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  • How the 40-Hour Work Week Fuels Unnecessary ConsumptionHow the 40-Hour Work Week Fuels Unnecessary Consumption

    By Koh WanziConsumption fuels economies. The US economy, the largest in the world, is driven largely by strong domestic consumption. In fact, the reason many of us continually seek better salaries and prospects for advancement is so we can consume ev...

  • Tension on the Formula One Grid: Takeaways for the WorkplaceTension on the Formula One Grid: Takeaways for the Workplace

    By Desiree YangWhether you're a fan of Formula One or not, you should be no stranger to the deafening engines that have hit the Marina Bay Street Circuit every year in September since 2008, right here on our sunny shores. The 2014 F1 World Championsh...

  • Should You Go For Coffee or Tea?Should You Go For Coffee or Tea?

    By Deanna BonaparteWhile it may seem like a mundane question, there are studies that indicate that different personalities are drawn towards and work better with either coffee or tea. Studies have shown that people who prefer coffee tend to be strong...

  • Mental Health Issues at Work Mental Health Issues at Work

    By Deanna BonaparteMan goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go see him. That should pick yo...

  • Language Barriers: The Patriarchal Nature of Office JargonLanguage Barriers: The Patriarchal Nature of Office Jargon

    By Koh WanziWe talked about the drawbacks of workplace jargon last week and how it can make you appear less trustworthy and hinder clear communication and action. We'll discuss a more specific nature of office jargon today - how it affects women in t...

  • Kiss Cover Letters and Résumés Goodbye Kiss Cover Letters and Résumés Goodbye

    By Desiree YangDid you know that the first professional résumé was written by Leonardo da Vinci in 1482? Or that the submission of a résumé to a prospective employer was a mere formality up until the 1950s? The résumé's all too familiar sibling, the ...

  • National Day Special - Commemorating BeginningsNational Day Special - Commemorating Beginnings

    By Deanna BonaparteAs Singapore celebrates her 49th birthday with the theme 'Our People, Our Home', companies ought to turn a retrospective eye towards their beginnings as well - and reaffirm their appreciation for the people who form the cornerstone...

  • A Second Chance for Ex-ConvictsA Second Chance for Ex-Convicts

    By Koh Wanzi18 Chefs cuts a fond figure among students and young working adults with its wide and affordable selection of dishes. However, this casual restaurant stands out for more than its delectable cuisine. Founded by Benny Se Teo, an ex-offender...

  • Kickstarter Pens: Revitalising Writing Tools in the WorkplaceKickstarter Pens: Revitalising Writing Tools in the Workplace

    By Koh WanziIn an age of styluses, tablets, and advanced word processing, the pen - the most humble of writing tools - has been relegated to a secondary position. Unless you are a pen connoisseur, a battered old Bic pen which you hardly glance at twi...

  • Why A Good Book Is Better Than 2048Why A Good Book Is Better Than 2048

    By Deanna BonaparteTechnological advancements have literally placed access to vast amounts of information at our fingertips. In the area of mobile technology, increasingly function-packed phones and tablets are slowly eroding away at any need for lap...

  • Managing Your Caffeine AddictionManaging Your Caffeine Addiction

    By Deanna BonaparteAccording to YourHealth in 2013, almost a third of workers in Singapore admitted that they had to sacrifice sleep for personal and work commitments, making the percentage of the sleep-deprived here even higher than the global avera...

  • Things to Do Over the Weekend to Beat the Monday BluesThings to Do Over the Weekend to Beat the Monday Blues

    By Desiree YangWe have all grown too familiar with the wave of blues that hits us square in the face whenever our alarms go off on Monday morning. The thought of getting caught in the middle of the unforgiving crowd on the commute to work makes us di...

  • Juggling the World Cup and the Workplace Juggling the World Cup and the Workplace

    By Desiree YangThe 2014 FIFA World Cup has once again descended upon our football-crazy nation, and (un)fortunately for football fanatics in Singapore, most if not all matches are being screened at the most unearthly of hours, essentially forcing fan...

  • What's Brewing? The Singapore Microbrewery SceneWhat's Brewing? The Singapore Microbrewery Scene

    By Desiree YangSingapore's world-famous tropical weather never fails to leave its inhabitants drenched in either their own perspiration on most days or in rain on others. One good source of comfort and solace after a long, hard day at work is (fittin...

  • Make It or Break It - Careers of Child Celebrities Make It or Break It - Careers of Child Celebrities

    By Desiree YangWhen word got out that Lionsgate was set to do a remake of the legendary Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie last week, many (presumably kids of the 90s) took to sites like Facebook and Twitter to express their excitement over the news....

  • 3 Career Lessons from Mindy Kaling3 Career Lessons from Mindy Kaling

    By Desiree YangUS actress Mindy Kaling may not be a household name, but the 34-year-old has made it to People's 2014 World's Most Beautiful List - alongside Hollywood luminaries such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cucuo and Scarlett Johansson.Yes, Mindy...

  • What I Learnt from a Scholarship Assessment Centre (AC) SessionWhat I Learnt from a Scholarship Assessment Centre (AC) Session

    By Desiree YangAs an aspiring scholar, I've thought to myself on numerous occasions, "I don't find scholarship interviews very effective." Scholarship providers who decide on whether an applicant is suitable based on his or her answers to hypothetica...

  • Jessica Alba: Mother, Wife, Actress & CEO - How Does She Do It?Jessica Alba: Mother, Wife, Actress & CEO - How Does She Do It?

    By Desiree YangJessica Alba is no stranger to the big screen with popular titles like Sin City, Fantastic Four, and Valentine's Day to her name. In addition to her success on the silver screen, Jessica has shown herself to be quite the entrepreneur a...

  • Mother's Day Special: My Mother, My MotivatorMother's Day Special: My Mother, My Motivator

    By Deanna BonaparteAs the cliché goes, being a mother is a full-time job - I always imagined that expectant mothers had to undergo a full-fledged training at a boarding school, with a curriculum drawn up according to books like 'A Dummy's Guide on Ho...

  • Anti-Bacterial Sprays - Necessary in the Workplace!Anti-Bacterial Sprays - Necessary in the Workplace!

    By Deanna BonaparteThe modern workplace can be home to swarms of germs and bacteria - in fact, did you know that the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than your toilet bowl? One does not simply fathom the horror!And these irksome organisms ...

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