The Human Resources team wishes you a Happy Lunar New Year! Here’s hoping you, your family and your colleagues have an abundance of fortune and happiness in the Year of the Pig ahead.

On this occasion, we’re looking back at the most popular stories over the past month, and present them to you for some light reading between the festivities.

Sit back, relax, have a couple of pineapple tarts, and enjoy.

1. 2019 ranking: NUS, NTU, SMU remain among world’s best 50 MBAs



The 2019 Financial Times’ (FT) global MBA ranking which features the world’s best 100 full-time MBA programmes, placed NUS Business School in the 17th spot this year, moving up one place from 2018. Similarly, SMU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business climbed to 43rd place, from 49th last year.

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2. 6 things HR leaders should keep an eye on in 2019



In today’s highly competitive business environment, talent is clearly recognised as a business differentiator. Hence, it’s no surprise that 83% of talent leaders feel their mission is to create a business impact, Randstad Sourceright’s 2019 Talent Trends Report found.

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3. Shiseido aims to hire 130 more staff at its new APAC HQ in Singapore by 2020



The new office will house three new dedicated facilities – the Asia Learning Centre (ALC), Asia Pacific Innovation Centre, and the Life Quality Beauty Centre. Check out the photos of the interiors.

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4. Five 2019 trends that are redefining HR’s role


In an exclusive analysis for Human Resources, New York-based Stela Lupushor, Founder and Chief Re-framer of Reframe.Work Inc., identifies five ways in which HR has the opportunity to shape the business future.

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5. Here’s what HR professionals in Singapore, Hong Kong, and China can earn in 2019



Similar to last year, the hiring market across Asia in 2019 is expected to remain a candidate’s market. Links International’s 2019 Asia Salary Snapshot revealed 46% of employers across the region expect to increase hiring this year.

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6. 10 emerging global talent trends for 2019


From conversations with 30 of its talent acquisition, development and compensation experts globally, Korn Ferry has identified 10 emerging global talent trends for 2019, summarised in this article.

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7. Din Tai Fung sets up Staff Lounge, pilots 5-day work-week for restaurant staff


The global Taiwanese chain, operated by BreadTalk Group, has announced a series of new welfare benefits for restaurant staff. These include a 1,550 sq ft Staff Lounge for their breaks and split shifts;
piloting a move to a 5-day work week, earning staff two additional rest days per month, and more.

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8. Salaries projected to increase by 5.2% in Malaysia in 2019



Good news for staff in Malaysia! Salaries are projected to increase by 5.2% in 2019, according to the Malaysia 2018 Salary Increase & Total Compensation Measurement™ Survey by Aon. This marks a slight increase from 2018 where salaries were found to increase by 5.0%.

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9. In photos: Take a tour of Sodexo’s new APAC House


All round employee wellbeing, new ways of working, as well as benefits to the community and environment was Sodexo’s focus when designing its new APAC House.

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10. 3 mistakes most rookie HR leaders make


A 28-year HR veteran leader, Adam Abdullah, highlights how to overcome challenges such as a know-it-all attitude, unclear goals linked to strategy, and missing communication targets for first-time HR leaders.

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Have a great celebration and happy feasting, everyone.

– The Human Resources team

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