Why being more productive can work out for you!

  Productivity, this overwhelming word that comes in all forms, shapes and sizes. It is what companies advocate, it is the primary umbrella under which the company can function and make profits. The more productive we are, the happier the management will be. This means the company earns more. But what is it in for […]

Life cycle of a western male expat in singapore

Class, the tables you see below illustrates the typical experience of a western, male expat in Singapore. How accurate do you think this is? (And no, it is not drawn to scale – so don’t go OCD on the graph please)   [1 month, happiness factor 40] FOB and excited about life. New city, new […]

4 Examples of how one hotel improved productivity

On what differentiates a ‘good’ company from a ‘great’ one, I quote Jim Collins: “Looking back on our research, what’s most striking to me about our findings is the absence of a magic moment in any of the good-to-great companies…The real path to greatness, it turns out, requires simplicity and diligence. It requires clarity, not […]

Progressing with the times

Process redesign, business reengineering, social collaboration, and automation feature among the exciting tools available to reduce manual steps and wasted operating time and energy. With the crunch in foreign manpower, it is important that businesses (especially small and medium-sized enterprises) strategically harness these methods to gain a competitive edge over their competitors. It is therefore […]

Budget 2013: Improving transportation capacity and fares

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced earlier this week that congestion and waiting times – one of Singaporeans’ most pressing daily problems – will be tackled head-on in the 2013 budget.   Coupled with Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew’s announcement a couple of weeks ago of the Fare Review Committee’s recommendations to […]

FTs – are they really the issue?

Summary: Are Singaporeans’ comments about FTs fair? Employers – are they the real problem? Upgrading one’s skill sets is the way up the career ladder These days, given the wave of anti-FT sentiment (and I stop short of using the term ‘anti-foreigner’) that has become increasingly widespread among Singaporeans, it almost always just takes one […]