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Q&A: Should I Ask to be Re-assigned if I Cannot Cope with the Workload at My New Position?

Question: I have just been promoted and am struggling to cope with my new workload and responsibilities. However, I like my work environment and do not want to leave the company. Should I ask to be re-assigned instead?

Answer: A new move up the corporate ladder brings with it a higher salary and a welcome sense of progression. But career advancement also lugs extra baggage in tow – higher expectations from your superiors, greater responsibilities, and a heavier workload. (Read More Here!)

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3 Guilt-free Reasons for Taking Time-off from Work

Struggling to decide whether you should take leave and risk being perceived as a 'slacker'? Here are some guilt-free suggestions to help you get the rest that you deserve.

By: Alythea Ho

Holiday season may be just around the corner, but not everyone’s jumping onboard the vacation wagon like sleep-deprived bunnies. In fact, nearly half of Singapore workers say one of their biggest work fears is offending the boss.

John de Graaf, executive director of Take Back Your Time, an organization focused on challenging the epidemic of overwork, says many employees often fear their workplace absence will be judged negatively.

"You have this kind of fear of not wanting to be seen as a slacker," says de Graaf to the BusinessNewsDaily.

However, studies show that long-term chronic stress will negatively affect your health and performance. So how do you go about overcoming the false guilt of being accused as someone who doesn't earn his or her keep at work? (Read More Here!)


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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Study: Nothing Wrong With Workaholics

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By Melissa Korn

Can’t step away from the BlackBerry? Leaving a work voicemail at 10 p.m.? You might be a workaholic. No surprises there.

But new research suggests that may not be a bad thing.

A paper out of the Rouen Business School in France says workaholism – defined by work involvement, feelings of being compelled to work and work enjoyment – can actually be constructive.

As long as the compulsion to work is self-driven, it can lead to personal feelings of accomplishment (I finished that project! I solved that accounting problem!) and benefit the organization (That project is finished ahead of schedule! Our clients think we’re great!) according to Yehuda Baruch, the management professor behind the study.

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