Imagine a scenario where your boss delegate you to be the leader of your dream project. Despite all the time, energy, and efforts you devoted for the project, at the end of the day your supervisor still criticise it and give you negative feedbacks. Trapped in such situation, you might feel both upset and anxious. But relax! Getting negative feedbacks does not mean the end of the world. Rather than letting yourself down feeling defeated and angry, this is the right time for you to wake up and get motivated.

Dealing with the fact that you get negative feedbacks despite all your efforts is not an easy thing to deal with. This becomes more difficult to cope with when you think that you have given the best performance, so such undesirable review will discourage you from striving to do bettter instead.

However, getting negative feedbacks does not mean that you are a poor performer, or your career is going downhill. Everyone has their ups and downs in their job, so do you. Rather than blaming yourself (or maybe others) for the bad review, you should alter the perspective and let the criticisms sink in your mind. Manage the negative reviews the right way and it will turn you to be a better employee.

Here are some ways you can get motivated from negative feedbacks that will encourage you during down times:

Stay calm and listen carefully

It is crucial to not lose your calm when you hear a negative feedback from your boss. The first thing you have to do is take a deep breath and relax. When the feedback is delivered face-to-face, calmly wait until your supervisor finish and focus on what they are telling you. Do not build up a defensive attitude because this will only backfire you. If the feedback is delivered in written form, take some time to pause and digest the words. When you have calmed down, write your boss back and kindly say thank for the feedback. For both oral and written, ask your boss to not only provide negative feedbacks, but also the solution for your shortcomings by providing constructive ones as well.

Act only as needed

Do not be caught off guard and let your emotion mounts up, or else you will lose control of the whole situation. You might want to to defend yourself, but it is important to act sensibly by refraining yourself from doing anything excessive. If you are given an opportunity to present your reasons or refute your boss, do it politely so there will no prolonged problem in the future. Instead of showing defiance and make your boss upset, it would be tactful if you comply with them for the moment.

Make a plan

When you have stayed calm and acted sensibly, the next step is to make a plan. When you get negative feedback, something might be wrong with your job. You are not always right, so is your boss. That being said, this is the right time for you to evaluate your working method. Make a reachable plan that will help you become a better employee. Sketch out an attainable plan that will help you achieve the goal. Observe the root problems that lead you to the negative feedbacks and see the room for improvement. Only when you know what the real problem is, you can think of the way out.

Follow up

Learn from the past mistakes. When you have discovered the root problems and collected the tools that will help you improve your self-development, all that is left now is how you get to make it work. You should evaluate your own performance to assess whether you have been running on the right track or not.

Receiving thumbs down from your boss never comes as a pleasant experience. However, it does provide you opportunity to gauge your own quality and make improvements on it. The main hack to handle this situation is by changing your perspective and turn the negative reviews into positive ones in the future.

Are you a fresh graduate in the process of job hunting? Every job seeker can imagine the strenuous process and experience of landing a job the regular way: graduating from reputed university, searching for job openings, applying for the job, going through tests and interview, and finally, the job offer from one of the companies.

The problem however is, sometimes reality bites. Regardless of how meticulously you plan out everything, unexpected things do happen and scatter your plans away. Should you just go with the flow, then?

Upon finishing your education, you might start thinking of what the future brings to you. After the graduation day, you create a career plan as a guide along your journey to the professional world. However, you should bear in mind that everything doesn’t always turn out as anticipated. Since, life is not merely a checklist that follows your instincts and will to succeed, there are times when you have to compromise and negotiate with the current circumstances.

Professional world is full of uncertainty. As the old adage goes, ‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ It means, no matter how prudently you have arranged everything in your life (including charting out a professional career pathway), there is no solid guarantee that your life will function smoothly as you initially wished for.

Here are reasons why you should say goodbye to your rigid career plans and just go with the flow:

  1.    It releases you from limiting beliefs

Have you ever thought of something similar like this, ‘Oh, I can never be a leader, as I don’t have supporting leadership skills’? Such negative thoughts are formed from limiting career beliefs that comes within yourself.

Fear of failure and criticism is one of the most common limiting beliefs, that stops you from trying something new. When you decide to go with the flow, you will be freed from your limiting beliefs and ready to seize every challenge that lies ahead.

  1.    It helps you trust yourself

Before you can trust anyone else, it is critical to trust yourself first. Going with the flow will help you have faith on your own ability, to deal with everyday problems. When something is out of your control, you might be anxious about the future.

However, when it turns out to be fine towards the end, it will give you a greater sense of confidence. You will be convinced that you can handle everything better than you might have thought.

  1.    It helps you focus

When you create a list of everything, sometimes it makes you pay attention to trivial details more than the important ones. For example, when you are preparing for a job interview, you might list everything out, so you should bring from A to Z.

But you forget to bring the most important thing: your heart and passion at work. When you go with the flow, you can focus on something that matters in your life, more than anything else.

