Pros and Cons of engaging a Part-Time or Contract employee

27 June, 2019
By G-Team in Human Resource

Pros and Cons of Engaging A Part-Time or Contract Employee

The gig economy in Singapore has been rapidly growing in recent years. Traditionally, fresh graduates would rush to look for full time jobs even before their graduation. However, survey results show that a higher proportion of these graduates are taking on temporary jobs instead of permanent full-time jobs after university.

According to survey results from the 2017 Graduate Employment Survey, which polled close to 11,000 fresh graduates from the three local universities (National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University), 80.2 per cent of graduates who found work within half a year of finishing their examinations secured permanent full-time jobs. This is lower than the figure reported in 2015, which was 83.1 per cent.

The rise of the gig economy is also largely attributed to the increase in demand for these gig workers as well. Companies today are actively hiring freelancers due to the shift in nature of work. Certain industries such as food delivery services rely heavily on freelancers. Additionally, some departments within large organisations are very project-focused. Hiring freelancers help to reduce the human capital cost given that they are only hired when there is a spike in projects with tight deadlines.

However, while part-timers or freelancers can help to address the labour issue for short-term projects, there are certain cons to relying on these gig workers instead of hiring a full-time employee.

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Tips To Manage Tricky Workplace Situations

18 June, 2019
By G-Team in Human Resource

The workplace is a complicated environment – office rumours, ghost stories, bootlicking to managers and bosses, the list goes on. Most of us would have also been caught in these undesirable situations. While some might be easy to slide away from, certain situations might be considerably tricky to handle.

Here are some tips on how to manage these tricky workplace situations.

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Getting Back To Being Driven After A Long Weekend

14 May, 2019
By G-Team in Human Resource
With the numerous long weekends in Singapore, there is no denying that the post-holiday blues is likely to creep in to the workplace on a Monday. And with everyone in the office feeling that post-long weekend blues, it can be quite a struggle to get back into the swing of things.

While the responsibility of keeping employees motivated tend to fall on the shoulders of the line managers, employers themselves are likely to feel the post-holiday blues as well. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone within the workplace, both employers and employees, strive to motivate each other to get back on track after a long weekend.

Here are some tips to get the work drive back after a long weekend or perhaps even after a long holiday.

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Sustaining A Healthy Workforce

30 April, 2019
By G-Team in Human Resource

In today’s workplace, the waistline matters just as much as the business profits. There are numerous research to suggest that corporate wellness programmes can be used to encourage employees as well as boost their productivity, reduce turnover rates and reduce healthcare costs in the long run.

According to Patrick Teow, Chief Executive Officer of AIA Singapore, “Business leaders are beginning to recognize the importance of investing in corporate health.” He also added that encouraging healthy behaviours in companies will eventually become healthy habits that boost company’s profitability.

Based on research from Willis Towers Watsons’ Global Medical Trends Survey 2018, “Singapore’s medical inflation has increased from 7.6% to 9.2% in the past two years.” It is no wonder that employers have come with strategies to empower employees to take charge of their own health through various preventative initiatives and wellness programmes to encourage a healthy lifestyle amongst employees.

Here are some “prescriptions” to develop for this year to develop a healthy workforce this 2019.

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