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How to React to Biased Comments at Work

Unconscious biases, especially unintentional ones, are difficult to eradicate at the workplace. Being aware of one's own biases, knowing how to respond appropriately to incidents as a victim, and influencing cultural norms at the organisational level can help reduce subtle inequities at the workplace.


How to Give an Employee Feedback About Their Appearance

Negative or not-so-favourable feedback should always be delivered with the best intentions. Framing the feedback as a means to help the individual is the first step to a difficult conversation.


In Making Decisions, Are You An Ant or Grasshopper?

Are you a maximizer who is always concerned about making the best decisions possible, sacrificing the now for the future; or a “satisficer” who is happy living in the moment with "good enough" choices? Both tendencies have its trade-offs.

Beyond McMindfulness

Mindfulness training is gaining popularity in the corporate world. However, the stripped-down, secularised version used by many may not serve mindfulness' true transformative purpose, and could even be used to promote self-advancement. Beyond its tangible benefits, the true purpose and ethical framework of any programs should be reviewed critically.

5 Reasonable Ways to be Optimistic

Optimistic individuals feel more capable handling a situation, overcoming obstacles, and moving pass disappointment. In other words, they are also more resilient. The good news is, optimism can be learned.

A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the most important choice you can make

Surrounding ourselves with people who possess traits we prefer can help us become more like them - and this happens at the neurological level. Once we pick up their attitudes, we are able to behave more naturally in the way we desire and reserve more energy for making higher-stakes decisions.

Are people the most important variable in your data analytics equation?

Data analytics is not meant to replace human-decision making but to enhance it. While science and technology is essential for producing quality data, it needs to be balanced with the human element to strategically turn these insights into action.

Every Generation Wants Meaningful Work — but Thinks Other Age Groups Are in It for the Money

With numerous discourse on generational differences, stereotypes on each cohort will inevitably emerge. However, most of us strive for meaning and purpose at work. Using this as a basis can help close generational gaps and promote diversity.

Understanding How Persuasion Works Can Make Consumers More Savvy

Persuasion is not just art, it is also science. Those who know the principles of influence can have an upper hand in negotiations and be less susceptible to manipulation by others.

The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction

In this digital age, silence and full attention is often taken for granted. Instead of being carried away by every beep and buzz, responding to emails and messages in an organized manner can help us work more effectively.

Fat Shaming in the Doctor's Office Can Be Mentally and Physically Harmful

Negative stereotypes towards overweight people at the workplace, too, can contribute to a person's distress. Being aware of one's attitude and knowing how weight stigma can affect others can help reduce unconscious biases.

The Psychological Explanation for When You Feel Like You’re Being Watched

Beyond taking in visual information, our eyes are capable of detecting implicit stimuli from our surroundings. From an evolutionary perspective, this helps us detect potential threat, even if others are just watching us. Perhaps we do have a sixth sense built into us...

Plugged In, Yet More Alone

Digital social networks enable us to connect like never before, yet it disconnects us from real people and real-world interactions. Taking a break from digital interactions also offers solitude for restore and renew.

Personality Traits of Good Negotiators

What makes a good negotiator? Beyond having a good strategy, EQ and IQ, personality plays an important factor. Being aware of one's tendencies and monitoring past behaviors are essential for improving negotiation skills.

Commentary: Forget about finding your passion, when the job offered doesn’t match your dreams

In this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world, it becomes even more difficult to find the "ideal" job. To stay relevant, having resilience and an open mind remains crucial.