  1.    It makes you enjoy life

What is the joy of living out of scripted life? You can enjoy life more when you just go with the flow. No matter if you have to start your career right from the scratch you will find that every job is meaningful. Job search is hard. It becomes even harder when you feel that you have no idea of what you would do for longevity in career.

However, no matter what you do for living as a job or nurturing a silent dream and passion for life, you should think of the job as an experience that will enrich your soul. The trick is to see something things from different point of view, and you will find the job more enjoyable.

Rather than getting stressed up and anxious about the future, all you have to do is to accept what life brings and go with the flow. Take a deep breath and relax, because towards the end, everything will happen naturally.

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First discovered in Africa in the 1950s, Zika virus has spread rapidly to the whole world. Based on the latest report by WHO (World Health Organisation), there are 69 countries or territories reporting Zika virus transmission since January 2015.

While in South-east Asia, Singapore is one of the most infected countries according to the MoH (Ministry of Health) reporting hundreds of citizens being infected by Zika virus in August 2016. Seeing this increasingly alarming pandemic, employers are urged to initiate programs to prevent Zika virus from spreading wider at the workplace.

Generally speaking, Zika virus is mosquito-borne disease transmitted by the bites of an Aedes mosquito, just like Chikungunya and dengue. Based on MoH report, there are some visible symptoms to tell if someone is infected with this virus.

The symptoms include fever, skin rashes, joint and muscle pains, headache, and red eyes. If you notice your employees or co-workers experiencing these indications within 4 to 7 days, you should be more cautious because there is a high possibility that they had been infected by Zika virus.

Given the massive spread of the Aedes mosquito, it is not surprising that outdoor workers such as healthcare and laboratory workers, as well as business travellers are at most risk of being exposed to Zika virus. Additionally, Zika is also dangerous for pregnant women because it might affect foetus development in the womb and cause microcephaly when they are born.

In order to stay safe from virus attacks, here are some ways on how you can protect the workplace from Zika virus:

Use mosquito repellent. Even if you work indoors, you still need to apply mosquito repellent for better protection. Use branded repellents that have been legally tested and those which contain active ingredients such as oil of lemon eucalyptus, picaridin, or para-menthane-diol. Follow the usage instructions as enlisted on the package. Bear in mind to apply only as necessary and avoid using it excessively, since it could be risky instead.

Wear long and covered clothing. If you work outdoor, wear long clothing that covers your arms, neck, and legs such that your body will not be bitten easily by mosquitoes. Avoid dark-coloured clothes like black and brown because it will attract mosquitoes. Instead, wear bright-coloured clothing such as white or yellow as mosquitoes hate them.

Unless you are required to work in outdoor areas, it will be better if you keep yourself hidden in a shaded area with wire-mesh screens and air conditioner to keep out mosquitoes.

Clear out standing water. Even a small pool of standing water could be the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes use a puddle of water to lay their eggs, which then develop into larvae and eventually become adult mosquitoes. Mosquitoes breed very quickly and they infect the surrounding area quickly as well.

That is why Zika virus can spread in the entire environment rapidly, especially after someone is infected. Therefore, you need to prevent the virus from spreading out, by clearing any standing water as well as areas that allow mosquitoes to swarm, such as pile of hangers and abandoned trash such as cups and soda cans.

Mosquito fogging. If necessary, you can call the health department to conduct fogging in the workplace. The health workers would know mosquito breeding grounds and spray across the areas for mosquitoes to suffocate. Although you may need to invest some money into this clearing exercise, it would only ensure better safety net for your employees.

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“Hey. Want to grab some burgers from that new café?”

“Nah. I’m waiting for urgent calls so I’ll just have lunch in my cube.”

Do you often experience similar case as above? When the deadlines are coming close, it makes us feel like we cannot spare those precious 30 minutes to get out of the desk. Everything can happen in minutes, so if we take lunch away from the telephone and computer, we are afraid that we will miss urgent calls or emails. Most workers will agree that eating at their desk is not an uncommon activity. In fact, most of us must have done at some point in time.

There are various reasons why people choose eating at their desk rather than allocating some time to the office cafeteria. Some people think that getting lunch at their cube or desks is okay because it will save them time and is more practical, while some others are simply too comfy sitting on the chair that they do not care to move. Whatever the reason is, lunch is not merely sometime to gulp in food, so you have energy to get the job done.

More than that, lunch should be a great time to refresh your body and mind after hours of being immersed in the pile of work. Instead of efficiency and practicality, eating lunch at desk will bring you more minuses than pluses. If you need to be convinced, check out the disadvantages of eating lunch at desk:

Messy and smelly desk

One obvious reason to never eat lunch on your desk is because it will make your cube all messy and smelly. Desk is the place where you finish your jobs, so you should make it comfortable to keep it clean and neat. If you bring your lunch to the desk, imagine eating sandwich or toast and you accidentally leave crumbs here and there. It will make the table all dirty and ants soon come swarming the desk, not to mention the mess it will create.

