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Coronavirus: 7 Tips to Help Your Employees Stay Productive While Working from Home

The world is seeing the largest work-from-home experiment due to the Coronavirus outbreak. While the idea of remote working or telecommuting is hardly new, the truth is, many leaders are still grappling with the challenges of managing a virtual team. Sure, working in a personal space, instead of a professional environment, sounds like a great […]

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March 20, 202011:00 am
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Manpower Ministry: Employers Have to Support All Workers and Communicate Work Arrangements Clearly

Employers have to support their workers – both local and foreign – even as they adjust to the closure of most workplaces for four weeks, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo told Parliament on Monday (Apr 6). She urged employers to communicate clearly with their workers on work and pay arrangements as measures to stem the spread […]

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April 7, 202012:40 pm
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Jobs Hampered Worldwide as Coronavirus Outbreak Triggers Global Recession

BLOOMBERG – The world’s workers are reeling from the initial shock of the coronavirus recession, with job losses and welfare claims around the globe already running into the millions this week. With International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva warning of a “crisis like no other,” the cuts from Austria to the U.S. reflect the […]

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April 6, 20206:33 pm
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New Solidarity Budget: Firms Get 75% Wage Subsidies in April

All firms in Singapore will receive a subsidy of 75 percent of gross monthly wages, for the first S$4,600 of wages paid in April 2020 for each local employee. This comes as the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) was further enhanced under the new Solidarity Budget, announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee […]

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April 6, 20204:59 pm
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Ministry Lists Employment ‘Dos and Don’ts’ During Malaysia’s Lockdown

Malaysia’s Human Resources Ministry has listed some ‘dos and donts’ for employers and employees following the extension of the movement control order (MCO) between April 1 to 14. Here are responses to some of the most frequently asked questions, compiled by The Star Online. 1. Does an employer have to pay wages during the 14-day […]

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April 3, 20206:31 pm
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Singaporean Firms Have No Plan for Retrenchment, But Reduce Recruitment Budget and Focus on Employee Training

Companies in Singapore are decreasing recruitment budget while enhancing training and development initiatives to cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on businesses.  This is according to Mercer’s new Pay & Bonus Pulse Survey, which provides an overview on how COVID-19 has impacted human resources budget allocation as well as salary and bonus […]

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April 3, 20206:17 pm
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Most In-Demand Jobs during the Pandemic, According to LinkedIn

The Covid-19 outbreak has taken a toll on most businesses across the world. With more countries around the world reporting new cases of infections, the economic impact of coronavirus is severe. In the global travel and tourism sector, 50 million jobs are at risk, with Asia being the most affected continent. In Malaysia, it is […]

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April 2, 20205:32 pm
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The Cost of Covid-19 Crisis to Manufacturing Industry Across Asia

Factory activity contracted sharply across most of Asia in March as the coronavirus pandemic paralyzed economic activity across the globe, with sharp falls in export power-houses Japan and South Korea overshadowing a modest improvement in China. Manufacturing gauges also tumbled in Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) surveys showed on Wednesday, underscoring […]

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April 2, 20204:30 pm
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Managing Business Travel During the Pandemic: Candid Discussion with Dr Low Kiang Wei, Medical Director at International SOS

The global pandemic has forced everyone to stop going out and spend more of their time at home. Businesses are encouraged to send their employees home and work remotely. While some industries find the switch to a virtual environment relatively easy, some others are struggling to manage their business processes and teams, especially if the […]

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April 2, 202011:06 am
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Singapore Govt to Issue Fines Against Companies that Don’t Allow Employees Telecommute ‘Where Possible’

Even as the volume of commuters on public transport during peak hours has dropped by about 30 percent, the Government will be stepping up measures to get companies to implement telecommuting where possible, with penalties to be meted out to those that do not, the authorities said on Tuesday (March 31). Speaking during a briefing […]

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April 1, 20205:10 pm
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Singapore to Help Malaysian Workers Affected by Covid-19: MOM

The Singapore government is assisting retrenched workers including Malaysians whose employers’ businesses have been badly hit by the COVID-19 situation, according to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Minister Josephine Teo said the ministry is able to help link the affected workers up with prospective employers who are looking to fill vacancies and have shortages, Bernama reports. Speaking […]

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April 1, 20204:37 pm