“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” goes the line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. But four centuries after the play was written, the analysis couldn’t be less accurate. According to the OECD Better Life report, Danes have a better work-life balance than any other country surveyed. Only 2% of employees regularly work very long hours, which isn’t much when you compare it with the OECD average of 13%. Instead, they spend around two-thirds of their day (16 hours) eating, sleeping and indulging in leisurely

Source: Denmark has the best work-life balance. Here’s why | World Economic Forum

Despite good news on Singapore’s economic and productivity fronts, the Singapore workforce have little to cheer about when it’s time to go to work.According to the JobsCentral Work Happiness Survey Report 2017, at least one in two employees is unhappy at work. With an average Overall Work Happiness Indicator Score of 46.8%, this marks a record low since the survey begun in 2009.The latest survey of 1,843 respondents, aged 16 years and above, found that the happiest workers in Singapore are those in translation and editorial with an average Work Happiness Indicator score of 75.8.This is followed by employees in Public Relations, Marketing, Research and Development, and Legal, whose respondents claim to be comparatively happier than their fellow counterparts.Those who felt most unhappy at work are from compliance, administrative, management and merchandising/ purchasing.

Source: Which industries can Singapore’s unhappiest workers be found? | hrmasia

New curriculum, text books as Chinese schools start academic year

Children run after getting new textbooks at Xuyi Shiyan Primary School in Xuyi County, east China’s Jiangsu province

— As millions of Chinese students entered new primary and middle schools on the first day of the academic year on Friday, they received newly-edited books and a new curriculum, adjusting the educational emphasis toward different subjects.Yi Mide, a grade one student in the No. 2 Primary School of Qigong Street, Shenyang, capital of northeast China’s Liaoning province, said he did not have English on his curriculum like older students, but had science, which was new to grade one students.Less EnglishPreviously, studies of Chinese and English had the same weighting, and Chinese students started English study from grade one in primary schools.The revised curriculum followed a slew of reforms announced by China’s Ministry of Education last year on the National College Entrance Exam, or the gaokao, asking universities not to base their judgement of applicants solely on the gaokao scores of three major subjects — math, Chinese and English — but take consideration of selective classes as well as evaluations of morality, physical health, art cultivation and social practices.

Source: New curriculum, text books as Chinese schools start academic year[1]- Chinadaily.com.cn

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