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6 Ways to Attract the Most Talented Employees

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The competition to attract top-notch employees is tough – are you doing all you can to get them on your side? Here are 6 ways you can catch the attention of A-grade talent.

Big name companies hardly ever suffer a shortage of job applicants; however, start-ups and SMEs face several challenges drawing in premium stocks of talent. Can anything be done to get the crème de la crème to join your cause? Here’s a list of things you can do to bring them over to the dark side (or light side, whichever you are):


1. Build a kickass company website

It’s the first stop for any good would-be employee. So here’s your chance to shine and relay the right kind of information.

For companies that aren’t well-known to the public, a strong website shows first off, that you are indeed legitimate. But what exactly makes a website ‘kickass’? Aside from the basics of appearing well-organized with links that redirect accurately, a great website should give the impression that it was created professionally. This means sufficient content, proper grammar and regular updates.

From the perspective of future employees, your kickass website needs to be equipped with a dedicated HR page. Here, you can take the opportunity to impress prospective employees with what you can offer, as well as tell them what it is you are looking for. Not only are you potentially attracting top employees, but rather ones, that also meld with the culture of your company.

Sime Darby’s career page is an excellent example what an effective HR section should look like. It highlights their diverse staffer pool, previews the experience of working for them, and more importantly, lists out highly-sought training programs. With a page like this, future employees have access to valuable insight that you can design to deepen interests in the company.


2. Be seen and heard


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It’s not that you have to be on every billboard, in fact, many top companies do just fine working in the background, and most B2B companies tend to operate this way.  What’s important is that you develop a presence within your industry, no matter the size of your firm.

How do you do this? One way is to gain an online presence, which may be done inexpensively by utilising social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. You may also employ the use of a blog to brag about your CSR activities, announce news about your company, and publish other industry-specific stories that could highlight your place as a significant player.

For smaller companies, if it is applicable to your business format to advertise, then do negotiate a spread or editorial piece in relevant publications for a little more face time.


3. Perk up compensation and benefits programs

The cost of transportation has gone way up – petrol, toll, and the like, but your mileage cover is over 10 years old? That’s not going to fly with top employees, because they are used to getting the good stuff.

Most jobseekers have a pretty good idea of what generous, basic and mediocre benefits look like, so if yours isn’t up to par, don’t expect the shining stars to be too impressed. Of course you don’t have to offer the sun and the moon, just be fair and good employees will appreciate that.  

Review salary levels and benefits in comparison to other companies in your industry, and try to offer similar packages within that scale.  If indeed, you can afford to perk it up a little, then consider this list of the most appreciated and sought after benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical & insurance coverage
  • Maximum employer EPF contribution
  • Training and education reimbursement
  • Performance bonuses
  • Company loans for home or car purchase
  • Gym memberships

If your company is tightening its purse strings however, then you’ll need to get creative with compensation offers.  Consider applying non-money benefits such as flexi-hours, telecommuting and extended annual leave days.

Make your attractive benefits known to jobseekers by including these amazing perks on your job ads and HR page.


4. Showcase your top employees


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Shining stars tend to attract one another, so light a beacon and more A-grade employees will follow. Draw attention to your top performing people by acknowledging their triumphs on your website, company social media page or even by posting on LinkedIn.

With this, not only are you showing appreciation and validation for the successful labour of your employees, you’re also seamlessly highlighting the achievements of your organization.  

Similarly, make it a point to introduce your new hires with a welcome message that communicates their particular accomplishments and accolades. This will further enforce the image that a powerful team is working behind you and be a source of encouragement for other power players to join in.  


5. Be more than just money

Yes, offering higher starting salaries or promising increments is attractive and tempting – but this is not the only way to attract the cream of the crop. Besides, you don’t want people who are only in it for the money; you want commitment, a sense of responsibility and real leaders.

These people are hard to come by, in fact, they are usually drawn to something more than just financial gain – they want growth potential for the time they’ll be investing. It’s the same thing you would look for in an investment, a proper return.

Looking beyond money, executives and those moving on to managerial positions want the chance to develop professionally. Be ready to offer up opportunities for advancement, this could mean anything from implementing mentorship programs to fast-tracking the careers of top performers with managerial training schemes.


6. Brand Yourself as a Top Employer

This is easier said than done because it involves building a reputation which takes time and a real commitment to fulfill your promise as a good employer. In other words, you’ll have to walk the walk.

For example, Shell –  voted one of The World’s 100 Most InDemand Employers 2014 – regularly conducts employee surveys in an effort to listen to their peoples’ needs for improvement. So in this case, the key to branding as a top employer lies with your current employees and how they perceive the work environment.

Furthermore, effective branding requires an ongoing effort. If you look at the rankings for  Malaysia’s 100 Leading Graduate Employers, you’ll see that Maybank has made the Top 5 from 2012 to 2015, and if you look closer you’ll also notice that the list is dominated by mostly the same players, year in, year out.  This is because continuity is also an important part of branding, and thus, an active and constant push to attract the best people needs to be in place for your brand to sustain.

