• How Ramadan may boost staff productivity and well-being
    A recent research by UK-based Oxford Strategic Consulting (OSC) found that changing work models are becoming more hospitable to the Ramadan work schedule. Rather than worry about the negative effects on business, business leaders should instead focus on improving well-being, increasing engagement and embracing flexible work patterns during the Islamic holy month. According to the press release, more vacation time can improve performance and well-being. In fact, it shared that an internal study in 2006 by accounting firm Ernst &
  • Sick days: how many is too many?
    Sick days: how many is too many? For employees who are running out of annual leave, today is perhaps one of the best days of the year to call in sick. Thanks to the public holiday tomorrow, calling in sick today will get them four consecutive days off. Recently, a netizen shared in an online post that he took four to six sick days a year and was told by his supervisor this would negatively impact his appraisal. The supervisor
  • Wage Practices 2016
    In light of the tougher business conditions in 2016, and with a majority of firms having a flexible wage system which adjust wages according to business conditions, fewer employees received wage increases last year as compared to 2015, found the “Report on Wage Practices 2016” released by the Manpower Research and Statistics Department, Ministry of Manpower (MOM). According to MOM’s report, between the last two years, the proportion of employees who received total wage increase also declined from 77% in