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ALMOST THERE.. JUST 103 DAYS AWAY..

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Have you ever been hired for your dream job and then quickly realised that you are completely under qualified ? What if you learned that this particular job took all of your time and efforts, but instead of getting paid for your work you spent money to make the work happen ? What if despite all that you knew that this job was a work of love and that it would help to make your dreams come true ?? That is exactly how I would explain my wedding planning journey thus far; my part-time job that utilizes all my time, money and brain juice. 

I never thought that planning my own wedding would turn into a "part-time job" while still working my full-time job and attempting to balance my personal life and sanity. As a bride on a budget, my resources are very important to me and that includes time and money. My wedding is now 103 days away and I am starting to feel the pressure of meeting my wedding project deadlines, especially when Oppa will be busy with outfields after outfields. Sometimes I thought about taking a leave of absence to commit my time to my dream job, and then I realized I needed my real job to support my dream job too ! 

During this wedding planning time I been very resourceful and used all types of media outlets such as Pintrest, Instagram, FaceBook, and every wedding blog I could find. I have taken this “part-time job” seriously by investing time, efforts and support from those around me to make my wedding a success. I have utilized all the apps, tips, and tools and at the end of the day, I am still not done. This entire phase of my engagement has not only been hard work, it’s been extensive, stressful, conflict-causing, and exciting none the less. 

So, let's see what is done and what is not. Do let me know if there is something that I need to look into too..

✅ ROM application
✅ ROM dress & nails
✅ Wedding bands
✅ Prewedding Shoot, Album & Video
✅ AD Reception Venue
✅ AD VG & PG
✅ AD gowns, makeup & hair
✅ AD bouquet & corsages
✅ Both mom's evening gowns
✅ 1st March in song
✅ Bridesmaid Invites
✅ Bridesmaids dresses

❌ ROM bouquet
❌ Brothers suits
❌ Guest List & Invites
❌ AD itinerary
❌ Banquet Emcee Script
❌ 2nd March in song
❌ AD Album Table Deco
❌ Finalise photo layout with designer
❌ KR Iti

JOB HOPPING ?

Friday, August 14, 2015

Singaporean companies have trouble retaining their employees. Sounds harsh, but it’s true. Job hopping is a practice here, and famously unhappy employees are quick to jump ship the moment something better comes along. This has left many employers wringing their hands in despair.

While so many employers are clueless about why their workers start running for the exit seconds after they sign the employment contract, if you’ve ever been a worker here the reasons are obvious. Here are some of the biggest reasons employees “throw letter”.

Anal-retentive attendance and face-time rules - Most Singaporean employees work copious amounts of overtime. In fact, the number of people who regularly OT has been estimated at a shocking 90%. In addition, ask a foreigner what they know about Singapore and nowadays you won’t hear that much about chewing gum—instead, they will tell you that we work a lot, having read reports that Singaporeans work the longest hours in the world.

Given all of the above, employers who are anal-retentive about attendance and face-time piss employees off and are less likely to instill loyalty in their staff. Try telling an employee who has been pulling 12 hour days in the office that he was 15 minutes late that morning and he will be making a voodoo doll out of your likeness. I once worked for an office that would circulate an email each morning containing the names of everyone who came in late. That proved to be terrible for morale and within a year 90% of the employees on my team had left.

Disrespectful treatment - Not all Singaporean bosses are like this—in fact, I have worked with bosses who were all-round nice guys. But let us be upfront about it—there are Singaporean bosses who treat their staff so badly they could be jailed for such behaviour in another country. For instance, ask any young lawyer in private practice and at least half will know a friend or colleague who has had a file flung across the room at them by an irate partner.

Shouting, screaming, making offensive personal remarks and demanding unpaid overtime are common occurrences at some offices. The Singaporean workplace is often toxic to the point where workers are suffering from depression and burnout. It’s a well-known saying that employees do not leave their companies, they leave their bosses. And from the looks of it, unless workplace culture here changes, employees will continue fleeing in droves.

Low salary and increments - On the face of it, middle class Singaporeans earn an equitable salary. After all, the median income is fairly high, right ? However, scratch beneath the surface and you will find workers who are paid too little to survive on and middle class employees whose take home pay, minus CPF deductions and the expenses of their homes and daily lives, does not leave much room for savings. Add to that the fact that annual increments tend to be on the low side in many industries and at times cannot keep pace with inflation, and you have got a recipe for job hopping.

In fact, most recruitment agents do not recommend staying in a job for more than 3 years because low annual increments might cause an employee’s purchasing power to fall with time.

Poor career growth prospects - Career growth is a constant preoccupation in Singapore. People need upward mobility in order to survive rising costs, so even those who are happy in their current positions are constantly looking for an upgrade. And many SMEs are not in a position to offer the kind of career prospects employees crave.

For instance, many family-owned firms tend to promote slowly and sparingly as posts in senior management are reserved for family members. 40% of employees in a recent survey cited lack of career growth as a key reason they were planning to quit their jobs. Employers who pay well but aren’t helping their employees advance in their careers might want to take note of that.

Poor work-life balance - Long hours at the office are the norm in Singapore, but do not think for a moment that Singaporeans do not care about that. An increasing number of people are quitting their jobs due to poor work-life balance, signalling a sea change in local attitudes towards careers. According to one survey, 57% of Singaporeans said they would pick work-life balance over higher pay. And Singaporeans are getting unhappier and unhappier with work-life balance here.

Employers might try to squeeze as much work out of their employees as they can on the salaries they pay them. But they have to be aware that overworking their employees comes at a cost when these workers move on rapidly, leaving their hapless bosses in an endless cycle of rehiring and retraining.

- Contents from : Yahoo Finance -

RESETTING THE WEEK

Monday, August 10, 2015

Whether you call it the Sunday scaries or the Sunday sads, it I s always a little tough to transit back to the workweek after a couple of days off. Thankfully there are a few easy things we can do to make the arrival of Monday a little smoother.

Below is some stuffs I came across online and is trying to do every Sunday night to reset and make sure I am prepped for the week ahead.