Is Home Office Heaven Or Hell For You?

Working from home used to be an idea that graced infomercials few years ago but in the new generation, it has become increasingly common. According to the data collated by Global Workplace Analytics, there are approximately 10 to 15 million home-based businesses. Before making any decisions to jump on the “home office” bandwagon, you must first weigh its advantages and disadvantages.

ADVANTAGES

Given the opportunity to be your own boss, you may be able to do things you love and get paid for it. Since you do not have a supervisor beside you, your passion will fuel your creativity and productivity. In fact, a Stanford University study showed that call center employees from China reported increased performance by 12% and higher work satisfaction as they worked from home.

Aside from this, having a home office can give you one thing that you might be itching for – freedom! You start by building your own working environment that you are most comfortable with. With this power of autonomy, you will notice that little things you do can make a huge difference.

Freedom also entails that you hold your own work schedule. Setting your own hours can mean that you get to drive your children to school, you can go out for private errands during lunch, and you won’t miss out on your children’s school presentations. This means that you are able to do more of what you really love.

DISADVANTAGES

After hearing its advantages, working from home may sound like a dream come true but you have to take note of its disadvantages too. One prominent downside to many home offices is the vulnerability to distractions such as accessible electronic devices, noisy family members, and many household tasks.

Another disadvantage is higher utility costs, especially if you barely leave your home. This is why you should make it a habit to conserve energy through simple strategies such as scheduling your air conditioning use, reducing indoor heat by painting your rooms white, or working at the brightest part of the house.

Lastly, since most people meet new people and make friends in the workplace, professionals who are working from home may experience loneliness, isolation, and depression. As they are plucked away from their previous co-workers and bosses, staying in touch with them can remedy the situation.

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Bottom line: When you are shifting towards the home office, you must consider all its possible factors – both good and bad. If possible, you may split your time between the home office and the workplace.

Sources: 1,2,3,& 4

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Student’s Guide To Part-Time Job Hunting In Singapore

In Singapore, it is ordinary for students to gravitate toward part-time jobs. These part-time jobs either add a boost to their travel fund or to their school allowance. Whatever the reason may be, job hunting in the modern age has definitely changed!

That said, here are some places you have to browse when job hunting:

1. NEWSPAPER CLASSIFIEDS

Go back to the tried and tested strategy of grabbing the latest newspaper publication right from your doorstep. In particular, the leading English newspaper in Singapore called The Straits Times has its weekend supplement containing a section for “Classified Jobs”.

2. ONLINE CLASSIFIEDS

If you cannot find the job you want on the newspaper ads, try looking for some opportunities at the online classifieds namely: Gumtree and Craigslist Singapore. Renowned as Singapore’s Number 1 Free Classifieds Site, Gumtree Singapore is well-known for providing good classified services with one of the largest visibility. Check out the “Jobs” category or type the keywords of your desired job. With its user-friendly functionalities that is both available online and on the mobile app, you can search for a job at your own convenience.

An even more simplistic website is one of the oldest classifieds portals in the world called Craigslist. Established in 1996, Craigslist provides services for more than 70 countries including sunny Singapore. Posting job ads and browsing through them is totally free!

Friendly Reminder: Please be careful as some of the ads posted are merely scams or spams.

3. NETWORK REFERRAL

Everybody is bound to know somebody. Within your existing network, there are probably a handful of part-time jobs that are perfectly in lined to your capacity. Do not hesitate to ask your classmates and friends if they can recommend a job for you.

And here are the common part-time jobs suitable for students:

1. F&B STAFF

Becoming an F&B Staff requires a whole lot of energy and patience. Despite the average salary, it can be a rewarding experience that will help you learn the skills you need further down the road. No to mention, there is a possibility of taking home free food.

Average Rates: S$6-10/hour

2. RECEPTIONIST

Clinics, spas, and fitness centers are often on a lookout for part-time receptionists whose main job is to book appointments, answer phone calls, and sell products. Being computer and social media literate is a must if you are planning to apply for this job. Luckily, almost every millennial fits the bill!

Average Rates: S$6.5-10/hour

3. FLYERS DISTRIBUTOR

One of the most tiring yet technically simple part-time jobs available is the “flyers distributor”. Just imagine yourself distributing some papers while standing in a spot for hours and braving Singapore’s heat.

Average Rates: S$5-6/hour

 

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Image Credits: MuseScore (CC License Attribution 2.0 Generic)

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7 Surefire Signs That Your Boss Is Horrible

Research showed that your horrible boss does not only impact your work but also other your life. Avoid this harmful “spillover effect” by knowing the 7 Surefire Signs That Your Boss Is Horrible…

1. YOUR BOSS IS NEVER WRONG

Surely, you have encountered a person who thinks that he or she is never wrong! But what if that person is your boss? It affects everything – including employee job satisfaction.

If your boss does not admit that he or she is wrong then it means that pride outweighs all. Furthermore, it means that your boss is not willing to go out of the “comfort zone” for you.

2. YOUR BOSS GIVES LITTLE TO NO GUIDANCE

When your boss likes to decide in the moment with no clear long-term plans, you work in a very dynamic industry that is bound to have its flaws. With little to no goals to accomplish as a group and as an employee, your company will have no distinct direction.

3. YOUR BOSS IS INDECISIVE

Great bosses make decisions in the most quick and accurate way because they know that time is money. In contrast, horrible bosses make tentative decisions which they frequently re-analyze. This failure to decide may cost you and the company itself.

