm mind for what should be done next.

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Making a difference

If you’re keen to join a Great Workforce and a Great Workplace while actively contributing to Singapore’s development, look no further than the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), where the work is rewarding and is a place where you can make a difference.

Contributed

Lim Choon Leng, the Assistant Director (Policy) with the Work Pass Division in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), has this advice for fresh graduates looking for their first jobs.

“Success comes from doing something you believe in, or have a passion for—if wealth is part of that equation, that’s great; if not, that’s fine too.”

Choon Leng explains, “Of course, finding meaning in what you’re doing is a question that will follow you for the rest of your life. In terms of your first job, ask yourself what your inclination is – is it the private sector? Or does public service appeal more to you? Don’t worry if you do not have a confirmed answer now to what you would find meaningful in your work – most of us go through life only having an inclination on what we would like to do. It is the acting on the inclination that’s important. Avoid paralysis by analysis!”

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