Quick question – what’s the most valuable and underrated asset in your company?  You guessed it! It’s the creative, highly-capable folks who work tirelessly to support your operations, rain or shine. Isn’t it awesome that you now know how to attract more of them?



This article was written by Desiree Nair, who is a contributing writer for

Discussions You Shouldn’t Bring To The Break Room At Work

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As the saying goes, some things are better left unsaid or, untouched. The break room at work is the place for people to briefly escape the stresses from work. Interesting topics that can get the conversation going are always welcomed with open arms and a little bit of humor here and there wouldn’t hurt too; but some topics should be avoided as it may trigger an awkward situation between you and your colleagues.  So, unless if your goal is to alienate yourself from the rest of your colleagues, then you should really avoid these discussions:


1. Your personal problems


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You have problems. I have problems. Everyone has problems, but don’t just go pouring your heart out to everyone at the office about the problems in your life as you’ll paint a picture of a desperate person who needs a shoulder to cry on and the notion that “my problem is bigger than yours”. Unless if your problems are big enough that you truly need someone to talk to (i.e death in the family, internal problems), don’t bring your personal issues to your colleagues as they already have their own problems to deal with.


2. Your bedroom life

Straight off the bat, what happens in your bedroom should strictly remain in the bedroom. Don’t gloat about how wild you and your partner were last night or talk about any of your dreadful sexual experiences in the past because quite frankly, no one really wants to know not to mention it makes those around you downright uncomfortable. Furthermore, Asian cultures tend to be a tad bit more conservative so there are boundaries of what is more – should I say, “appropriate” to share.


3. Bad news


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“I hate to be the bearer of bad news guys but… ” You don’t want to be the person that brings bad news to the table, especially during a conversation in the break room because it’s the place where people generally chill and take a moment to escape from work. Naturally, the last thing that they want to hear during a conversation is news that someone would be laid off or the complications of a business deal.


4. Political/religious views


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Everyone has different opinions, ranging from fashion to sports to which OS is superior and yes, including political ideologies and religious beliefs.

But unlike most conventional topics, religion and politics are usually very controversial topics that divides people as they’re usually sensitive about it. Bringing up and imposing either your political or religious views spells trouble and is likely to create friction among you and your colleagues.


5. Bad mouthing your colleagues

Anything that you say will and can be used against you. We’ve all heard it countless times before on television, whenever the police make an arrest they will utter these words – known as the Miranda warning – to an offender. Bad mouthing your colleagues in front of your other colleagues, is like shooting yourself in the foot. In addition to that, your words might be used against you in the future if word managers to reach the ear of your superiors it could cost you your job.


So there you have it folks, 5 things that you shouldn’t bring to the break room. Remember, the break room is meant for a place to relax, it’s where interesting topics, light-hearted conversations and humor occurs.

Of course, that’s not to say that we can’t talk about the topics above, but it largely depends on many factors ranging from the level of friendship with your colleagues and of course, timing as well.

You may not have the intention to offend somebody and maybe it’s part of your personality to speak your mind or to express yourself, but to those who might not know you too well, it seems offensive.

Top Things To Have At The Office Pantry!

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Other than the conventional 1 hour lunch break, we spend the remaining portion of our time at the office well, working. The general consensus is that the longer we spend our time working, the more it translates to our productivity (very far-fetched I know, but bear with me).

But a research done by Cornell University showed that work accuracy increased by 13% among the participants who were reminded to take short breaks between work compared to those who did not. The fastest typist also made 40% lesser errors compared to those who were not reminded to take breaks.

So what does this ultimately mean? Well for starters, it means that humans are unlike robots who can function on a consistent basis. We need to take a few minutes off from our computer screens every now and then to relax and unwind so that we can improve our cognitive thinking as habitual processes both restricts and kills creativity.

Some organizations have television sets, spa or beanie cushions for their employees to take a moment to take their mind off work.

For the rest of us who do not have the luxury like some offices, we can curse our luck or our fates all we want, but in truth, a relaxing and comfortable pantry that has most of the essential items would be decent enough for employees to take a moment to recharge and socialize with some of their colleagues in order to drift from work. Ideally, here are some of the things that every pantry should have:


1. Water dispenser/water cooler


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70 percent of our body consists of water, and that tells a whole lot about the importance of water to our body. Keeping hydrated is crucially important for the maintenance of the muscles and organs while it helps to eliminate waste products that are discharged from our bodies. So needless to say a water dispenser/water cooler at the office is much more of a necessity rather than a luxury. Without water there can be coffee, tea or even instant oats.


2. Coffee machine


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Speaking of coffee, Malaysians in general, have a craze for coffee. Besides the many western coffeehouse franchises such as Starbucks and other western-influenced cafe establishments, Malaysians have their own versions of different varieties of coffee that are available in kopitiams nationwide. So it’s safe to say that coffee is certainly part of the Malaysian culture and at work, it’s no different.

