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S’pore start-up pairs maids up with available NS enlistment slots, reservist call-up duty

S’pore start-up pairs maids up with available NS enlistment slots, reservist call-up duty

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This is to further tap on an already existing resource in Singapore.

Photo stolen from here

Photo stolen from here

A new start-up in Singapore is offering a value-added service to pair maids up with available slots for National Service enlistment and reservist call-up duty.

This latest start-up, called Zhopeng, comes hot on the heels of a previous start-up that offers butler service to store and wash equipment for NSmen in between in-camp training and even deliver it to the servicemen to the exact location of their next training.

Zhopeng founder, Qu Zuo Bing, said: “Maids have been part of the decisive force. We have seen them in Singapore do everything from carrying equipment when soldiers book out to cleaning and maintaining gear such as ironing uniforms and polishing boots.”

“Therefore, National Service is an institution that has all along trained maids to play a vital role in maintaining Total Defence.”

“The next logical step is to tap this invisible but vital resource and let them enlist into NS and also go for in-camp training.”

Singaporeans from all walks of life who think National Service is a vital part of Singapore, said it is time for Singapore to acknowledge the contribution of maids to National Service efforts.

Hen Gan Dong, a local, said: “I know that Singapore is in safe hands if our maids serve NS and reservist.”

“If maids can take care of our bags, they can take care of the country.”

At press time, the start-up founder said that in the event of war, they are still working on ways to mobilise all maids immediately in the MR, also known as Maids Reserve.


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Your boss won’t get you places; your colleagues will

Your boss won’t get you places; your colleagues will

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Don’t try too hard to get into your boss’ good books. Instead, network with your peer at the next cubicle.

By Subhas Avadiar

ANYONE who spends a good portion of their day in an office space have a limitless source of networking available to them – their colleagues sitting in the same office.

Whatever your career goals and dreams, one thing’s for sure: You’ll need to arm yourself with an arsenal of tools that your peers lack. And the most potent tool you could possess is the ability to effectively harness the power of networking, wherever you are and with whomever you come across.

Stick to these three simple tips below to grasp and exploit the power of networking:

Stop thinking that your boss will get you places.

A widespread misconception is that getting into your boss’ good books will get you places.

The fact is there are more important people in the office that you need to develop good relationships with. Remember, networking is essentially the ability to cultivate good relationships with the people around you.

The most important people you need to be networking with are your colleagues. Most companies have peer evaluations which have a sizeable bearing on scalability within the organization. Networking with your colleagues lets you stand in good stead with them.

What follows is extreme influence in the work place. Your work becomes easier. You get things done faster when your colleagues are willing to lend a hand. Naturally, you experience a hike in work performance.

Any position is a sales position.

Whether you hold a position as an admin assistant, IT specialist or even an accountant, sales is still relevant.
Think about it: If you brought in business for your company, although you would not receive financial remuneration, would you not be seen as a cut above your colleagues?

To bring in business, you need to meet people. Pure and simple.

On hindsight, why would you put the time and energy into something where you would not stand to gain a financial benefit?

Well, networking lets you gain new job opportunities that you normally would not receive if not for the new contacts you meet.

Networking also allows you to build contacts in certain industries that you would not be normally exposed to. This is especially useful when a recession looms. Strong relationships tend to outweigh a strong resume.

Be the one to give others a chance to relax.

Do you know someone in the office who constantly organises fun mini-gatherings? Or that person who seems to be at the centre of everything fun going on in the office?

If you’re office lacks this character, it’s time to assume this role.

Being the one who organises these gatherings works wonders in terms of relationship building. You will magnetise the people around you. Your colleagues will show gratitude for simply bringing your co-workers together.

Such events do not need to take a toll on you. You do not need to plan massive gatherings. Simple dinner or drinks at the nearest hangout place after work would do.

But an important thing to remember is that you try to invite everyone. Do not just invite a select few people. This creates division within the work place and is counterproductive to your networking efforts.

Try out these simple tips above and find out why effective networking is a skill set that must be acquired by everyone. The faster you grasp and harness the true power of networking, the faster you will scale the rungs of corporate success.

Subhas Avadiar is the founder of Business Referral Organisation. BRO is a professional business networking platform In Singapore bringing SMEs and sales professionals together to form long term referral partnerships.

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