Monthly Archives: August 2016

Advantages and Disadvantages of Having Pets in the Workplace

Pet at Work

How cool can it be, if you can bring your pet to work every single day?
This is not something new, but I bet most individuals reading this post right now did not have a chance to join a company which have such welfare. Companies such as Google, Amazon, and Zynga – best known for the game FarmVille – allow their employees to bring their pets to work. While many relate pets to all kinds of animals, generally, for the purpose of this topic, it only refer to 4-legged animals – dogs, cats, etc., with dogs seem to be the most prominent.

Advantages

A study from Virginia Commonwealth University found that those who brought their pet to work had lower stress levels than those who didn’t.
Central Michigan University found that people tend to collaborate and trust each other more in a dog-friendly working environment. This could also probably due to an easier ice-breaking for colleagues across departments where dogs act as their “middleman”.
These studies seem to suggest that pets in the workplace might improve productivity and staff morale, which in turn help in retaining employees.

Disadvantages

While pets seem to promise a range of positive benefits, it comes with possible disadvantages as well.
Not everyone loves dogs, cats, etc., and some even have phobia towards them. Employees’ allergies would also need to be taken into serious consideration.
Distraction. Having pets at work might direct employees’ attention away from what is deem as important – work. Such could dilute the possible productivity gains from having them in the first place.
Lastly, safety. Animals can be dangerous sometimes.

I love the idea of having a pet by my side while I work. I can image that happening, and I believe how it helps in reducing stress. I have turtles at home, and when I am stress with life, I literally talk to them, serious. Though I doubt they understood me, but they do grant me a relaxing feeling after that.

If your upcoming meeting is about Staff Welfare or discussion on improvements in productivity, you can consider bringing it on the table. While there are possible disadvantages, they can be mitigated with proper planning and policies. Let me know if you had succeeded. By the way, the above picture is only for illustration purposes. I don’t think any company would allow that. But I love Kangaroos.

References:
PeopleGeek
Business.com
5OnYourSide

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What is the definition of Part-Time Employee?

Some said hourly rated employee. Some said people who work irregular hours.

As per the eyes of the Employment Act, it is someone who is contracted to work for less than 35 hours a week. Just like Full-Timers, they will be entitled to the benefits (pro-rated) as stipulated in the Act, e.g. Annual Leave, Medical Leave, etc.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Part Time Employment

Is there a limit on Work Injury Medical Wages?

Yes, there is. Just like your normal Sick Leave and Hospitalisation Leave Entitlements, it will be 14 days and 60 days respectively. If you exceed, you are still entitled to the leave, but you will only be paid 2/3 of your average monthly salary.

Do remember that these leave shall be separated from the normal Sick Leave Entitlement under the Employment Act.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Sources – Medical Leave Wages

Workplace Harassment. What is your advice?

Firstly, I would like to thank one of my followers for sharing this story with me. I think it will be good for me to share it over here for further discussion. Here goes:

Scenario

One day, during a secondary school gathering, my friend, Jane (not her real name), shared how she was forced to resign from her ex-company.

She claimed that her daily movements were being monitored by her supervisor. These include the time she reaches office, goes for lunch, and even the duration of her toilet breaks! This started when she was 1 hour late for work one day, due to traffic jam. This further upset her when she realised that her colleagues started to monitor her movements on behalf of their supervisor when the latter was not in office. She had approached HR Department for assistance, but no action was being done. However, her supervisor eventually got the wind of it and forced her to sign on the dotted line to resign from service.

She is asking if there are any possible solutions out of this?

My advice

Such relates to Stalking, which can be a form of Workplace Harassment.

  1. If she is still with the company (turn back time), and HR is not helping, she should report to Top Management about this, taking notes on the dates / days / time of the stalking. If the company has a Whistle Blower Platform, she should report accordingly
  2. As this could amount to Workplace Harassment, she should report to the Police to seek redress, as Workplace Harassment is an offence under Protection from Harassment Act (POHA)
  3. If she is financially stable (very stable), she can sue under Common Law for damages (psychological damages as well)
  4. No matter what her options are, she should resign as well, as when even your colleagues are not on your side, what is the point of staying?

What is your advice?

When the Lyrics of National Day Songs Relate to HR

At times, HR is seen as a department that does only Admin Jobs, or a Department who only recruit people. Worst, some hate HR, citing them as prioritizing company objectives above all employee needs.

We had to change that perspective. Together, we can build a better workplace. Together, A Better World.

National Day SongAside, do you know what are the songs? 🙂