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Why You Should Stop Stressing About Work-Life Balance

For those of us hedonists who live by the mantra “work hard, play hard”, it may be challenging to find time for the latter. According to a study, those who constantly worry about balancing work and “life” tend to experience more negative health impact than their counterparts who are in the same situation, but fret less about it. When there is no clear demarcation between work and life, it is important to set some boundaries. The following article offers some suggestions.


Worked to Death? Employees with Little Control Over Their Work Die Younger

The Chinese expression, “worked to death” may not be an exaggeration after all. A longitudinal study over a 7-year period found that those who have less control over their jobs in a highly-demanding work environment are associated with a 15.4% increase in the likelihood of death. While stressful jobs can be beneficial, having the autonomy to make decisions at work seems to be crucial in lowering negative health impact.


Emotional Intelligence in OCD

People living with OCD are dominated by anxieties and tend to perceive more hostility from others. While higher perceptions of hostility is found to be correlated with lower emotional intelligence, individuals with OCD may have an acute sense of detecting harm, hence avoid offending others. Could OCD be an underlying trait of chronic skepticism? Where do we draw the line between being careful and being paranoid? 


Some SIA cabin crew unhappy over medical leave system

SIA spokesman Nicholas Ionides said: "As with all other businesses, employee productivity and attendance at work are important for a successful airline operation. Although crew attendance is a component in the performance management process, we would like to emphasise that crew performance is measured across many other factors."
Should it even be a factor?


How to Boost Your (and Others’) Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence or EQ – a concept no stranger to us, matters to job performance, promotions, entrepreneurship, relationship success, mental & physical health and so on. The good news is, EQ is malleable and trainable. This article offers some guidelines on how to develop better EQ. 


How Mindfulness Can Lower Your Stress and Anxiety in 2017

Mindfulness is paying attention to self, others, the world around you, and the present, thus helping one become more focused and aware. For those of us who are more excitable and prone to stress, practicing mindfulness may be the key to emotional well-being. The following article offers some suggestions on how to practice mindfulness in our daily lives. 


How Well Can You Trust Your Boss? Here's How To Tell

The level of trust between an employee and his/her boss is crucial to one’s overall job satisfaction. Research suggests that the best way to evaluate a boss’ integrity is through their subordinates’ perception and expectations of them. Which means, using one’s intuition, experience, and the right amount of skepticism could be good indicators. Here are additional clues to tell whether a boss is trustworthy… 


Why the Problem with Learning Is Unlearning

“Old habits die hard”, which is why it can be challenging to remain agile when business landscapes are constantly changing. To embrace a new or alternative paradigm, we have to unlearn the old one. Could “unlearning” be stopping your business from being innovative? 


These are the five personality traits you need to be happy, according to experts

The secret to happiness from a personality perspective? High Extraversion and low Neuroticism from The Big Five Personality traits. But what about those of us who are introverted and neurotic? The following article looks at the broader aspects of personality that contributes to well-being (these aspects are fortunately, malleable…) 


How Rudeness Stops People from Working Together

While it seems apparent that rudeness (or incivility) diminishes team effectiveness, it is still fairly common in certain workplaces. Incivility depreciates team morale, erodes psychological safety and deflates confidence. While civility cannot be imposed, it is worth examining an organization’s civil climate to ensure greater collaboration and performance.