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What’s More Important Than a Fat Paycheck?
Let's face it. Money matters. But when it comes to success in your career, money should not be a primary concern – there are more important things than salary. The intrinsic value of relevant work experience and qualifications, the right skills, and in-depth knowledge can greatly influence your compensation package. So what’s better than a fat paycheck? Work-life balance Time can be invested but never bought. Having a good work-life balance allows you time for family and leisurely pursuits without sacrificing work obligations. According to a survey by Ernst & Young conducted 2012, work-life balance was ranked first among public and private sector employees. Salary was ranked third. Career progression You should not switch jobs just for a small pay increment. If it does not add value to your career progression, chances are, you would probably be caught in a vicious cycle of stagnating pay and your career coming to a standstill. Pay will usually commensurate with an established track record at work, and your valuable contribution to the organisation. Working in the right organisation There is not point working in an organisation that offers you top dollar but zero opportunities to develop professionally and personally. A great employer would have good corporate culture, shares your values, helps you to achieve your personal and organisation’s goals, and treats you with respect. Working in the right company also keeps you motivated and productive. Having the right attitude Having the right attitude at work not only keeps team dynamics and work relationships harmonious, you will also be happier, and more engaged to do great work. And with great work comes great rewards – especially if you work in the right company that recognizes your efforts. A good network Often, the best job opportunities often come from people you know. Building a good network within and beyond the office with the right people can offer great prospects. The more people who think how you good you are, the more they would provide skills, tips, share contacts and resources, and endorse you to others.
Stars for A Day — GMP on Channel 8
MediaCorp visited the Singapore office last November and filmed a couple of scenes for the Channel 8 documentary-drama, Hands of Families 《一家都不能少》which aired from 24 February to 31 March 2015. Do any of the pictures below look familiar to you? You can watch the episodes at www.toggle.sg.
A Night at The Oscars — GMP Appreciation Night 2015
To appreciate all GMP staffs and their efforts for the past year, the annual Dinner & Dance dubbed “GMP Appreciation Night 2015” was held at Ban Heng Restaurant on 6 February 2015. Upon arrival, GMPians were greeted with a fun photo booth, complete with fun props of their choosing. Then it was again picture time in front of the GMP photo wall. Our colleagues from GSI Hong Kong, Isabella Tan, as well as GSI Thailand’s Nonglak Thanarak also joined us in the fun that night. With the theme being “Oscar Night”, it was one filled with much joy and laughter with each division/ department performing a scene from a movie they had chosen (e.g. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Despicable Me, etc.). Also, prizes worth more than $4,000 were given out that night! It was definitely a night to remember and we look forward to the next one!
GMP Receives the Singapore Entrepreneurs’ Award 2014/2015
The Singapore Entrepreneurs’ Award is a prestigious business accolade which recognizes the entrepreneurial elite in Singapore and beyond. This year, GMP was nominated and along with other local SMEs, received the prestigious award at the ceremony held on 20 March 2015 at Marina Bay Sands. Leading up to the award ceremony, advertising for the award and its winners were seen all around Raffles Place MRT station platforms during the month of March. We will strive for more awards in the coming years!
Healthy Bites at GMP
Last Wednesday (11 November 2015), the office staff enjoyed fresh cut fruit as a healthy snack. As part of a new initiative set by the HR team, freshly cut fruit (papaya, watermelon, honeydew and pineapple) are delivered every other month, neatly packed in individual cups for our staff to enjoy during tea time. Fruit is naturally low in energy, fat, and salt and are also wonderful sources of fibre and many vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals - natural components in fruit and vegetables that offer health benefits beyond nutrition (Source: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/2648). This initiative has been met with warm welcome, with some coming back for seconds! Healthy employees. Happy employees.
Christmas 2015 - of Farewells and New Beginnings
It was a bittersweet day last Christmas Eve. All the staff at GMP had dressed up in festive colours of red and green. A buzz of excitement was in the air. Not only was the office Christmas party that day, but it was also the last day at the old One Raffles Place office (we have since moved into our new office space at One Finlayson Green, just a 5 minutes’ walk from Raffles Place MRT Station). The office was filled with moving boxes and the walls and cabinets, once filled to the brim, were now bare. Everyone was still busy though, making sure that nothing will be left behind. The party was a memorable one, in particular the Secret Santa gift exchange. We ended the day with a group photo, the last one in the office which had served us well for the past many years. Nonetheless, onward to new beginnings!