office bullying

Why you bully me?

By Shi Tianyun

I was frightened of her. My heart would beat extra quick as I approached her desk to pass her my completed task and I would quake in fear when she spoke to me.

No, this wasn’t a scene from my childhood. This very situation took place just a few years ago, at a previous workplace. My then-senior in the office just didn’t seem to approve of the work I did and sometimes would throw scathing words towards me – nothing I did was up to her standard. So anxious I was around her that I started making more and more silly mistakes. Needless to say, my work performance was badly affected by my senior’s treatment.

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Survey Results: Nearly one-quarter of Singapore workers feel bullied at work

By Jonathan Tay

According to an online study conducted by JobsCentral, nearly one-in-four (24%) workers in Singapore, believe themselves to be victims of office bullying. The survey, which received the participation of over 2,000 respondents, also found that older workers were more likely to experience injustice at work, particularly those in the age group of 41 to 50 years old.

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JobsCentral Survey: More than 60% of Singapore workers complain of heavy workload and work stress

By Juliet Soh

66% of Singapore workers say that their workload has increased when compared with six months ago, according to a survey conducted by Singapore’s leading online job portal, JobsCentral. Of them, 83.3% said that their work stress has also increased in the last six months, while 1.1% said that stress level has decreased and 15.5% indicated that it has stayed the same.

A total of 2,281 respondents took the survey and respondents consisted of employed individuals from all levels of occupation and income groups. The survey has an error margin of 2.05%, at 95% confidence level.

60% of the respondents reported that they stay in the office for at least an hour after work hours at least three days a week. One in three (32%) say they bring their work home to complete, 22 per cent say they have worked from home while on sick leave and close to one-fifth (18%) say they have worked while on vacation.

“Singapore’s workplace environment is a tough and demanding one. Workers place career as one of the top priorities in their lives and often make personal sacrifices for job advancements. On the other hand, employers faced with increasing manpower cost, embark on the unending quest for higher productivity. It is not surprising that our workers are feeling more stressed and working longer hours,” says Michelle Lim, Chief Operating Officer of JobsCentral Group.

“Technology such as 3G and wifi on smartphones, tablets and laptops means that you can take work with you wherever you may be. And it also means that employers have the expectation that you are available even after office hours. However, both employees and employers should learn to respect after-work hours and reasonable allocation of work in order to avoid burning out in the long term,” she added.

Higher earners display more “workaholic” tendencies

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