Friday, June 25, 2010

Are you a good employee?

Really, we're interested to know. How would you rate yourself on a scale of 1-5 (5 as the highest) as an employee?

We're just teasing, you don't have to answer. This is a challenging question even for us. Nobody's perfect, after all. So, what's our reason for opening this post with it? Whatever score you have in mind right now, we want you to base your next career growth pursuits on it.

Fix all the pressing issues before anything else -- that's what Singapore wants you to do. For a fresh start. It's never easy to identify such things, but rating yourself like this can give you a hint.

So are you a perfect 5? Or maybe a 3? Chances are, you're giving yourself something in between 3 and 4. That's how we'd rate ourselves too and most people. Where to start with a score like this? With yourself. Here's our diagnosis: There's nothing majorly wrong with your job, but you're having issues because it's either you've already lost the drive or you're seeking changes. Are we right?

This calls for a self evaluation. Why are you having issues in the first place? Lack of support and fun? Maybe you could use some lightening up? Get back at your hobbies or enroll to an interest class for motivation. This is to re-add elements of fun into your life. All work and no play will make you a dull person, as a popular saying goes -- career success isn't the least bit like that.

A rating of 1 or 2 indicates extreme dissatisfaction. If you feel that these numbers describe your situation best, a career change is not a bad option. We're not stopping you. However, before you send that resignation letter, we want you to prepare for the risks. A career change can put a large hole in your finances and also affect your family, mind you. We suggest you research first or if you're willing to spend, seek professional advice from a career coach. You can go to Career Advice for more information on career change.

You're a 5? Well, we still have some words for you: Keep it up, whatever your reasons are. Here are keywords for you to take note:

Time Management
Clean Desk
Proper Decorum
Work-life Balance
Personal Brand
Career Workshops
Skills Training

Of course, you will need resources to be able to incorporate all these keywords in your career. Career Advice can help you when it comes to tips for time management, work-life balance, and clean desk. and Career Events offer several career workshops and skills training that might be of interest to you. Check them out. Singapore
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