4. YOUR BOSS CHANGES THE SCHEDULE ABRUPTLY

Since the schedule was given to you beforehand, you made your plans for the day. Or so you thought! You see, your boss decides to change the schedule on the day itself and extend for a few more hours. It has happened to me before and I was not happy about it.

To avoid this, ask your boss to explain and justify why there is a need to change the schedule. If your contract entails rotations in your schedule then, you are good. But it is a different story if your schedule is supposed to be fixed.

5. YOUR BOSS PAYS YOUR WAGES LATE

As we live in one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is important to get your wages on time. If your boss pays your salary late for the first time or due to valid reasons then it is acceptable. However, if he or she does this on a regular basis, you must contact your superiors to address the problem right away.

6. YOUR BOSS PLAYS FAVORITES

Horrible bosses give amazing perks, consistent raises, and special assignments to the employees whom they like the most. In contrast, great bosses encourage their employees to excel in their own way.

7. YOUR BOSS DENIES YOUR VACATION

After staying for a year in the company and your boss does not grant your vacation then, it becomes a legal issue.

Once you are covered by the Employment Act and have worked for at least 3 months, you are entitled to annual leave of at about 7 days (for your first year). You will be entitled 14 days annual leave on your 8th year (of service in the company) and thereafter.

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It is important to know your rights before entering the workforce.

Sources: 1, 2,  3, & 4

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4 Enchanting Ways To Run A Business Like Taylor Swift

Whether you are captivated by her or not, Taylor Swift is a smart businesswoman who has been making all the right decisions lately. A proof of her success was her album 1989 that sold millions of copies worldwide. To top that off, her current net worth is US$80 million (about S$111 million) according to Forbes.

From nurturing her relationship with her fans to embracing her authenticity, here are the 4 Enchanting Ways To Run A Business Like Taylor Swift:

1. CREATE AN EXCLUSIVE CIRCLE

If your product has a limited-edition content, customers can create a common circle wherein it is exclusive to them alone.

For instance, Taylor Swift’s CDs sold successfully not only because of her infectious music but also because of her personalized memorabilia (such as the limited Polaroid photo sets) as well as special fan codes (to win a personal meeting with her). Those who buy the CDs will immediately share its contents to their friends or social media. That is free advertising at its best!

Mimic this by offering occasional discounts and exclusive promotions. Keep your customers in the loop by sending out electronic announcements and decorating your shop with attractive posters.

2. UNDERSTAND YOUR AUDIENCE

Aside from talking to them genuinely, you must actively listen to what your target audience has to say. Take it from Taylor who not only showed her audience that she listens to them but also gets in their inside jokes (in reference to the “no its becky” tee).

Business owners who want to make the brand seem more approachable can interact and join in the discussions of the consumers thru social media. Accept feedback and take necessary actions to improve your business.

3. BE YOUR TRUE SELF

If you closely observe Taylor Swift during the awards season, you will realize that she is singing and dancing like she owns the place! She is not afraid to be her fun and quirky self that marches to the beat of her own drum.

As entrepreneurs, it is your duty to uphold your values and vision even if it is not aligned with what is on trend today. Avoid losing your consumers by staying true to yourself in your advertising/marketing campaigns.

4. APPRECIATE YOUR CONSUMERS

Aside from her killer dance moves, Taylor is known for having a strong bond with her fans. In fact, she personally invited 89 of her fans to her homes to provide feedback and listen to her 1989 album before it was released. This is a great technique to increase consumer satisfaction.

Channel your inner Swift by showing gratitude to your loyal consumers. Manifest your appreciation to your consumers by saying “Thank You” in person or by sending an electronic “Thank You note”.

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This simple and inexpensive gesture will impact the way they view you and your company as it will make them feel valued and special.

Sources: 1 & 2

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Most Popular Recruitment Agencies In Singapore

Extraordinary – that is the perfect word to describe Singapore’s workforce.

Singapore is a popular destination to many foreign workers and a starting point to some locals who want to further their careers overseas.With that said, the competition is as fierce as can be!

Stand up from the rest and improve your chances of getting hired by seeking the services of credible recruitment agencies. A recruitment agency is a business paid to find suitable workers for various companies and organizations. It plays a vital role in connecting the employers with the potential candidates.

To help you in your quest, here are some of the Most Popular Recruitment Agencies In Singapore…

1. RECRUIT EXPRESS

From its inception in 1996, Recruit Express has expanded their staffing operations across the Asia-Pacific regions. In fact they have offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangkok.

Listed as one of the top Singapore agencies at JobsDB.com, Recruitment Express uses their vast network of resources and extensive database to match the right people to the right organization within the shortest time.

2. CAREERHUB CONSULTANTS

A relatively new agency established in 2011, Careerhub Consultants has been ranked as one of the best Headhunter in Singapore by Dougles Chan. Dougles Chan is the author of Financial Success in Recruitment Industry and Job Seeker Power Manual).

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This recruitment agency offers a myriad of job opportunities in fields such as hospitality, finance, and engineering.

3. AEGIS RECRUITMENT

Aegis Recruitment is one of the leading agencies in Singapore that boasts with excellent reputation. Just take a look at their sleek, neat, and user-friendly website right now. Do you see what I mean?

From real estate to advertising, the Aegis consultants do not just work by “word matching”. Rather, they use extensive methods and prompt actions to ensure that the requirements are thoroughly understood and met.

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Although these agencies are potent, you must not heavily rely on them to secure a job. Do not just sit back and relax at home! Put in additional efforts to observe the odds in your favor.

Sources: 1 & 2

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