Some people are coffee addicts who simply need coffee to get the engine going, otherwise they would be stuck in second gear. To these freaks, coffee is like an elixir to them as that caffeine intake helps to boost their productivity and concentration. A pantry that doesn’t have any coffee may affect the morale of office.


3. Cutlery


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Whether if their disposal ones or not, cutlery should always be readily available in the pantry for obvious reasons – making coffee, eating and for spreading your favorite spreads on your bread/biscuits.


4. Microwave oven

With the high cost of living and inflation rates that are currently out there, it isn’t all that surprising to see people tightening their purse strings and finding ways to save cost – one of them being packing homemade lunches from home. However, it’s very likely that their food would be cold by lunch time so they would need to reheat their food, therefore a handy microwave oven is good to have around to boost the office morale.


5. Sugar, spice and everything nice


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Whether if it’s sugar, salt, ketchup, barbecue sauce or spices, there can never be enough condiments as different people have different tastes and there are a zillion ways to use those items.


6. Refrigerator
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A fridge will allow everyone at the office to store their lunches, fruits, candies, chocolates, milk, cakes, cheese, chilled drinks, those expensive organic spreads and last but not least, for tea and coffee lovers – creamers. A nice bottle of champagne for a future celebration wouldn’t hurt either.


7. Tidbits


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We get our fuel and energy mainly through consuming food and there are but a few things that makes people happier than food, so it’s great to have a few biscuits, bread, canned food or potato chips laying around so that people can work without an empty stomach. For a more healthier and nutritional alternatives, nuts, fruits and carrots would be ideal for the health junkies around.


8. Newspapers/magazines

Of course the pantry doesn’t need to be just about food, some entertainment would be something welcoming as well. It can be a breath of fresh air to read an interesting article in a magazine or newspapers instead of staring at a phone or iPad while enjoying a short coffee break. Different varieties of magazines would be an icing on the cake.


9. Cool decorations

Computers, laptops, photocopy machines, the endless noise of buzzing phones; the office environment can feel extremely mundane to many, which is a bad thing because as mentioned above, it restricts and kills creativity. People become creative through inspiration and there’s nothing inspirational about computers and office desks. That is why many organizations invest heavily in making their employees feel less like needing to come to work but rather wanting to come to work, to make them feel comfortable and above all, happy.

Decorations such as an inspiring art piece, a painting or even a seasonal decoration in the pantry such as a Christmas tree, could help in reigniting the spirits of employees so that they can feel better and not like a lab rat.


The Pro’s And Con’s Of Working From Home

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Working from home is now a common and popular practice in today’s society, especially true among the stay-at-home parents and independent business communities.

It’s also the most attractive prospect among the generation of the baby boomers and millennials when they’re job hunting as they find the conventional 9-5 working hours less appealing.

In addition to that, some question the need to work in an office when they could literally get the job done at home and send it via email.

From having a much more flexible working time to spending more time with their families, working from home is also attractive to the people who are more results oriented because it allows them to complete their tasks early instead of waiting for the time to pass by at the conventional 9-5 hour job.

But like everything else in this world, there are pro’s and con’s to everything – including a prospect as attractive as working from home:


You don’t have to commute to work!


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Think of how appealing it is when you can avoid congested traffic, the overly packed trains and the often tardy buses plus the stress that comes along with it! Working from home means that you won’t have to waste precious time getting caught in traffic and waiting for public transport.


You can ditch the office dress code!

The way we dress is the manifestation of our personality. Most workplaces have a dress code so we need to abide and respect it. It may not be a problem to some but to others it can be mundane to follow a particular dress code while to others, it may restrict them from expressing themselves.

Working from home means the dress code rule does not apply to you, you can be in your singlets, pyjamas or in your shorts. You can wear what you truly feel comfortable with, without offending anyone or violating any dress code.


Lesser distractions!

No more listening to nagging colleagues, loud chatters at the workplace, loud typing sounds, loud music, the sound of the photocopy machine or the endless annoying sound of doors opening and closing. You get to focus on your work in a state of tranquility.



The thought of being free is both exhilarating and a new breath of fresh air right?

If you feel like taking a break, no one is going to berate you for it. You can sit wherever you want and turn on the music as loud as you want.

Feel like working at a cafe? Just bring along your laptop with you and you’re good to go!

Hungry but it’s not even lunch hour yet? Why, simply take a few steps to the kitchen and whip yourself a tasty and fulfilling meal. Don’t feel like getting out of bed? No problem, just work on your bed then!

You get to work at the comfort of your own home as well as the flexibility that you won’t normally obtain at a workplace.


Be closer to your family!


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Let’s face it, we spend a large chunk of our day at work that by the time we get home it would be already dark and we would also be too mentally tired to spend time with our loved ones.

