Friday, August 28, 2009

Unemployment Rate Continues To Climb

The statistics department of Malaysia has just released their latest data for 1st quarter 2009. Results as updated on June 30th 2009 tell us that the unemployment rate in Malaysia is at 4.0% now. Out of the total workforce of 11 million, we have 450,700 unemployed. Bad? Yes, when you compared it with end of last year that stands at only 3.3%.

Department of Statistics

But, unemployment in Malaysia is not as bad when we compared with Japan. As of this month, the unemployment rate in Japan has already hit 5.7%. And the number of unemployed? A whopping 3.59 million. How serious it is? It’s equivalent to 50% of the Klang Valley population (7 million people now) went jobless!

Read more at Marketwatch.com

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

5 reasons holidays are important for working people

I just came back from a nine-day holiday break. Love every minute of it....



I was very lucky to have a long break like that. The experts said taking holidays are beneficial for people with a working life. Good thing they added taking several short breaks over a period of time are as good as having one long break in a year. In other words, everyone can enjoy the benefits.

Why taking holidays are important?

1. Reduce work stress – take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape to somewhere quiet and peaceful will help to rejuvenate the soul. A definite plus for your physical, mental and emotional health.

2. Networking – this may come as a surprise but when you make friends with other holidaymakers, there may be a good chance they turn out to be your potential customers.

3. Inspiration – a new place, different climate and making new acquaintances help in your imagination. New ideas can be generated.

4. Perspective – watching the ocean or the blue sky, walking along the beach, looking things from the top of the mountain - help to put your working life into perspective. The challenges are probably not as huge as you thought initially.



5. Seek novelty – travel overseas and experience different culture and learn new regulations in business or employment. Did they do things differently from you? Can you learn something new from them? A simple example - I went to stay with a friend in Down Under and watch her cook and manage her kitchen. I had learn a thing or two and will try to apply them back here.

Having said all that, you do not really need a reason to go for a holiday. Just go...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Blog And Reading Blogs - Are You Stealing Employer's Time?

A new blog is created every six seconds now. That means more and more people are blogging. People started blogging as a way of keeping their journals online but as time goes by, blogging has evolved to almost a lifestyle and some used blogging for personal branding purposes or a way of advertising themselves. So, now everyone blog – from CEOs to politicians to celebrities and to students. Some of course blog for the money – generated from advertisements or writing advertorials.

In short, blogging is not going away but has slowly become part of our lives. Most people had already started to insert “My blog” in their call cards besides the usual hand phone no.

But, is blogging really for everyone? What if you have a full-time job? If you want to blog while you work full-time, when can you do so? Do you honestly have the time to blog or read other peoples’ blogs?

Employers are having a hard time controlling what employees do and cannot do in the internet– of course, they can block some sites but what if some of these sites include blogs that are going to benefit the employees in their work, is it then justifiable to block this sites? Headache, headache..., rite?

In my office, we do not block any site. In fact, surfing the social networking sites, blogs and etc are encouraged as this is part and parcel of our job: looking for talent! But, should they choose to chat with their friends or do personal stuffs instead while they surf these sites, can the management do anything? Almost nothing! Cos' the time spend on tracking their activities – like which page they go to and etc to determine whether they are working or otherwise would be too much work.

Some employers opted another way - appealing to their conscience through education and training. It works sometimes with the more matured bunch but for others, it is again an uphill task.

As working lifestyle has changed dramatically over the years, the rules to manage them must also change as well. Is your employer having more or less control now? And why?

You are reading this blog… do you regard it as stealing your employer’s time?

Thursday, August 6, 2009

10 Best Work Humor

Take a break, my friend and browse through my collection of work or office humor - quotes, funny stories, pictures, cartoons, comics and jokes. If you want a daily dose, bookmark some of these sites. Keep the humor going…we need more of that in the work place. As Mike Moore aptly puts it, “A happy workplace is a productive workplace.”

1) Eager to impress the boss

A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand.

"Listen," said the CEO, "this is a very sensitive and important document here, and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work?"

"Certainly," said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button.

"Excellent, excellent!" said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy."

Source: Comedy-zone

2)

Source: The Star.com

3)

Source: VeryFunnyPics

4) Resolving to surprise her husband, an executive's wife stopped by his office. She found him with his secretary sitting in his lap.

Without hesitating, he dictated, "...and in conclusion, gentlemen, shortage or no shortage, I cannot continue to operate this office with just one chair."

Source: Butlerwebs

5)

Source: Allyhunt

6) DILBERT'S SALARY THEOREM

Dilbert's "Salary Theorem" states that "Engineers and scientists can never earn as much as business executives and sales people."
This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:
As every engineer knows: Power = Work / Time

Since:
Knowledge = Power
Time = Money
Knowledge = Work/Money.

