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  • Q&A: What Should I Do When My Dream Job Becomes My Worst Nightmare?Q&A: What Should I Do When My Dream Job Becomes My Worst Nightmare?

    Question: I used to be happy with my job but I've come to hate it. I don't know what I should do. Should I quit or are there other options that I should consider?Answer:In situations like this, quitting will almost always seem like the most attractiv...

  • Q&A: My Internship is Turning Out to be Less Than Satisfactory. What can I Do?Q&A: My Internship is Turning Out to be Less Than Satisfactory. What can I Do?

    Question: My internship is turning out to be less than satisfactory and I don't think I am learning much at all. What can I do? Answer: Many students take up internships to give their résumé that extra shine, with most expecting it to be a productive...

  • Q&A: Should I be concerned that I don't spend a lot of time interacting with my boss?Q&A: Should I be concerned that I don't spend a lot of time interacting with my boss?

    Question: I have friends who have quite a close working relationship with their boss. Should I be concerned that I'm spending too little time interacting with my boss? Answer: For many, the very act of befriending or spending time with their boss lan...

  • Q&A: Should I Create A Whatsapp Group Chat for my Team?Q&A: Should I Create A Whatsapp Group Chat for my Team?

    Question: I'm a manager looking for more convenient ways to communicate with my team outside the office. Should I create a WhatsApp group chat for my team? Will this appear unprofessional or seem like I am upsetting their work-life balance?Answer: Me...

  • Q&A: How Can I Prepare to Interview Someone for a Job?Q&A: How Can I Prepare to Interview Someone for a Job?

    Question: I'm looking to hire someone to fill a recently vacated position. What steps should I take to prepare myself to accurately assess and respond to candidates, and how should I go about conducting the interview? Answer: Most people think job in...

  • 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 ...

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