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HRTV: Small Talk reveals their ideal work spouses

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Singapore – The line between professional and personal lives are blurring with two third of employees having a work spouse who influences their decisions both inside and outside the office.

According to a survey by Captivate Network, nearly a quarter of work spouses maintain constant contact with each other even during weekends. The relationship is so close that it can affect decisions on where to eat and what type of clothes to buy.

This episode of Small Talk discusses the advantages and dangers of having a work spouse, as well as Lee Xieli’s own experience on having one. She also explores the secrets behind running a successful family business with Sabrina Zolkifi.

Melvin Tan, managing director of the Cyclect Group, said recruitment and succession planning issues can be thorny in a family-run organisation. “It’s trickier because [family members] will always think they can overwrite HR when it comes to policies and rules.”

Although Tan has relatives heading several divisions within Cyclect, he said a conscious decision was made to ensure there is only one family member in any management team. He added it was to avoid any preferential treatment or conflicts of interest that could affect the overall business.

Sabrina also shares her experience visiting Changi Prison for the recently concluded Yellow Ribbon Culinary Competition.


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