Some of us might even need to do some house chores when we arrive home. Coupled with the work-related stress and the stress from heavy traffic sandwiched in between, the amount of time and energy that we can spend with our family members are truly limited.

However, if you work from home, you get the luxury of spending more quality time with your family, especially if you have kids. You get to bond with them better as well communicating with them more often.


Cut your expenses!

Renting an office space is out of the picture, so is spending money on overly priced meals, parking fees and traveling costs. Plus you get to save a ton on clothes/uniforms as well!

It’s also a plus point for those who live far away from the office and have to either rent or buy a place that’s closer to work in order to shorten the distance that they travel each day.


It’s great for stay-at-home parents/ retirees who want extra income!

If you’re a stay at home parent who needs to take care of your children but also need some extra income, working from home is a win-win situation for you. There are also plenty of work from home jobs for retirees such as writing and telemarketing – whether if it’s part-time of freelance work.


Increased productivity!


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Working from home creates an environment that’s calmer, less restrictive and more comfortable – which stimulates your creative juices.

Lesser distractions equals more work done, more work done equals more productivity, more productivity means more work completed, more work completed means more free time! Who doesn’t like more free time?



And now, for the cons. Cue the sad music.



You need to be highly self-motivated!


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With all the benefits of being at the comfort of your home and more, it can be slightly challenging to find motivation for you to work.

Firstly,you’re in a much more relaxing environment compared to a conventional workplace, so you might find yourself relaxing more than working, especially true when you’re trying to work but you’re on your sofa with the TV turned on in the background.

Secondly, no one is around to look over your shoulders to keep you on your toes or compliment you and lastly, you might lose some of the competitive spirit inside of you because you don’t compete with anyone around.

Working at home requires tremendous amount of self-motivation, so you need to constantly find reasons and inspirations to prevent you from slacking off.



Now, you might say “hang on, isn’t working at home supposed to be LESS distracting?”

Well, it is and it isn’t. Although you may avoid being distracted by your colleagues at work, the truth is, you could equally be subjected to many other distractions if you work from home.

If you have kids then you might need to attend to them. You may get tempted to spend more time in the world of social networking platforms, or  watch television programs when you should really be working.

Then there’s the urge to do your chores, to read a book, or the annoying sound of your neighbor’s dog who just won’t stop barking. The TV remote is also at arm’s reach, and it could be really tempting to watch Television instead and neglecting your work.

Even if you’re not distracted by any external stimulus, your friends might surprise you by paying you a visit while you’re working. Talk about out of a frying pan into another eh?


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No colleagues to hang out with!


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When you’re alone, you start to miss those annoying coworkers of yours.

Maybe Jane types so loud because she’s can’t hear herself typing. Maybe Hanisah is always so stinky and always seems to smell like garlic because she’s afraid of vampires. And maybe, just maybe, deep down Greg is sad and wants someone to walk over and talk to him because that would explain the loud music that he plays on his computer. And it’s not even good music.

Maybe you were too hard on them. Maybe you’re the overly dramatic one who just can’t appreciate anything but whine all the time.

When you work from home, you can kiss the dream of having a beer with your colleagues or playing a mini game of badminton together, goodbye – because you don’t have any.


Your productivity might decrease!

That’s right, working at home could mean that your productivity might decrease because there’s lesser pressure from your employers. Even if you did an outstanding job, it’s likely that your boss/employers won’t notice your improvements.



With more and more organizations adopting the idea of allowing their employees to work from home, in addition to it’s popularity, it seems that this trend is here to stay. Although working from home is still a fantasy for most employees, its popularity among freelancers and some professionals’ means that it’s an interesting prospect. If you want a change of working environment or want to spend more time at home with your family and have the opportunity to do so, then it’s a prospect that’s too good to turn down.




14 Bad Office Etiquette That You Might Be Guilty Of

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At work – especially at a cubicle workplace, you share the space with a bunch of other people. That means that you can’t act like you’re at home because there are certain rules and common office etiquette standards that you need to adhere, for the sake of everyone at the workplace. So without delay, we present to you 14 bad office etiquette that you might be guilty of:


1. Talking too loud

You might annoy and infuriate those around you when you shout and yell, while you might be equally guilty if you talk too loudly on the phone too because it affects your colleagues’ train of thoughts. Be considerate about others at work because you might distract them from completing their task.

2. Interrupting someone

Interrupting someone is rude because it shows that you lack respect to the speaker. It also indicates that you have no interest and don’t give a flying fart about what they’re trying to convey. Let the speaker finish what they have to say, then you can bring up your own points. There’s really no need to rush.

3. Not flushing the toilet

You’re sharing the toilet with many others, it’s only ethical that you flush the toilet after using it. It’s not that much of a hassle and you get to spare the others from the horror that follows.

4. Never returning borrowed stuff/ Taking stuff without permission

It’s impolite to borrow stuff from others and then not returning it because 1) They may need to use it later on and 2) They don’t belong to you!

