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Archive for January 2011

HRTV: Small Talk Episode 4

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Singapore – With a brand new name, Small Talk, this week’s episode kicks off with fashion and perception.

A recent article suggested job candidates who wear glasses are more likely to do better in a job interview. Lee Xieli and Sabrina Zolkifi discuss if they think that perception holds water, as well as touching base on more serious news such as global unemployment.

They also discover bizarre company policies that could get you fired.

View more polls, photos and more articles online at the website or on Facebook.

Feel free to comment, discuss and share your thoughts and opinions on the stories this week, and we might just feature you in the next episode. Stay tuned to HRTV for more videos and updates on all the latest in Human Resources.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

January 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm

HRTV: Asia has lousy leaders

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Singapore – The reason Asia has lousy leaders is because they are given leadership responsibilities before they are ready.

Adzhar Ibrahim, regional head for people department at AirAsia, said that within the Asian context, the perception of leaders is one where they are considered “superstars”. This has resulted in everybody wanting to be a leader for the perks without being prepared for the role.

Watch the interview as Azdhar sits down with HRTV and shares his take that, and on how HR can develop better leadership within the organisation.

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Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

January 26, 2011 at 9:31 am

HRTV: This week in Human Resources Episode 3

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Singapore – The proof is in the numbers: This week’s top online story about Singaporeans’ big bonuses shows exactly what’s on locals’ minds.

The report on the 17% bonus Singaporean’s can expect is one of the top stories Lee Xieli and Sabrina Zolkifi sit down to discuss in this week’s roundup. They also talk about salary hikes for managers, nepotism in China and this week’s top story: Iris’s “I Quit” website.

Hear their candid discuss on whether you should go into work when you’re sick, and how taking short breaks throughout the work day can help you lose an inch or two.

View polls, photos and more articles online at the website or on the Facebook page. Feel free to comment, discuss and share your thoughts and opinions on the stories this week and we might just feature you in the next episode.

Stay tuned to HRTV for more videos and updates on all the latest in Human Resources.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

January 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

Fix those emails!

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Email is the most widely used form of communication for professionals; however there is a distinct lack of a formal etiquette when communicating through email. The office snitch shares some tips on how to craft a better email, which will help boost your business and career.

How many times when communicating through email, have you gotten an unsatisfactory response?

The fault may lie more with how your message has been written, than the actual message itself.

Here are some tips to help better craft your next email:

  1. Be polite – Mind your Ps and Qs, they can be very powerful. Always use an honorific title when addressing someone else. For example, certain cultures take hierarchy very seriously and addressing the recipient by their first names may be seen as a mark of disrespect.
  2. Follow writing protocol – When communicating with external customers, traditional spelling, grammar and punctuation rules apply.
  3. Keep it simple – Be concise in your email. Nothing is more frustrating than unnecessarily long messages.
  4. Use proper sentence casing – USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS LOOKS AS IF YOU’RE SHOUTING. It also screams unprofessional.
  5. Be mindful of who you send your email – Send group email only when it’s useful to every recipient.
  6. Don’t get too attached – If sending attachments, ask when would be the best time to send. If the file is too large you may cause jam the recipient’s inbox causing subsequent emails to bounce.
  7. Courtesy Copy (Cc) – Only use Cc when it is important for those you include in the email to know about the contents of the email. Overusing Cc can cause your emails to be ignored.
  8. Personalise – Your email should be personally addressed with customised content. Auto replies are not very effective and come off as insincere.

Written by Dick Chan

January 19, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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HRTV: This week in Human Resources Episode 2

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This episode of HRTV revisits the top stories in human resources this week, including why personal branding is important, how recruitment can be fun and the weirdest interview questions.

Human Resources editor Lee Xieli joins journalist Sabrina Zolkifi to discuss the amended re-employment law, creative recruitment programmes, as well as their favourite Bizarre News from this week.

Other topics they talked about included Singapore’s workplace safety laws, personal branding and communication, as well as, which companies Singaporeans prefer to work for.

Top Human Resources news for the week of 10 January 2011:

HRTV: Get your boss to notice you

Singapore – The right self-branding efforts can go a long way in getting you noticed at work.

Recruitment is child’s play for L’Oreal

Singapore – Recruitment can be fun and games as French cosmetic brand L’Oreal has shown by launching its Brandstorm 2011 for the tenth year in Singapore.

Bizarre HR: Goldman Sachs asks the weirdest interview question

US – A strong resume and related professional expertise might not guarantee that you’ll ace that job interview.

Singaporeans prefer American companies

Singapore – American companies have an edge over local ones when it comes to attracting domestic and regional talent.

Re-employing workers above 62 years now mandatory

Singapore – From 1st January 2012, workers who turn 62 must be offered re-employment until 65.

Pain-free move at SAP

Singapore – When SAP employees stepped into their new office early this year, all they did was “plug-and-play” their laptops and they were ready to start work without the stress and hassle of moving.

Changes to Singapore’s workplace safety laws

Singapore – The Ministry on Manpower (MOM) may come down harder on stakeholders to ensure the safety and health of workers.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

January 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

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HRTV: Get your boss to notice you

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It may be a new year, but the Office Snitch is not about to stop picking the brains of HR professionals to get in on the latest news, trends and trade secrets.

We are starting off with a podcast interview with Rita Haque, learning and development director at Club 21. She talks about her communication style and how personal branding is important in the workplace.

Haque advices not to be a “shrinking violet” and instead to “speak up and be counted” if you want to be noticed. She also shares easy self-branding tips people can apply to their work life, including recognising and celebrating their talent.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

January 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

Shelf Life: Do You Have What It Takes To Be Boss?

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Siow and Chang, Mind Kinesis Management

S$16.80 incl. GST

Pearlin Siow’s latest book, written in collaboration with debutant author Cayden Chang bears the façade of a self-help book for would-be entrepreneurs.

In a series of success and get-rich manuals, it would be easy to assume that Siow’s fourth book would provide practical advice on becoming a successful entrepreneur. Why then would a successful author need to collaborate with a neuro-linguistic programming specialist, if the intention of her book was to offer practical advice?

The answer is simple; the book doesn’t offer substantial advice. Divided into two parts, a narrative and interview portion, interviews make up the majority of the book’s content. What is left in the narrative is weak-vague feel good business advice that most business or psychology majors would be able to offer you for free.

The writing itself feels awkward and needs professional editing. Even the interview portion -of local entrepreneurs- feels tacky, serving as an advertisement for the interviews-replete with the contact details of their organisations.

Bookmark This!

Jack Canfield, co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul, developed what he calls the “Rule of 5” to meet his goal of getting Chicken Soup for the Soul, to the top of the New York Times Best-Seller List. Jack’s “Rule of 5” requires that every day, he does five specific things to move his goal to completion.

Completing five things each day does not sound like a lot, but imagine this: “Five pages of writing a day, equals seven 250-page books in a year.”

Yes, the book dispenses advice from another best-selling book.

Written by Dick Chan

January 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

HRTV: This week in Human Resources Episode 1

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As we look forward to a brand new year, HRTV takes stock of all the possible critical HR challenges and top employment issues looming over the horizon.

Join Human Resources editor Lee Xieli and journalist Sabrina Zolkifi as they discuss the latest in local and international HR news.

In this first episode, they discuss re-employment, the role of HR and the upcoming challenges of 2011. They also give you a quick preview of what to expect in Human Resources’ future print issues and TV episodes.

By the way, HRTV will now be coming to you every Friday with the week’s recaps and highlights. Don’t forget to subscribe to the magazine and daily bulletin, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

January 10, 2011 at 11:34 am