[Blog 32] Thinking Out Loud: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility… Or Is It?

It’s rare to get through one’s career without having to encounter a not-so-inspiring toxic boss who contaminates the workplace. Truth be told, bad bosses do not only exist in movies; they are a reality. Unfortunately, many tend to fly under the radar because employees tend to have the habit...

[Blog 31] The Chief Guru Chronicles 107: When The Going Gets Tough, Hang In There

Crises can happen anywhere and at any time, even when you least expect it. Whether it comes in the form of an unrest or conflictual scenario, it is never a pleasant ordeal. Taking the welfare, safety and health of employees into consideration, dealing with a crisis requires HR practitioners...

[Blog 30] The Chief Guru Chronicles 106: Mind Over Matter

Adopting a global mindset is imperative in today’s world where conflicting interpretations of culture and values are inevitable. This encompasses a wide spectrum of dimensions and factors that can influence employee engagement, even coming down to ethnicities, religion, history and geographical locations. The perception of the world among various...

[Blog 29] The Chief Guru Chronicles 105: Go Global, Act Local

While a supportive and nurturing boss is vital to your overall job experience and development—especially during the early stages of your career—do you ever feel like your manager couldn’t care less about or undermines your career growth? You display enthusiasm with a set of exceptional work ethics to boot,...

[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...