3 points people will miss from Lim Swee Say’s speech at the Productivity Awards Dinner 2017

Did you know that Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say appeared at the Singapore Productivity Awards Gala Dinner 2017 at Shangri-La Hotel last Friday (24 November 2017)? Well, if you didn’t know, you probably won’t know that he made a speech that had some pretty important points regarding our economic growth for this year. So here […]

Budget 2016: What Did The Sandwich Class Get?

Everyone must have gotten something right? I sat through more than 90 minutes of almost nap-inducing Budget announcements, because the first hour was all about money, money and money thrown at companies to be more productive, innovate, automate or upskill. To cut the chase, everyone gets more, even part of the sandwiched class, in the […]

3 things you need to know about all this talk of productivity

Productivity growth has been a hot thing in the news, with several articles about using technology to minimise human effort in doing repetitive tasks, and cutting costs for businesses. In fact, to put it simply, productivity growth is the number one solution to all our problems, be it wages, immigration, public transport, and even healthcare! […]

Productivity rises to reach 0%

  Since 2004, labour productivity has been on a down trend. It has declined further in the second quarter of 2008 (-7.5 per cent). In 2013, it saw an improvement from a negative figure to flat at 0%. Declining productivity, coupled with increasing costs, does not augment well for the Singapore economy. GDP growth sine […]

Punggol Nasi Lemak takes on productivity challenge

  You have to be well acquainted with Punggol Nasi Lemak – eggs so fresh and nicely done, the yolk bursts on fragrant coconut rice. Chicken wing so delicious, each bite into the salty crispy skin brings a crunch so unforgettable. And the sambal! Oooooh….. There are two known outlets – at Upper Serangoon Road […]

12 Crazy Finds from Food & Hotel Asia 2014 (#5 should be mandatory, #12 just made me gag)

If you’ve only visited consumer food shows, you’ve not experienced the vast B2B offerings that can be found at Food & Hotel Asia 2014. Held at Expo on 8-11 April, this industry food trade show showcased food-related exhibits from self-service wall ice cream dispensers to dancing chefs. Check out our list of 12 crazy finds […]

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 […]

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Productivity: Getting serious

  According to NTUC Secretary General, Lim Swee Say, there are 3 issues on productivity Singapore urgently needs to look at: First: Singapore’s push for productivity is sorely needed today, from every corner of our society and our economy. Second: Some sectors are still unproductive. Yet hiring more and pulling national productivity rates down. Third: Some […]

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 […]

Entrepreneurism: do you fit the bill?

Entrepreneurism: do you fit the bill?

The Entrepreneurship Review Committee (EnRC) recently held a discussion on how hard it is to motivate Singaporeans into becoming entrepreneurs or working for start-up companies. The 30 entrepreneurs who took part in the session raised some very interesting concerns on nurturing an enterprising spirit. As Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Teo Ser Luck, […]