Also don’t just take your colleagues belongings without asking permission, and that includes their meals in the pantry or in the refrigerator.

5. Eating strong scented food

Food with strong pungent smell such as durian or food that have strong pungent/unpleasant smell (i.e: stinky tofu or onion/garlic smell) can be offensive to some and may hinder their ability to concentrate. If possible, avoid eating them at the workplace.

6. Body odour

On the topic of smell, don’t fill the air at your workplace with the scent of your body fluids. Change and wash your clothes regularly or wear a suitable deodorant.

7. Being late for internal appointments/meetings

You should always arrive on time for your appointments and meetings, whether if it’s at work or outside of work. It’s also impolite to keep others waiting for you because you might build an unwanted reputation as someone who’s never on time for appointments.

8. Attending to your phone during meetings

During a meeting, it’s utmost importance that you give your full attention and not attend to your phone because you want respect the person who’s talking.

Also, either turn off your phone or put it to silent mode so that it doesn’t interfere people during a discussion or presentation. It’s not something you want to do especially if all the big bosses are around.

9. Littering in the office

It’s certainly not ethical to throw those unwanted notes, tissues and food waste around the office as it might attract roaches and rats not the mention it makes the office look awful. On top of that, you look like a total slob.

10. Not washing your own dishes

No matter how busy you are, cleaning up after using the dishes shouldn’t take you more than a couple of minutes. Even if your office employs a cleaner, cleaning up after you’re done should be your responsibility. A person who does their own dishes is seen as a responsible person who does not leave their own mess for someone else to clean.

11. Hogging the items at the pantry

Technically speaking, the items in the pantry are indeed for your usage, but that doesn’t mean that you should go overboard by being too greedy and inconsiderate by selfishly hogging items without the consideration of others.

12. Invading private spaces

Some people can be really particular about the violation of their privacy. Even though there might not be any physical barriers such as fences or walls separating each and everyone’s space, it’s the unspoken rule that you shouldn’t go around people’s places touching their personal things and behaving like they’re yours. Respect their privacy and they’ll respect yours.

13. Not knocking/interrupting a meeting

We were all taught to knock before we enter when we were kids, so don’t just barge into a room especially when there’s a meeting going on. It’s always polite to knock the door before you enter and just to be on the safe side, knock beforehand even if you know that no one’s using the room.

14. Not silencing your phone while at work

It would be advisable to silent your phone or put it to vibration mode because it might interfere others in the office. On top of that, the message notification sound from online instant messaging apps can be annoying as you might receive a handful of notifications a day.


Nobody’s perfect, but that doesn’t mean that you should bring your bad etiquette to the workplace. Of course, there are a host of other bad office etiquette that are not in this list, but it’s common courtesy to think before you act because you need to sympathize with others.

If everyone could cooperate together to make the office a cleaner and friendlier environment, then everyone could come to work focused without worrying about additional stress at work.






How To Deal With These Problematic Colleagues At Work

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Whether you like it or not, you see your colleagues five days a week (at least most of you). Of course, it’s understandable that you may not get along with some of your colleagues so disagreements may occur from time to time, which may also lead to complex situations. But being a grown and matured adult as you are, you need to deal your problems professionally and set your differences aside to achieve the organization’s goal. Here are some ways to deal with these problematic colleagues at work:


1. Colleagues who complain too much

We all have to deal with our fair share of problems every now and then such as rewriting lengthy reports, dealing with office politics and of course, dealing with colleagues who complain too much.

Sometimes we can empathize with what they are facing, or sympathize because of the unfortunate injustice, but other times they might complain too much about matters that are insignificant and redundant – which in turn may affect your work performance.

How to deal with them: You won’t want to sound rude and be seen as apathetic, so try to express sympathy to their problems, but don’t encourage them to continue by asking more questions about their problems or boarding the complaint ship. Instead, you can agree with them by combining both verbal and non-verbal signs. For example, say something like “wow, that must’ve been tough. I could see why you’re upset.” then nod your head in agreement.

Alternatively, you can also divert their attention so that they can focus on more pressing matters, such as their opinion on a recent football game or reminding them on something important at work that needs to be completed.

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2. Your colleague is too bossy/ is a bully

Remember the school bully who intimidated, disrespected, bossed you around and abused you? Well, the same people might exist at your workplace as well. You already have to deal with the stresses at work and at home, so having an additional problem is the last thing that you would want.

How to deal with it: Talk to them. Explain and provide examples of what they did that made you feel uncomfortable around them. Work things out on how to solve this problem between the both of you. Remember, don’t become overly offensive. Stay calm and explain the situation in a mature manner. If all else fails, then talk to your boss or bring this up to the HR department.


3. Colleagues who talk too loud


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You’re trying to get your work done when one of your colleague is on the phone, talking about their personal problems or talking and laughing too loud – so loud that literally everyone at the office can hear the conversation.