Solving for Money, we get:
Money = Work / Knowledge.

Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.

Conclusion:
The less you know, the more you make.

Source: Lifeisajoke

7) Office Truisms

(a) When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried.

(b) You will always get the greatest recognition for the job you least like.

(c) No one gets sick on Wednesdays.

(d) The longer the title, the less important the job.

Source: Officejokes

8)

Source: Clean Jokes and Laughs

9) Top Ten Things That Sound Dirty at the Office, But Aren't:

10. I need to whip it out by 5.
9. Mind if I use your laptop.
8. Put it in my box before I leave.
7. If I have to lick one more, I'll gag!!.
6. I want it on my desk, NOW.
5. HMMMMMMMMMM.....I think it's out of fluid.
4. My equipment is so old it takes forever to finish.
3. It's an entry-level position.
2. When do you think you'll be getting off today?
AND #1...It's not fair...I do all the work while he just sits there.

Source: Bitoffun

10)

Source: Motivationalplus

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

220,000 New Jobs By 2020

The country’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ), launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Tuesday, is expected to generate investments worth RM90bil and create 220,000 new jobs by 2020.

The Prime Minister said the SEZ was expected to contribute more job opportunities and yields compared with the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).

The SEZ covers an area of 3,875 sq km from Kerteh in Terengganu to Pekan and Gambang in Pahang.

Najib said the ECER SEZ was part of a new economic model designed by the Government that promises a fairer distribution of wealth and growth to be enjoyed by all.

“One of the projects identified is the Kuantan Port which will get a massive face-lift. Its current annual cargo bulk is expected to increase from 16.8 million metric tonnes to 30 million metric tonnes by 2020.

“It will involve construction of additional berths and wave breakers that will see the port becoming the main entry and exit point for the export and import of goods,” Najib said in his speech at the launch of the ECER SEZ at Runchang here yesterday.

Read the full report here

If the plan in on track, we shall see a huge opportunity for people in the following specializations:-

1. Logistics – that includes shipping, freight forwarding, port operations and warehousing related jobs.

2. Engineeringconstruction managers, civil engineers, site supervisors, m&e engineers, quantity surveyors, contract administrators, and etc.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed that this plan will be successful. The foresight of the PM today would certainly make a difference for our fresh graduates of tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

36th ARTDO International Leadership & HRD Conference

Theme: Developing Human Capital & Talent: The Key to Growth and Prosperity

Date: 4th to 6th October 2009

Venue: G Hotel, Penang, Malaysia


A HR conference to help you find out how to develop a more superior approach to human capital and talent management. The conference features Prof. Dr. William J. Rothwell who is the Leading Guru on Human Capital and Talent Management as the Keynote Speaker.

SPEECH and OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY by The Right Honourable TUAN LIM GUAN ENG, Chief Minister of Penang, Malaysia

This event provides a great opportunity to network with participants from different parts of the world, share insights, findings, tools, trends and research findings and also learn how leaders transform their own organizations by adopting a Human Capital and Talent Management mindset as part of their global business strategy and culture.

Businesses and organizations are realizing that real growth is not coming from capital or technology but from the ability to attract, engage and retain enough top talent to execute their growth strategy.

A list of outstanding speakers will share strategies, insights, ideas, processes and tools on key issues relating to the following topics.

• Developing Your Human Capital and Talent Management Framework
• Bridging Human Capital and Talent Management with Business Strategy
• Motivating, Rewarding and Developing Talent
• Sourcing, Attracting, Acquiring and Retaining the Right Talent
• Differentiating Talent: Identifying and Assessing High Potentials Earlier
• Developing the Bench Strength to Fill the Pipeline
• Becoming the Employer of Choice for Talent
• Talent Management and Competency Modeling
• Leadership & Succession Planning
• Human Capital & Talent Management and the Borderless World
• Assessing the Human Capital and Talent Gap – Methodologies and Tools
• Role of Senior Leadership in Human Capital and Talent Management

For more information, you can login to www.artdointernational.org

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Most Important Words in Working Life

You want to be successful in your working life? Well, whether you are working in Malaysia or any part of the world, the best tip is this – get your human relations right from the beginning by knowing these important words.

The six most important words: “I admit I made a mistake.”

The five most important words: “You did a good job.”

The four most important words: “What is your opinion?”

The three most important words: “If you please.”

The two most important words: “Thank you.”

The most important word: “We”

And the least important word and don't use it if you don't have to is “I”.