According to a new survey by recruiting firm Robert Half Singapore, Singaporean businesses are spearheading changes in their workplaces environments and hiring practices to better attract millennials.The study, which involved 100 chief financial officers (CFOs) and finance directors in Singapore, indicates that 59% of their companies have increased multi-generational collaboration, while four out of 10 instituted reverse mentoring programmes.Meanwhile, almost half (53%) have adapted their hiring processes to attract top candidates.But why all this effort?According to the research, Singaporean businesses see millennials bring the following qualities to into the workplace:Better soft skills, such as communication and problem-solvingIncreased flexibility around working hours and working from homeMore open-mindedness towards transparency and collaboration to foster best-practices sharing.“Millennials thrive in a flexible and transparent workplace, and remuneration is not always their top priority, so employers will need to adjust their hiring practices and tailor their talent management programs to attract the workforce of the future,” said Matthieu Imbert-Bouchard, Managing Director of Robert Half Singapore.“Singaporean workplaces are invariably multi-generational; however the workforce will inevitably be dominated by millennials as Baby Boomers gradually retire. In the midst of this transition, companies will need to adopt multi-generational collaboration and (reverse) mentoring programs as a way to share best practices and knowledge.”

Source: Singaporean businesses pulling out stops for millennials | hrmasia

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Hours after Donald Trump’s Inauguration, a post appeared on the official White House petitions page, demanding that he release his tax returns. In only a few days, it gathered more signatures than any previous White House petition. The success of the Women’s March had shown that themed protests could both mobilize huge numbers of people and hit a nerve with the President. On Easter weekend, roughly a hundred and twenty thousand people protested in two hundred cities, calling for him to release his tax returns and sell his businesses. On Capitol Hill, protesters chanted “Impeach Forty-five!” In West Palm Beach, a motorcade ferrying him from the Trump International Golf Club to Mar-a-Lago had to take a circuitous route to avoid demonstrators. The White House does all it can to keep the President away from protests, but the next day Trump tweeted, “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is over!”

Source: How Trump Could Get Fired – The New Yorker

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Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been talking about the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Attorney Jonathan Segal with the firm Duane Morris LLP shared his knowledge about the proposed changes to the salary basis threshold and the primary duties test. I hope you get a chance to review those posts because there’s lots of important information to consider.

Source: HR Has the Power to Impact Change – hr bartender

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One day while walking down the street a highly successful HR Director was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself. “Welcome to Heaven,” said St. Peter.

“Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we’ve never once had a Human Resources Director make it this far and we’re not really sure what to do with you.” “No problem, just let me in,” said the woman. “Well, I’d like to,” replied St. Peter, “but I have higher orders. What we’re going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in.”

“Actually, I think I’ve made up my mind, I prefer to stay in Heaven,” said the woman. “Sorry, we have rules…” And with that St. Peter put the executive in an elevator and it went down-down-down to hell. The doors opened and she found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of her were all her friends – fellow executives that she had worked with and they were all dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner.

She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kinda cute) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing.

She was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave.

Everybody shook her hand and waved good-bye as she got on the elevator. The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and she found St. Peter waiting for her.

“Now it’s time to spend a day in heaven,” he said. So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing.

She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her.

“So, you’ve spent a day in hell and you’ve spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity,” he said.

The woman paused for a second and then replied, “Well, I never thought I’d say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell.”

So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went down-down-down back to Hell.

When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth.
She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks.

The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her. “I don’t understand,” stammered the woman, “yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time.

Now all there is, is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable.”

The Devil looked at her and smiled. “Yesterday we were recruiting you, today you’re staff…”

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