Other times you hear some of your colleagues having loud conversations that you can’t help but feel like screaming at them so that they can have their conversation someplace else as it’s disrupting you and the rest of the office.

How to deal with it: First of all, calm yourself down. Refrain from raising your voice or throwing tantrums because you need to remain your professionalism at work and know that you’re in an office room with other people (including your boss), not a pasar malam. Then kindly tell them that they should take their conversation to somewhere more private or they could talk after work because they’re free to do what they want after that.


4. Colleagues who smell

If you think what could be worse than noisy colleagues, then you ain’t seen the worst yet.

When someone with a bad B.O sits next to you or close enough, it can be severely offensive to you and those around you. And unfortunately, they may not be aware of how they smell.

It’s also difficult to be honest with them with a personal problem such as this and to be honest with them because it could seriously hurt their self-esteem.

How to deal with it: The best option would be to take this matter to your manager so that he/she can deal with them in private. However, if you want to talk to them, don’t just go screaming “holy molly, did something die inside of you?” or “hey xxx, i hate to break it to you, but you smell like sweaty socks.” in front of everyone else, or make jokes behind his/her back as it’ll crush them.

Instead, pull him/her aside and tell them politely and get to the point, but don’t mock them. Try something like “I’m just going to be honest with you, you may or may not realize it and this may be uncomfortable for you, but you have a slight problem with body odour.”


5. Idea thief

Okay, so you have a brilliant idea that could benefit the organization in the long run – whether if it’s a cost-saving strategy or a new business plan that could potentially take the organization forward, but you’re unsure whether if it’s a brilliant idea yet, so you pitch the idea to a colleague of yours beforehand to get his/her feedback.

To your horror, you see the same colleague pitching your idea in front of you and your bosses at the next office meeting. You can’t help but feel like a fool because someone just took credibility which should’ve been rightfully yours.

How to deal with it: The first thing you want to do is to remain calm and avoid lashing out at that colleague emotionally. Next, talk to that colleague, ask him/her why did they pitched your idea. Observe their body language so that you can get a better indication whether or not if they’re lying. If they are defensive about it, it’s quite likely that they’re not acknowledging that they stole your idea so you would want to talk to your boss about it.






8 Types Of Species That You Might Find At Work

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Everyone is unique and different. We all come in different shapes and sizes and exhibit different personalities so we need to learn how to adapt and live symbiotically with each other. The work place is no exception, you might encounter these 8 different and peculiar types of species at your workplace:


1. The Complainer (Trichechus Vitulina)

If your desk is right next to or in the range of the complainer, then you’re out of luck. The best way for you to deal with this is to pray that the complainer is not in their berserk-complaining mood.

The complainer is ruthless when it comes to nagging, and won’t stop yapping until either he or she has nothing to yap about or they’ve exhausted their salivary glands.

They’ll complain about everything ranging from Monday blues, the weather, having to work overtime and how loud your other colleagues speak when they’re on the phone. On the topic of noisy colleagues, the next species is also commonly found at the workplace:


2. The pianist (Amphiprioninae Amoyensis)

Such intensity, such movement, such purpose. The pianist move their fingers at so much speed and elegance like Mozart playing one of his symphonies. The only problem is that they are typing on their keyboard, not playing a piano, hence the name the pianist.


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Highly distracting, the pianist types so loud that you feel like you’re at a construction site and is one of the reasons why your train of thought is always breaking down. Furthermore, they seem to have a turbulent relationship with their keyboard, judging from the ferocity of how they type.


3. Mr/Ms “Kepoh” (Tachyglossus Minor)


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Mr/Ms. “Kepoh” is always asking questions about you and sometimes even personal ones. They’ll continue to bug you until you feed them enough juicy information to leave you alone.

Once you’ve ignited their curiosity, their eyes dilate and enlarge, their breathing becomes more rapid, the hairs on their arm and back bristles, and their smile becomes wider (Don’t worry, they’re not turning into a werewolf it’s just how their body reacts when they’re stimulated).

Whenever you leave the boss’s office, they’ll like to know the details. When you’re absent from work, they’ll call you and ask about you. Heck, even when you come out of the toilet, they’ll ask what took you so long.

When “Mr/Ms Kepoh” has you in their sights, do not say anything that may ignite their interest and definitely do not leave any scraps for them to be sniffing around you. Just stay absolutely still or play dumb – the same way how you would fend off a T-Rex (At least according to Jurassic Park).


4. The slacker (Tarsouatta Fulgalunga)


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The slacker thinks that his/her only role is to show up for work. Any other “actual” work done considers as an extra workload.

Watch as every member of your team endure sleepless nights and survive on excessive caffeine intake to complete a proposal while the slacker contributes nothing but the title of the proposal and then to everyone’s horror, share the credit of the hard work of others.

The slacker also spends more time updating and browsing through their social media accounts and watching YouTube than doing actual work.


