HeadHunt - In the news - 26 Aug
More days off for Dad?
Working fathers in Singapore may soon be allowed to extend their time spent
with their newborn child.
Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sport, Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singapore government will consider
allowing the fourth month of paid maternity leave to be converted to parental
fathers are given 12 days of child-related leave. This comprises of six days of
paid childcare leave and six days of unpaid infant care leave. Employers can
also provide paternity leave on a voluntary basis.
“We will also
need to study the implications of such a change on employers, the employability
of workers, and the needs of mothers,” Balakrishnan said.
Go past the retirement age
Singapore - The
government has called for companies to hire mature workers beyond 2012's
legislated retirement age of 65.
Parliament recently, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Lim Boon Heng
said that for this to happen, mindsets
on reemployment of mature workers
would have to be changed.
He urged mature
workers to be flexible in their attitudes and be willing to take on modified
jobs or go for skills upgrading or re-training if necessary.
Employees want a share of business profits
Singapore - An
overwhelming three quarters of employees in Singapore say having a share in
their employers’ profits would spur them into being more productive at work.
A recent survey
conducted by recruitment provider Kelly Services among Singaporeans found that
many workers also preferred to have their salaries pegged to the individual,
group or company performance targets.
Among the 2,700
employee surveyed, many indicated that they valued health insurance, training,
health benefits and flexible working hours as important elements in their jobs.
Afternoon slump common in executives
US - Feeling
tired and unproductive after lunch? You’re not alone.
percent of managers say they are the least productive during the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m, found a recent survey
conducted by staffing services firm Accountemps. After interviews with more
than 1,000 senior managers, it found that 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. was cited to be the
least unproductive time for 28 percent of respondents.
Here are some
tips to avoid the afternoon slump:
ahead. Don't push challenging projects off until the end of the
day, when your energy may wane. Use your less-energetic periods to catch up on
more routine tasks, such as responding to e-mails.
about. If you feel your energy beginning to dip, stretch or take a
short walk to recharge.
well. Remember to make time for lunch and nutritious snacks
throughout your workday and avoid high-carb foods.
goals. Keep a to-do list to remain focused, and ensure it's
visible on your desk so you can check items off as they're completed.
gears. If you're struggling to focus, take a quick break and
research something new. Changing tasks can help increase your productivity late
in the day.