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  • Q&A: How do I Have Work-Life Balance?Q&A: How do I Have Work-Life Balance?

    Question: My work is overwhelming me and I barely have any time for myself. My stress from work is also straining my relationships with my loved ones and my family. What can I do? Answer: Trying to dredge a semblance of a work-life balance from your ...

  • Q&A - April Fools' Gag Gone Too FarQ&A - April Fools' Gag Gone Too Far

    Question: My colleagues recently played an April Fools' prank on me and I feel that they may have gone too far with their gag. Am I overreacting? Answer: Oh, that time of year we all love to hate. If you were on the receiving end of a prank, chances ...

  • Q&A: My Colleague Frequently Views Inappropriate Content at Work. What Can I Do?Q&A: My Colleague Frequently Views Inappropriate Content at Work. What Can I Do?

    Question: My colleague frequently views inappropriate websites and videos at his workstation. No one seems to be doing anything about it. What can I do?Answer: Oh, the tantalising hint of lasciviousness in the workplace! Lewd jokes aside, your collea...

  • Q&A: My Colleague's Desk is Attracting Pests. What Can I Do?Q&A: My Colleague's Desk is Attracting Pests. What Can I Do?

    Question: My colleague's desk is attracting pests. What can I do?Answer: Ahh, the whiff of pestilence! A desk littered with snack wrappers and crumbs is a sure-fire way to attract all manner of foraging critters and bugs. Pests in the workplace (no, ...

  • Q&A: Breaking The Ice

    Question: I'm new at my workplace. How do I break the ice with my colleagues?Answer: Congrats for landing a new job! With that out of the way, being a raw novice in any environment can be hard - though we all have the innate desire to fit in, breakin...

  • Q&A: Promotion and Additional Work ResponsibilitiesQ&A: Promotion and Additional Work Responsibilities

    Question: I've been with my company for a couple of years and recently requested for a promotion - but I've been told by my superior that this will mean taking on additional work responsibilities. Is this fair?Answer: In a nutshell - of course it is!...

  • Q&A: My Colleague Asked Me Out for Dinner. What Should I Do?Q&A: My Colleague Asked Me Out for Dinner. What Should I Do?

    Question: My colleague recently asked me out to have dinner with him after work. I don't particularly fancy him but I have a good working relationship with him and I don't want to jeopardise that. What should I do? Answer: No need to press the panic ...

  • Q&A: How Should I Handle Racism in the Workplace?Q&A: How Should I Handle Racism in the Workplace?

    Question: I'm a local employee and I've been hearing more racist comments in the office about employees of a particular ethnicity in the office. I thought of voicing my concerns to HR I'm scared I'll be labelled as racist myself. What should I do? An...

  • Q&A: My colleague just got promoted. Should I befriend my new boss?Q&A: My colleague just got promoted. Should I befriend my new boss?

    Question: My co-worker's a nice bubbly gal and we're pretty good friends. We even hang out after work and do things like booze together. Then last week she was promoted and now I report to her. She keeps assuring us we can still hang out but I'm not ...

  • Q&A: My colleague asked me for feedback. He's smart and efficient, but can be a real dominating ***** during meetings. Should I tell him the truth?Q&A: My colleague asked me for feedback. He's smart and efficient, but can be a real dominating ***** during meetings. Should I tell him the truth?

    Question: Recently my colleague pulled me aside and asked me to give feedback on how he conducts meetings. He's smart and efficient, but during discussions he can be a real dominating *****! I told him I'll think about it, but should I tell him the t...

  • Q&A: I've Just Been Promoted to A Managerial Position.  What Should I be Aware Of?Q&A: I've Just Been Promoted to A Managerial Position. What Should I be Aware Of?

    Question:I've been recently promoted to a managerial position, which is a first for me. What should I be aware of? Answer:Your hard work, sweat and commitment has finally paid off and you've gotten your own corner office (or at least a larger cubicle...

  • Q&A: I'm afraid I can't meet my year-end KPIs. What should I do?Q&A: I'm afraid I can't meet my year-end KPIs. What should I do?

    Question: Help! Ok I know this sounds paranoid but I think I can't meet my KPIs for this year. My boss and I have quite an OK working relationship, but I'm afraid after this I'll have no chance for a promotion. It's almost year-end, so what do I do n...

  • Should I Ignore A Bad Reference?Should I Ignore A Bad Reference?

    Question: As a hiring manager, I believe that reference checks can sometimes lessen the chances of making a bad hire. However, when is it wise to ignore a bad reference? Answer: While you can never completely eliminate the risk of bad hires, referenc...

  • Q&A: My company is encouraging me to retire early. Should I?Q&A: My company is encouraging me to retire early. Should I?

    Question: I've been offered the chance to retire early by my company. And I'm not the only one. I'm not upset at all, but I'd like to know if it's a good idea to accept the offer? Thanks. Answer: Good question. The main thing to consider is whether y...

  • Q&A: What Specialised Positions Can I Consider in the Healthcare Sector?Q&A: What Specialised Positions Can I Consider in the Healthcare Sector?

    Question: I'm looking to enter the healthcare industry, but what are some professions I can consider besides being a nurse or a doctor? Answer: There are numerous specialisations you can consider when getting your foot in the door of the rapidly-grow...

  • Colleague's Wedding Ang Bao - How much is enough?Colleague's Wedding Ang Bao - How much is enough?

    Question: My colleague has just invited me to his Chinese wedding reception. While we are not particularly close, we do work together quite frequently. Forgoing the event is not an option, but attending it means that I would have to give the newlywed...

  • Q&A: Should I Start Working in a Non-Related Field?Q&A: Should I Start Working in a Non-Related Field?

    Question: I've recently graduated with a degree in specialisation 'A', but entry-level positions for this field are hard to come by. I'm thus considering applying for an entry-level position in specialisation 'B' to gain some work experience - is thi...

  • Q&A: Should I Join the Office Exodus?Q&A: Should I Join the Office Exodus?

    Question: Recently, a number of colleagues have tendered their resignation at the company I recently joined. As I am a new hire, this sudden exodus has left me wondering if there is something 'wrong' about the organisation and whether I should leave ...

  • Q&A: Should I Accept a Contract Position?Q&A: Should I Accept a Contract Position?

    Question: After having gone for a job interview for a permanent position, the company has offered me the role - but only on a contract basis. Should I accept their offer? Answer: Your first reaction: what a disappointing - even insulting - offer! It'...

  • Q&A: Should I negotiate a higher starting salary?Q&A: Should I negotiate a higher starting salary?

    Question: After going for a job interview, I've been offered the position but the organisation's proposed starting salary is a little underwhelming, to say the least. Should I negotiate a higher starting salary? Answer: It's best to exercise a little...

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