In addition, lunch will make your cube smelly, especially if you bring strong smelling foods such as onions, cheese, pickles, sauerkraut, or ginger. Even if these smells are perfectly fine to you, it will spread to the entire room and you can never know how your co-workers will react. So to be safe, it is better not to do such a thing.

Bad work relationship

If you keep refusing your co-workers invitation to eat outside, they would get wrong ideas that you hate socialising with them. Not only will it cause misunderstanding, but you will also lose an opportunity to build interpersonal relationships with your colleagues.

In work relationship, to create better teamwork, it is important to know your co-worker personally. By having lunch together, you can share personal stuffs such as families, hobbies, interests, or simply latest gossips. Simple and light conversation will help you know better your co-workers better and exchange positive vibes.

By doing so, it will create better communication that will be useful in accomplishing projects and tasks. Moreover, if some conflicts among colleagues arises in the future, you will know how to deal with them as you know their characters and personalities.

Unhealthy

What happens if you have lunch while staring at your computer 9 hours straight in a day? Multitasking and finishing the job earlier? Nope. It will only make you unhealthy. First, you will only be stressful as you cannot get your attention away from work.  Second, you have no chance to get up and move from your desk, which is not good for your bone.

Third, staring at the screen too long will make your eyes tired and worsen your eyesight. Fourth, you cannot get fresh air to energise your mind. Fifth, you will have no time for a short-walk after lunch to burn some calories so the foods will not pile up and become fat. Considering all these disadvantages, are you still reluctant from taking lunch break outside of your work desk?

Less productive

Surprisingly, eating lunch at the desk does not make you more productive. Contrary to popular beliefs, eating lunch at desk does not improve one’s productivity and efficiency. If you think that you can focus on the job while munching your lunch, you are wrong.

Our body and brain has physical limitation that needs to be rested, and eating out with your co-workers is the simplest thing you can do to refresh them. After coming back from lunch, you will be ready to maximise your productivity until the rest of the day.

Human beings are not a tireless robot. At the workplace, lunch is the perfect time when you can get mental breaks to keep your health and sanity. If you happen to read this piece while lunching at your desk, then move out of your seat now and join your co-worker outside.

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It is important for students to realize the importance of internship, as this program is not merely about showing your face and listing your name in a company’s internship record.

Most of the employers now prefer to hire those who have relevant work experiences rather than those who don’t, as they are considered to have a higher dedication and comprehension to their job fields.

However, some students regularly forget that they are no longer students in the office waiting to be mentored during the internship. They are expected to show effort in their work with a positive attitude.

It is important to perform your best during the internship program and avoid making these 8 common mistakes as follow:

Your First Day

It’s your first day at work, and your superior is taking you on a company tour. Do not let it become a useless ritual! Utilize this great beginning to ask questions, especially things related to your job field and how you can help during your stay.

Meetings

Meetings happen almost every single day, but do you know what to do? Everybody is busy preparing for the meeting and it is not okay for you to just wait at your desk, isn’t it? As an internship student, be proactive and enthusiastic, ask about how you can help.

Networking

To have a good relationship with the top seniors and managers is awesome, as it enhances the chances in being offered a job in future after your graduation. However, horizontal networkings (junior staffs and co-workers) are also valuable, as they can give you great advice, career support and relevant references.

Getting frustrated and bored

Not all companies are well-prepared enough to welcome internship students. They just open up the gate and let the students do what they need to do, without a structural job description and detailed run down activities. Instead of feeling bored and frustrated, it is good to be actively observant and find out how your effort and skills can contribute to the company.

Small tasks

Your boss won’t let you run until you can walk. Small tasks, even if those don’t relate to your skills and potencies, are tests. When you did an exceptional job at it, your managers will let you handle bigger projects, and this is what you should be working towards! Be enthusiastic and don’t underestimate every single small task you receive, as this will lead to a better impression to the company.

Sloppy emails

Company’s formal emails are much more different with those you send to your parents and best friends. Simple issues like headings, greetings and formal signatures could be disastrous if you are dealing with business matters, especially customers. Therefore, don’t be hurry-scurry to click the send icon, ask your supervisors to proofread the draft (if needed) and do proper revision! Always double-check!

Inappropriate dressing

What you wear to work is as critical as your skill performance. Before starting your internship, observe what the others are wearing to work. If you have an internship at a startup company, it is possible that you could be just donning on casual wear. However, corporate companies commonly demand formal dress codes for the people. If it is necessary, go and pick some new formal shirts and pants/skirts!

When the program is over, don’t forget to send personal thank you notes or emails to the company’s supervisors, managers and employees whom you have worked with. The internship might be over but don’t let it ruin your good relationship with the people!

Internship is a great opportunity for every student. Be ready for the program and avoid these 8 common mistakes to gain the best and show your most impressive performance in the company!

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