A recent Gallup poll found Singaporeans to be some of the most ‘emotionally challenged’ people in the world with only 36% of Singaporean respondents acknowledging to have felt some form of emotion throughout the day. The majority of Singaporean respondents were neutral in reporting negative or positive emotions such as pain, anger or happiness.

 

Despite being one of the most prosperous nations in the world, Singapore was placed as the most emotionless country out of 152 countries surveyed. While many Singaporeans have questioned the methodology and findings of this poll, there is something to be said about the lack of expressed emotions by locals while going about day-to-day tasks. [more…]

 

For the working population, this is a worrying trend as we spend the majority of our lives at work. Displays of emotions are another form of communication and can be translated into information and fed back to colleagues and bosses who will be able to make the appropriate changes.

In a culture where long work hours are the norm and there is a pervasive tendency not to articulate feelings of happiness or dissatisfaction, it is little wonder that only 2% of Singaporeans reported feeling engaged at work, compared to the global average of 11%.

This begets the question of how employers can increase employee engagement among Singaporeans? The answer may well lie in technology, which is readily accessible to the average worker and brought closer to them through personal smart devices.

Singapore is one of the most densely digitally connected cities in Asia, and as found by a study by JobsCentral, 77% of employees admitted to spending at least some time at work on the Internet doing non-work related activities, including social networking. However there is a general aversion to mixing the personal with the professional, as most respondents rejected the idea of blogging or talking about work as well as adding their immediate supervisor on social networking platforms.

Therein lies the challenge for HR practitioners in increasing communication between a reserved local workforce and employers, complicated by a reluctance by employees to talk about work. It is not for a lack of trying though, as more firms today are recognising the benefits of social media as an employee engagement tool. A report by Towers Watson found that more than 69% of companies polled were studying the effectiveness, implementation and mix of social and traditional media tools to reach out and connect with their employees.

While a step in the right direction, workers need to have the confidence to speak out, and employers have to be able to know what to do with the feedback received.

Are you a HR practitioner trying out new ways of reaching out to employees? 
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Skype interviews are increasingly becoming part of the digital recruitment revolution, and have proven to be a cost-effective tool which simulates many elements of a face-to-face interview. However, such online interviews pose new challenges for candidates looking to leave a positive impression and progress to the next stage. Here are some tips and tricks that we hope will enable candidates to tackle a Skype interview head-on.

Doing the prep work:

1. Setup: Download Skype and configure the volume and camera settings, making sure that your entire head as well as the top half of your shirt are visible in the camera. If possible, get a trusted friend or family member to conduct a trial run with you.

2. Background Clutter: When positioning the camera, be mindful of any clutter in the background which may distract the interviewer. While the interviewers realize that you will be at home, distracting pictures or a messy background may divert their attention away from you. [more…]

3. Lighting: Another variable that you should control is lighting, as a poorly positioned light source can either cast shadows on your face or result in unnecessary glare. Try to place lamps such that they illuminate and flatter your face.

4. Attire: Choose clothes in dark colors as they present a sleek, professional image, unlike white clothes or those with distracting patterns which may detract from your appearance. Despite the interview taking place while you are at home, make sure to be professionally attired from the waist up.

5. Watch where you are looking: Practice talking to the camera instead of looking at the interviewer’s image on the screen, as this will make you appear as though you are looking downwards. If possible, tape a photo next to the web-cam, as it this may help you to focus on and talk directly to the camera.

6. Ambient Noise: Finally, try to eliminate all sources of noise so that your interview will not be disrupted by the ringing of the telephone or barking dogs.

Finding the right job and candidate can be a painful and time-consuming process for all involved, however employers and job-seekers alike are given access to many more opportunities through free video-conferencing services like Skype. We hope that through these simple steps, interviewees can be thoroughly prepared to impress during the interview and leave a positive impression.

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Check out what others are saying about their interview experiences and questions to expect here. 

 

LinkedIn is the career networking tool of choice for over 175 million individuals spanning 200 countries and territories. It counts all members of Fortune 500 companies as its members, and 85 of the Fortune 100 companies use LinkedIn’s[more…] corporate talent solutions. Research across 20 countries showed that 82% of participants made successful hires as a result of recruiting through LinkedIn as compared to other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 

However, do you really know how to leverage on the myriad of functions of ‘social networking for work’? Whether you are already in a comfortable job or actively looking for a new one, it’s never too early or too late to build up your profile. Here are our top 4 tips on how you can cut through the clutter and hit the main features on LinkedIn quickly and effectively.

1. RESUME
Have a complete profile. Your LinkedIn profile is also your digital resume, which is like a passport that tells people where you’ve been and more importantly, where you can go. Having a photograph is something that most people neglect, but be mindful that in doing so, you’ll be in danger of being put aside as ‘just another faceless member’. Professional photographs should be used; a profile with a photo is also seven times more engaging than a profile without one. Additionally, utilize a resume builder to turn your LinkedIn profile into a word or pdf resume which can then be hosted on the cloud.

2. EXTERNAL VALIDATION
Having an impressive profile is only part of the equation, as this information is put up by you, not others. Industry connections are good way of supporting the roles displayed on your profile. LinkedIn discourages adding people that you don’t know and spamming them with invitations, but you are able to build your network through existing connections by being introduced to second or third-degree connections. People whom you’ve worked with on previous projects are also able to give detailed recommendations for each other. Also available is an ‘endorsements’ function, which is a simpler way of recommending someone for expertise e.g. in project management, market research, etc without having to type out a lengthy description.

3. INTERESTS AND KNOWLEDGE
Follow companies and groups. These provide an opportunity for people with similar interests to share news and trends as well as post questions and opportunities on a topic. By actively contributing to discussions, you increase your prominence and standing in the community as your responses are directly linked to your profile. This also gives others an idea of your interests and knowledge based on your past experiences.

4. PERSONAL BRANDING
A host of applications are available to LinkedIn users, most of which are free or can be purchased at minimal cost. While they often can be used to enhance your profile, experts warn of keeping such apps to about 5 to reduce clutter.

Our top 5 apps are (in no particular order) as follows:

 Amazon’s reading list – Tell us what you are reading

 

 Tripit – Organise and plan your business trip

 

 Wordpress – Sync your blog

 

 Twitter – Sync your twitter account

 

Slideshare – Share your presentations

 

 

Article adapted from:
http://www.business2community.com/linkedin/10-must-know-features-on-linkedin-0296644#807FGXWcRiehHpvF.99

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