5. The overly pushy one (Caimynnis Iguanone)


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The pushy one is constantly striving to be the no.1 at everything and fully expects you to follow suit. They’ll push your endurance beyond your absolute limit and won’t stop until your life expectancy drops by 5 years.


6. The information highway/news feed (Okapocampa Harreus)

This species can spread information faster than a Ferrari going downhill on an ice slope. They are also the source of all the gossip and rumours within the organization ranging from the top of the corporate ladder to the bottom. Always be careful of what you say when dealing with the information highway/news feed, because your darkest secrets will be in the headlines the next morning.


7. The loner (Apis Rubecula)

The loner lingers in the wild alone. They are rarely seen interacting with others, they’re often glued to their seats and are always with their headphones. They prefer to be left alone in their natural habitat and will politely decline any sort of invitation to socialize.

To this day, the habitat of the loner still baffles scientists, but alas, scientific data are still difficult to obtain because of the nature of this fascinating and peculiar species. Consider yourself lucky if you hear the loner speaking to you, because you have a higher chance to find the Lost City of Atlantis.


8. Mr/Ms. Know-it-all (Indryptula Cirron)

Mr/Ms. Know-it-all is a prominent species that appears in virtually every industry, so don’t be surprised that they are also on this list. Mr/Ms. Know-it-all is always bragging and patronizing others with their “extensive” knowledge, and pointing out how the others are executing things wrongly.

When dealing with Mr/Ms. Know-it-all, do tread lightly, and try not to stimulate any sort of questions or debate because it’s highly possible that they will not stop until you raise the white flag.


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6 Ways To Bond With Your Coworkers

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You might see them more than your family members or your friends and you probably spend more time with them at the office than you do with your loved ones at home, so bonding with your coworkers is fundamental to build both a strong professional and personal relationship in order to know and understand them better (such as their favourite films or music, food, hobbies, etc). So without further ado, we present to you 6 ways you can bond with your coworkers:


1. Have lunch together


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The lunch time is arguably the second most anticipated time in the office (the first obviously being the clocking out time). So naturally, there is an air of excitement and enthusiasm and people find a boast of morale when it comes to the lunch hour. It is the time where everyone can drop what they’re doing and shift their focus away from work for a moment to relax and engage in interesting conversations that they don’t usually have the time to talk about at work, so this window is vital because it’s where you can truly get a glimpse of their personality. Good food + good company = great time.


2. Spend some quality time outside of work


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If you truly want to develop and transcend your relationship with your colleagues beyond the conventional “hi-bye” or strictly professional relationship, what better way than to spend time together after work where everyone can just be their own selves?

Whether if it’s catching a movie, playing futsal or going for a hiking trip, spending some time outside of work is the ideal time for you and your colleagues to truly know your respective lives outside work.

Furthermore, they might even bring along and introduce you their friends and you could bring your own circle of friends. They might even introduce some of their hot single friends to you!

Or they could invite you to dine at their homes with their families once or twice in a week to build on a already cohesive friendship. Or better yet, you could each bring your dates to go on a couple date together!

But it’s not just about expanding your social life, it’s also about expanding your network for your professional working life. The more people you know, the better it is for you in the future of your career as your colleagues may know someone who’s looking for someone of your expertise.


3. Be the joker


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Everyone likes a funny person to be around because funny people can brighten the stagnant and dull office mood. I’m not advocating that you should annoy people with jokes or force yourself to be funny, but things that make people laugh can range from your actions, to facial expressions, to impersonation of someone else. Be aware of your surroundings and try to conjure a funny reference to it.


4. Stay away from office politics


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Office politics exists so the sooner we accept this, the better. However, if you’re looking to bond with your colleagues, then do avoid any form of office politics whether if it’s creating a rumour mill or putting someone down for your own selfish gains. Be your true self and remain impartial. Focus on your work and eventually your performance and personality will do all the talking and your colleagues will come to respect you.


5. Be positive


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No one likes to be around a complainer, slacker or a person who is a pain neck because they’re surrounded with pessimistic energy. Have a positive mindset and soon enough, your positive energy might attract positive people around you which in turn, accomplishes positive things.

However, don’t go overboard by being too optimistic because it might distort your perception of reality. Balance reality with optimism and try to look at the bright side when handling a negative problem.


6. Work as a team


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Although being a lone wolf has its perks, working as a team eclipses everything that one person can accomplish and much more. Through team work, everyone gets to understand their own strengths and weaknesses as well as the people who are in their team to work together as a unified unit to help each other out to achieve your targets and goals.







How To Burn Some Calories While At Work

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A huge chunk of our adult life is spent at work. In most conventional workplaces, we are required to spend the majority of our time sitting at our designated spots at the office for prolonged periods of time, which is bad because not only are we not physically active, but sitting for prolonged periods of time lead to bad posture, back problems and health complications such as cardiovascular issues, diabetes, heart problems and obesity.

