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Are you frustrated with work?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on August 27, 2008

The biggest problem in the workplace is communication. Management needs to communicate with their employees. Knowing the direction, expectations, and access to information make employees feel like a part of the company and not just another disposable asset.

Employees need to do their part as well. Most importantly, do your job. Remember you being paid to perform your duties and not stand around the water cooler and chit chat all day. Always be professional in the workplace. Give a little and take a little on both sides and everyone benefits.

“The frustration faced by Asian workers seems to stem from various management failures, said Hay Group Insight, the employee and customer research division of global management consultancy Hay Group.

Issues identified include ineffective work structures and procedures, poor leadership styles and unproductive work environments.” (story)


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Workers to get inflation bonus

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 21, 2008

Electrical storekeeper Tan Cheng Yen is getting an extra $400 to take home next month – a one-off payment to help cushion the impact of higher food and oil prices.

‘I can spend it on groceries, like rice, as well as defray the cost of taking public transport to work,’ said the 63-year-old who earns $1,600 a month.

His employer, food manufacturer Prima Singapore Group, is among 60 unionised companies which are heeding the National Wages Council’s (NWC) call last month to help workers cope with the impact of inflation.

They agreed to do so after discussions with unions during the current ‘negotiation season’, when bosses and unionists meet to discuss wage and other adjustments in the wake of the NWC’s annual recommendations. (story)

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45 minute commute too much for most Singaporeans

Posted by jtsmyth8 on May 15, 2008

Workers in Singapore will grumble if they have to commute some distance to work, but they will readily pack their bags and fly to the ends of the earth for the right job, according to a poll by Kelly Services.

Two in three of more than 2,000 employees here polled by the recruitment firm said they were not prepared to commute more than 45 minutes each way to work, The Business Times reported yesterday.

Nearly eight in 10 of those polled would consider relocating to another country to work.

This shows that despite their reluctance to spend more time commuting, Singapore workers are highly mobile when it comes to securing the right job.

More than half – 56 per cent – of the workers polled were even ready to uproot and move to unfamiliar territories where they don’t speak the local lingo. (story)

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Serial killer hunting prostitutes in Hong Kong

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 17, 2008

On the one hand you have a vigilante trying to clean up the streets. On the other hand, he’s killing them. Do the ends justify the means? Prostitutes bring drugs and disease the the streets but allowing the killings to continue (while cleaning up the streets) is morally wrong. The courts need to decide whats right and wrong. Once you start allowing individuals to make that choice, it will become chaos.

“Hong Kong police are investigating the killings of four sex workers in the past few days, suggesting a serial killer may be on the loose in the densely packed city.

Three victims, all in their 30s, were found in their ransacked apartments in two districts in the northern New Territories. A fourth was found on Hong Kong island on Monday.

The first two women had been robbed and strangled, one with a hose, while the third was certified dead with no apparent injuries early on Monday.”(story)

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CPF retirement accounts benefit those earning under $40,000

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 12, 2008

Workers with less than $40,000 in their CPF retirement accounts when they turn 55 will be exempted from the new CPF Life scheme, as their balances are not enough for payouts to last a lifetime. A quarter of the first cohort to be covered – that is, those who turn 50 this year – will fall into this category.

But they can choose to opt into the scheme, and will get help to do so, said the committee that designed the scheme.

It said there had been public feedback that those with insufficient CPF savings could be helped to join the scheme.

Said National Longevity Insurance Committee chairman Lim Pin on Tuesday: ‘We also strongly believe in the value and importance of this scheme that we have made a request for the (Manpower) Minister, the Government… to consider giving some assistance to enable people who do not now have the threshold sum of $40,000 to join the scheme. That will be handled.’ (story)

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