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Best and worst countries to be a working woman revealed

admin January 17, 2018 0

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In honor of this year’s International Women’s Day, The Economist has published its fifth annual “glass-ceiling index”.

The index tracks gender equality’s progress all around the world and is measured by combining data on “higher education, workforce participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity and paternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs”.

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Thinking about going into business? If you’re a woman, please do

admin January 5, 2018 0

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The curiosity of a 3-year-old prompted me to start my company – amidst the turmoil of a financial crisis. Not a promising start, right?

I was 25 years old in New York, babysitting an adorable toddler who wanted to hear all about where I came from: Singapore.

Wanting to share some of my favorite dishes with her, I googled “Can you feed a 3-year-old paneer?” Not finding the answer, I knew there was definite space for online information on…

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How to ask for a raise (without getting on your boss’s nerves)

admin January 2, 2018 0

Patience of a certain amount often brings about a beautiful outcome when you're planning to propose a salary raise. (Shutterstock/File)

Talking about your salary with the boss can be a very sensitive subject, if you don’t approach it properly. As with any professional discussion, wait for the right timing and plan ahead.

So, what’s the best way to ask for a raise?

1. Check your company policy

Every company is different. Some give regularly scheduled raises, such as once every semester – every 6 months – while others provide raises at yearly intervals. Check if your company has a salary policy for giving raises on a regular basis, or only during a good turnover.

If your company gives scheduled raises, rest assured that you will receive a raise periodically. The problem arises when the raise doesn’t meet your expectations. Employees always demand a higher raise, while employers tend to be …

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People start hating their jobs at age 35

admin December 18, 2017 0

Older workers tend to be more unhappy in their jobs than their younger colleagues, according to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. employees by human resource firm Robert Half U.K. (Shutterstock/File)

Jean Prince was 50 when she started working for a U.K. tech company near Cambridge as a technical author, writing software documentation. “I felt extremely lucky,” she said.

But she wasn’t happy.

“The workplace has become more impersonal and tougher,” she said. “Everyone is performance-managed to death.” She felt underappreciated and unloved.

Older workers tend to be more unhappy in their jobs than their younger colleagues, according to a survey of more than 2,000 U.K. employees …

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Here are websites to find freelance work

admin November 6, 2017 0

Those who want professional freedom can join websites that connect job posters with freelancers. (Shutterstock/-)

In this digital era where you can get an internet connection nearly everywhere, it is easier than ever to find work as a freelancer.

Those who want more professional freedom can join websites that provide spaces for job posters and freelancers to meet on one platform. There are millions of jobs posted on those websites, allowing freelancers to bid, pick and work on the projects that suit their experiences and expertise.

For those who are not yet aware of how these website works, we have listed and reviewed five …

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The ups and downs of successful freelancers

admin October 9, 2017 0

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In the past, society often overlooked freelancers because the general perspective was that freelancing had less prestige than having a settled and secured job with a well established company.

But now, the monetary and time flexibility benefits offered by freelancing have lured more and more professionals to make the daring decision of to quit their jobs and become full-time…

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Experts weigh in on the right amount of sleep

admin October 6, 2017 0

Sleep may be the key to better mental health according to a recent study from South Korea. (Shutterstock/-)

Research has found that we can train our bodies to require less sleep — the only catch is that this will not work for everyone.

“There are more people who would like to need less sleep than who actually need less sleep,” stated Dr. Daniel Buysse, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and a past president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as quoted by Time.

Physical activity and age are important factors in determining how much rest one needs, but most fit adults receive between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. However, one third of Americans get less than seven…

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Study suggests a good night’s sleep can help prevent depression

admin October 2, 2017 0

Sleep may be the key to better mental health according to a recent study from South Korea. (Shutterstock/-)

Sleep may be the key to better mental health according to a recent study from South Korea.

Researchers at the Workplace Mental Health Institute at the Kangbuk Samsung Medical Center studied over 200,000 workers, aged between 20 and 40 years, who had visited the medical center for check-ups in 2014.

Shin Young-chul, the head of the institute, and his team found that among those who slept just four hours a day, the pervasiveness of depression was…

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Visualize your schedule to make time for yourself

admin September 25, 2017 0

How can you make time for yourself in your busy schedule? With the next fiscal year just about to start on April 1, some experts on time management shared their knowledge on this subject. (Shutterstock/File)

Women are kept busy by many things every day, from tasks like shopping and cooking to company jobs and child-rearing. How can you make time for yourself in your busy schedule? With the next fiscal year just about to start on April 1, some experts on time management shared their knowledge on this subject.

Megumi Shimada, who works for the public relations department of a cosmetics company in Tokyo, is concerned about her inability to use her daily time better. Her morning starts with confirming the day’s schedule and checking the news. During the day she is swamped with work, and in the evening she often meets with her colleagues to…

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How to succeed (and fail) at a job interview in Japan

admin September 20, 2017 0

A student bows at a jobs fair in Tokyo. (Bloomberg/Tomohiro Ohsumi)

Ever thought about how many times to knock on the door when you are heading into a job interview? In Japan, it matters.

A shortage of young people means there are two job openings for every applicant in Tokyo, prompting some Japanese companies to consider hiring foreign workers. But an interview can be an etiquette minefield, particularly for a non-native. Even Japanese students have to be drilled on the code, so it’s all the more important for outsiders to be aware of the rules.

“It’s kind of a test of how well you’re trying to fit in,” said Rochelle Kopp, who runs Japan Intercultural Consulting, which helps multicultural workplaces function better. Here’s what you need to …

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