So if you noticed that your waist is getting wider or your belly is getting bigger, perhaps it’s a good time to get off your seat and do these relatively simple steps that can help you burn some calories at work:


1. Take the stairs

Our modern lifestyle revolves around technology and modern electronics that are created to make our lives easier. Don’t get me wrong, technology can be beneficial to us – take the benefits of the internet for example – but technology have also given us the choice of relying on them, to take the easier and fast way instead of the right way.

For instance, the majority of people choose to take the elevator instead of the stairs even though they might just be heading both up or down a few floors.

Unless if you have health problems such as asthma, you should really take the stairs instead of the elevator and work those legs of yours!


2. Chew some gum

Chewing gums are affordable and you can easily find sugar-free gums if you’re looking for the non-sugary alternative. Other than burning a few calories and freshening up your breath, chewing gum has many benefits as well.

A study done by University of Rhode Island showed that people who chewed gum could control their craving for food much better, consumed 67 fewer calories and also burned 5% more calories than those who did not. It’s also a much more healthier alternative to relieve stress in comparison to smoking.

As a matter of fact in football, managers can be seen chewing gum intensively as it helps them to control themselves from pulling out their own hair out of frustration.

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3. Get a push up bar

Push up bars fit you perfectly if you have a busy lifestyle and want to get some quick chest workouts safely because they are relatively small and compact – which makes it easy to bring them around in comparison to dumbbells or weights. All you need is 10-15 minutes to spare and you’re good to go.

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If you don’t feel like investing in a push up bar don’t worry, you could always do a regular push ups on the floor or alternatively, you could do desk push ups. All you need is a stable desk and you’re all set! Push ups may be old school but it’s one of the best exercise to strengthen your upper muscles and core.

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4. Choose to walk, not drive

If you’re heading out for lunch or a destination that’s walking distance, choose to walk instead of drive. Not only will you tone up your leg muscles and get to burn some extra calories, but you get to save money on fuel and parking as well.


5. Get some fresh air

If you feel like you’re overwhelmed with work, instead of checking your social media pages spare a few minutes from the stresses at work to head out for a short walk outside of the office as we are all humans and not robots who need to take some pressure off. Sometimes having some fresh air clears your mind which helps you to think better and may also help you with renewed vigor. Finally walking also helps to improve blood circulation which enables our heart to pump blood more easily.


6. Weightless workouts


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Jump squats, side lunges, push ups and dips all have one thing in common – they are fairly simple to perform and they don’t require any weights. 5 minutes is sufficient enough for you to break a little bit of sweat, tone your muscles and more importantly, burn some calories.



In conclusion, most of us have our hands tied and our eyes glued to our work that we neglect the most important aspect in our life – our health. Money is most definitely important, but money cannot buy health. We cannot undo what has been done and prevention is always better than cure. Besides, you won’t want to spend all your hard-earned money nursing your health when it deteriorates because you neglected it right? Having a balanced diet and exercising regularly will benefit us in the long run.




5 Reactions You Get At The Office When You Pack Your Own Lunch

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The lunch break is one of the most eagerly anticipated time at work because this is the time when people at the office gather together for lunch and talk about things that revolves around their lives whether if it’s work-related or not. Most prefer to have their lunches outside, others bring their own lunch box from home. If you’re one of those who prefers the latter, you might notice 5 of these reactions from your colleagues:


1. They might think that you’re a health junkie

Your colleagues will very likely assume that you’re a health conscious person who is obsessive with your calorie intake and won’t join them out for lunch because you don’t want to join their crusade of making bellies bigger and waistlines wider.


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 2. They might think that you’re a cheapskate


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If you don’t join the majority of colleagues to eat out, they might think that you’re so frugal to the extent that every single Ringgit spent is like donating one of your organs. Ironically though, in reality they wish that they could bring their own lunch boxes to work to save money as well.


3 .You get a wry smile during lunch breaks


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As your colleagues head out for lunch they’ll look at you and then shift their attention to your lunch box, and back at you as if they’re trying to hint something at you.


4. They might think that you’re an emo person
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Having a solid relationship with your colleagues is the foundation to building understanding and communication. During lunch breaks you and your colleagues have conversation on things that are outside of work such as your hobbies, life and of course gossips.

However, your colleagues might think that you’re an anti-social person who prefers to be in your own world rather than to join the majority of the office for lunch. But the truth is you just feel like having lunch alone so that you can do your own things in that one hour. After all, that one hour wholly belongs to you so you’re free to do what you want in your time.


5. Your colleagues might joke about you

You might be associated with nicknames such as “the guy with the blue lunch box”, or “I would like to ask you for lunch, but I’m sure you already have your own meals” kind of jokes.


In conclusion, whether you bring your lunch from home or go out for lunch with your colleagues, what you do with your lunch break is up to you. You may have your own reasons to pack your own meal, but sometimes you need to balance that by going out for lunch with your colleagues from time to time as you need to socialize with them and it may seem slightly impolite to decline their invitation every single time.