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Archive for March 2011

HRTV: Don’t be fearful of hiring PWDs

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Singapore – While most companies believe in hiring and promoting the best talent on merit, there are some who remain hesitant in welcoming people with disabilities (PWDs) into their workplace.

HRTV speaks to two employers who were honoured recently for hiring and supporting PWDs and they said local companies’ perception of hiring PWDs are slowly changing.

Michael Gian, chief executive officer of Kentucky Fried Chicken Singapore, believed companies’ initial “apprehension” could be due to not truly understanding the investments and trainings required for adapting the workplace for PWDs. He added that some employers may also fear that other able-bodied staff would not be receptive to the idea.

However, Jagdeep Thakral, executive assistant manager of Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, said employers should always hire based on merit and inculcate an inclusive culture.

But with increased support from the government and more media awareness, both senior leaders said the perception of PWDs is becoming more positive.

Thakral further shared with HRTV on what hiring managers can include in job listings so more PWDs will feel comfortable in applying for work at the company.

Local companies that have made outstanding efforts in employing people with disabilities (PWDs) were recognised at the inaugural Enabling Employers award last week.

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HRTV: Small Talk on why communication is essential

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Singapore – Having open communication channels throughout the organisation can improve relations and build trust, which is also essential to retention.

Peter Hiddema, principal of Common Outlook Consulting and visiting professor of decision sciences at INSEAD, advised human resources (HR) to create a “safe” communication culture so employees will be more comfortable to approach HR with a problem before it gets out of hand.

Sabrina Zolkifi shared her thoughts on why HR should not only have good communication with employees but also upper management, and how money isn’t enough to convince workers to stay.

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March 25, 2011 at 11:55 am

HRTV: Video resumes can work both ways

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Singapore – Job candidates should not be the only ones creating video resumes, because employers can use the same medium to attract the right talent.

By uploading videos on a company’s recruitment page, employers can communicate their recruitment needs better and attract the right talent to the organisation. Human resources can also broadcast job postings via videos to make it more interactive and appealing for jobseekers.

Venus Ng, business development manager at Prevview.com, an interactive video job portal, said video resumes help both job seekers and employers communicate with each other even before the first round of interviews.

Although there is a growing demand for video resumes by employers, Ng doesn’t believe it will overtake the need for or importance of a face-to-face interview. She said the main focus of using video resumes is to shorten the first round of the interview process, so employers can screen for the right candidates.

“Now they only spend time and money on the candidates who really stand out and suit the company culture,” she added.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/news/25364

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March 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

HRTV: Don’t wait for trouble before negotiating

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Singapore – Far too often, human resources (HR) practitioners only get called to manage a conflict when things have already gotten out of hand.

Peter Hiddema, principal of Common Outlook Consulting and visiting professor of decision sciences at INSEAD, advised HR to provide a “safe” communicating culture so employees can consult them before the problem escalates.

He said one of the ways HR can better minimise conflict in the workplace is to “lower the barriers” so that employees feel they are better able to approach for help. One advice Hiddema gave is to constantly engage employees through direct one-on-one communication.

“Informal conversations are where you find out more than formal meetings,” he said. By always being available to staff, HR might find it easier to manage conflict or have employees reach out to them early in the problem.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/news/25312

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March 22, 2011 at 9:50 am

HRTV: Small Talk on Asian managers’ lack of confidence

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Singapore – Asian leaders lack confidence in themselves, with only 10% believing they are capable of overcoming challenges such as talent development and business growth.

Additionally, nearly half of managers in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand felt their job were “sometimes or often stagnant”. Companies in the Southeast Asia region have to recognise these gaps in the organisation if they wish to help their leadership talent succeed. Respondents have said they would like their bosses to give them more authority and decision-making opportunities to remain engaged.

Lee Xieli and Sabrina Zolkifi sat down for the 10th episode of Small Talk to discuss why it is important for leaders to be confident. They also talk about how entry and mid-level Indian employees can expect salary increments of up to 15% this year – the highest in the region.

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March 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

HRTV: Always place employees before customers

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Singapore – If companies want to drive growth and innovation, they have to put their employees before the customers on their list of priorities.

“It is our employees who create the differentiation advantage,” Vineet Nayar, chief executive officer of global IT firm HCL Technologies, said. He added companies have to realise that it is the employees who set a company apart from its competitors, and by placing the staff on the “centre stage of investment”, organisations can grow faster.

Nayar sat down with HRTV and shared how the human resources (HR) team’s responsibility is to design creative programmes that help managers come up with new ideas to better manage the employees. Inspiring the troops should not fall only on HR’s shoulders’. Instead, everyone should be held accountable.

“The day we delegate the responsibility of motivating our employees to HR, we make a huge mistake,” Nayar said. “HR can only innovate on how [managers] motivate [employees], but they can’t motivate on [the manager]’s behalf.”

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March 16, 2011 at 10:33 am

HRTV: Small Talk on workaholic countries

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Singapore – Locals may consider themselves hardworking employees, but Singapore is not even on the top ten list of most workaholic countries.

A recent survey by Ipsos Global and Reuters found Japan to be the most workaholic country, with an average of 1,714 work hours a year. Is it a coincidence then that more Japanese employees are also reported to commit suicide after being unable to find a job?

Japan’s unemployment rate has remained unchanged at 4.9% since December last year, prompting suicide rates to increase 20% amongst youths. Lee Xieli and Sabrina Zolkifi sit down and discuss those hot topics, including working women, unhappy employees and the employment outlook for Singaporeans.

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March 14, 2011 at 9:43 am