[Blog 28] The Chief Guru Chronicles 104: We’re Not In Kansas Anymore

Tripartism and social dialogue has always been the building block for the stable industrial relations within our country’s business and political environment. We may fail to admit it but the fact remains that we owe much of our nation’s thriving businesses, growing salaries, and low levels of unemployment to...

[Blog 27] The Chief Guru Chronicles 103: Avoid The Sharks, Swim With The Fishes

Picture this: You are an established company seeking opportunities to expand your operations in an ideal climate for your business. Under you radar is a foreign land reputable for its flourishing economy, yet one perceived to be one of the most corrupt countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Despite...

[Blog 26] The Chief Guru Chronicles 102: How Would You Like Your Justice Served?

While you always want to assume that the majority of your employees are upstanding and honest citizens, there is no escape from encountering rogues in the pack from time to time. Many managers find themselves stumped and do not know the course of action to take when it comes...

[Blog 25] Thinking Out Loud: Leaders Don’t Always Have The Answers

For decades, the traditional role of human resource has been unflatteringly perceived as merely administrative, encompassing personnel functions such as “hire and fire”, payroll administration, systemising of company policies and the like. Fast forward to today, it is now turning into a strategic function brimming with complexities that involves...

[Blog 24] The Chief Guru Chronicles 101: When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do

As a HR professional operating in a foreign land, what would you make of policies that encourage communality harmony rather than opportunities for growth? In an era of globalisation and cross-cultural interaction, is it wise to respect their regard for tradition or should said policies be amended to conform...

[Blog 23] Small Pond or Big Pond? Just Keep Swimming.

Our life is bound to revolve around cycles: situations and demands transits chronologically with time, much like the evolving nature of our occupation development. Specific attitudes, behaviours and competencies are often closely associated with each stage of our career, where one typically requires you to grasp and master certain...

[Blog 22] The Six Pillars of Trust – H.R. G.U.R.U

Trust is perhaps the most preeminent factor in a workplace. Although it might be a challenging attribute to quantify, trust lends to a harmonious and synergetic work environment, without which a business would not be able to flourish. A lack of trust may also cause team spirit and productivity...

[Blog 21] Thinking Out Loud: I Pay $$$, I Am King

A quote by Margaret Thatcher goes, “Being powerful is like being a lady: if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” This notion can be easily applied in the landscape of a workplace where power often comes naturally with a position of leadership, although there are instances...

[Blog 20] Don’t Wait For The Sun to Rise From The West: The Role of HR In Innovation

As more and more organisations scurry in the rat race to be at the forefront of today’s dynamic business landscape, a growing number of companies are responding with ideas-turned-meaningful-innovations in an effort to sustain performance and growth. Nevertheless, a recent study by PageUp found that entities in Asia tend...

[Blog 19] Not Your Money, You Don’t Care: Five Causes of Retrenchment

In the past year, the job market in Singapore has been far from rosy with a significant number of retrenchments. Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) let go off 130 of its employees to cut costs and most recently, Nestle Singapore reportedly laid off about 42 staff, stating they are “committed...