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Old 20th June 2011, 03:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lion City's workplace blues

Lion City's workplace blues



Survey shows that workers in Singapore are least loyal to their employers and do not enjoy going to work.

Asia News Network | Mon Jun 20 2011


HATE your work? Dread going in on Monday? Considering quitting your job? Well, you are not alone. Most of the Singapore workforce is with you, according to one survey.

A poll of employee attitudes in 14 countries has ranked Singapore last in workplace happiness.

Unsurprisingly, this correlates to loyalty to employers, where Singapore is again ranked at the rear.

Talent management company Lumesse polled about 4,000 employees from a wide variety of industries.

People were asked about how happy they were at work, whether they felt their skills were properly utilised, the career paths open to them, and the training and career development opportunities they had.

The results put Singapore last in three major areas - they least enjoy going to work, are the least loyal and have the least supportive workplaces.

Only 17 per cent of Singapore's workforce see themselves staying with their current employer forever. The global average is 35 per cent.

"Clearly, very few employees feel bonded to their companies. This is going to be a problem as companies are not getting the full potential of workers," said Lumesse Singapore, Malaysia and Australia managing director Rolf Bezemer.

At the same time, only 19 per cent of those polled in Singapore look forward to their work each day, compared to the global average of 30 per cent.

When it comes to positive and supportive workplaces, only 12 per cent vouch that they exist in Singapore.

Globally, 20 per cent believe so.

Bezemer attributes Singapore's poor showing to the lack of transparency and consistency in workplaces here and an absence of stimulating jobs.

Wong Su-Yen, senior partner and Asean managing director for human resources consultancy firm Mercer, said: "Strong economic growth in Singapore has led to increased job opportunities, so organisations must work harder than ever to attract and retain people."


Job-hopping trend

Phillip Overmyer, chief executive at Singapore International Chamber of Commerce, agreed: "There are so many opportunities to be employed (in Singapore) that people don't mind job hopping as they know they can always find something equally good, if not better, elsewhere."

That might suggest that monetary incentives are the way forward but money does not always make the world go round.

The Lumesse survey found that Singapore performed well on pay, with 14 per cent commenting that their salaries have gone up by at least 20 per cent over five years. The global average is nine per cent.

Yet people are still leaving.

Majella Slevin, manager for secretarial and support division at human resources firm Robert Walters, added: "People stay in jobs also for a good work-life balance and clear career paths."

They must also feel that they are valued employees, she added.

Sales assistant Janice Lin, who turns 26 this year, "hopped" five times before landing her current job.

"It's very common for young adults to try out different things for novelty's sake.

"A lot of my friends do it," she said.

She estimates that an average working person like her will job-hop three times, staying in each place for about a year, before settling down.

In today's talent-scarce society, perhaps this should be taken as only natural. Rather than fight it, embrace it.

Do not focus on seeking long-term employment from all employees, advises Josh Goh, assistant director, corporate services, for HR firm The GMP Group.

Instead, he said: "Focus efforts on building a strong employer brand by harnessing the best from employees during their employment."

Source: http://edvantage.com.sg/edvantage/ne...ace_blues.html

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Old 21st June 2011, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Lion City's workplace blues

This is not an accurate representation of the Singapore Workforce.

Employees who just want to lead a simple life with a stable job and a stable income will definitely be loyal to their companies.

While ambitious employees who seek career advancement and continuous salary increment will continue to job hop as local companies hardly have any internal career advancement opportunities.

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Define a "simple life"? You need money to live a "simple life" also. I think nobody likes to be paid low. If you are young and looking for better prospects chances are you will hop.

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Define a "simple life"? You need money to live a "simple life" also. I think nobody likes to be paid low. If you are young and looking for better prospects chances are you will hop.
I do have friends who do are employed under the same company for years and earning very low wages but do not bother to further study or even look for career advancements.

When asked, they would usually say ..
"aiya.. study / work so hard for what? i just want to lead a simple life! got a job and got $$$ to spend can already, no need to be so troublesome".

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workers in Singapore are least loyal to their employers


I can't believe it !
In China,people always job-hop because the low salary and longtime working.
This problem is very severe.

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