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  • Q&A: Should I learn to Code?Q&A: Should I learn to Code?

    Question: I'm stuck in a dead-end job with few prospects ahead. I want to make myself more marketable and I hear that coding is one of the most highly sought-after skills today. Should I learn to code? Answer: Coding is often cited as the modern econ...

  • Q&A: My Colleague is Sucking Up To My BossQ&A: My Colleague is Sucking Up To My Boss

    Question: My colleague is sucking up to my boss and is passively trying to alienate me. What can I do to ensure that he doesn't push me to the fringes of the office social network? Answer: In the hierarchy of a corporate environment, there are bound ...

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

  • Q&A: Should I Ask My Friend To Join My Workplace? Q&A: Should I Ask My Friend To Join My Workplace?

    Question: There is a job opening at my workplace and I am thinking of asking my unemployed friend to join me here. Is this a feasible idea? Answer: It can certainly be refreshing to have your friend join you at your workplace, especially if you know ...

  • Q&A: How Do I Manage My Higher-Ups Effectively?Q&A: How Do I Manage My Higher-Ups Effectively?

    Question: I feel that being able to manage my superior is important to have a good working relationship with him/her and avoid any misunderstandings about not meeting work expectations. With that said, how can I ensure that I manage my manager effect...

  • Q&A: How Should I Deal with Being Demoted/Reassigned?Q&A: How Should I Deal with Being Demoted/Reassigned?

    Question: I have been demoted at work and am in the midst of re-evaluating my status in the office. Does my demotion suggest that my boss deems me unworthy and is subtly nudging me to leave?Answer: One thing's certain - if your boss wanted to give yo...

  • Q&A: How Can I be an Effective Delegator?Q&A: How Can I be an Effective Delegator?

    Question: When I try to delegate, I find that I am never fully satisfied with the quality of work that comes back to me. How can I become a more effective delegator and ensure that my team is functioning at its optimal level of productivity and effic...

  • Q&A: Explaining Your Long Unemployment PeriodQ&A: Explaining Your Long Unemployment Period

    Question: I have been unemployed for over nine months. How do I explain my long unemployment period at an upcoming job interview?Answer: The interviewer may or may not have an unfavourable impression of your gaping unemployment period. But it can be ...

  • Q&A: How Can I Maintain A Healthy Work Spouse Relationship? Q&A: How Can I Maintain A Healthy Work Spouse Relationship?

    Question: I spend more time at work with a female colleague than I do at home with my actual wife. How can I ensure that this platonic relationship with my female colleague remains a healthy one?Answer: While you have zero intent to cheat on your lov...

  • Q&A: How do I Establish an Office Carpool System?Q&A: How do I Establish an Office Carpool System?

    Question: A few of my colleagues live near me and we sometimes even bump into each other on the MRT. How do I suggest an office carpool with a colleague who does drive, and is this a feasible idea?Answer: Travelling to work daily on the same bus or M...

  • Q&A: I'm Currently Weighing Two Job Offers. What Should I Do?Q&A: I'm Currently Weighing Two Job Offers. What Should I Do?

    Question: I've applied for a few positions and I'm currently weighing job offers from two organisations. I'm not sure how to pick one over the other - how can I determine which is the better offer?Answer: For what it's worth, seek comfort in knowing ...

  • Q&A: My Boss is Inviting a 'Medium' to the Office. Is This Acceptable? Q&A: My Boss is Inviting a 'Medium' to the Office. Is This Acceptable?

    Question: After some unexplained 'occurences' in the office, my boss is inviting a 'medium' to help 'cleanse' the office. Is this an acceptable workplace practice?Answer: Fear not! We've had Singapore workers share some really interesting ghostly enc...

  • Q&A: My Colleague is a Lazy Layabout. How can I Resolve This?Q&A: My Colleague is a Lazy Layabout. How can I Resolve This?

    Question: My colleague is a lazy layabout and this is affecting office morale. Is there a way to resolve this?Answer: We're all familiar with THAT one idler who seems to get away with the Facebook tab on perpetual, easy access and an eyebrow-raising ...

  • Q&A: Mid-Career Switch - Financial Consultants Q&A: Mid-Career Switch - Financial Consultants

    Question: I'm feeling very unfulfilled in my current job. Can I make a mid-career switch to become a financial consultant?Answer: Perhaps the lifestyle of a 'banker' in tailored suits and slick silk ties has caught your fancy - or you want a 'click-c...

  • 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!...

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