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Small Talk on work happiness and longevity

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Singapore – New research has proven that those with a happy and supportive working environment tend to live longer.

Tel Aviv University released a study that showed employees with an encouraging office culture were 2.4 times more likely to live longer in a 20-year study period. Additionally, informal peer relationships were a better indicator of health.

“As we spend most of our daily time with our colleagues, it is thus important for the [work] environment to be collegial and harmonious,” Christina Siaw, chief executive officer of the Singapore Cruise Centre (SCC), said.

The Israel study added most modern day companies do not have supportive environments because of factors such as telecommuting and the lack of face-to-face conversations. It suggested providing areas in the office where people can talk freely and organising informal outings to strengthen relationships.

This week, Small Talk also discusses the changes in the employment pass criteria in Singapore, and how it will affect smaller businesses. Employers in sectors such as retail, and food and beverage are hoping the government will be more lenient with industries that are facing a genuine talent shortage.

Ho Nyok Yong, president of the Singapore Contractors Association, said he hopes a policy that helps retain skilled foreign talent is implemented. He added repatriating workers who have already acquired certain skills or experience in their tenure here will be a “loss to our nation”.

Additionally, Small Talk talks about a lifeguard who was dismissed for refusing to wear a Speedo, and why having a neatly decorated desk can improve your productivity and work relationships. Also, Small Talk discusses retail chain Abercrombie & Fitch’s recruitment campaign in Singapore as it looks for attractive sales staff.

Don’t forget to take part in our weekly poll on our website, and tell us your pet peeves when it comes to personal office decorations.

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Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

August 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm

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