Top Reads Of The Week: Creating a Highly Engaging Workplace

The workplace, a view too familiar for many. And let’s be honest, we spend more time here than we’d actually like to admit. It’s no wonder some would call the workplace their second home. But what can we actually do make it not sound like a chore and instead, a fun and engaging place to work in for ourselves as well as our co-workers?

A survey done by in their Job Happiness Index with a strong 700 respondents shows that a worrying 45% of Singaporeans are unhappy or unsatisfied at work. Quite an alarming rate considering most employees spend at least 6 to 8 hours at their workspace daily. It’s no wonder why stress is the number 1 cited cause of unhappiness in today’s working environment.

This week, I have hand-picked 4 articles on recognising stress factors in the workplace as well as the optimal way to promote a healthier and more stimulating environment for the busy bee workers that we are.

The Less Stressful, the More Engaging it is!

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Considered as the pain of the century, stress can really reduce the employee commitment at work. Leading to a lower performance, absenteeism, resignations in some cases, and in the worst scenario burnout, stress shouldn’t be part of the workplace.

Contrary to what we commonly think, a recent study showed that we should stop focusing on the individual action (nap rooms for instance), since it is far from being as effective as we expect it to be. Instead, employers should focus on the organisation on a wholistic level, creating a stress-friendly environment.

Read through this article to discover how to get rid of stress at work.

Combating the “Always-on” Epidemic in Asia-Pacific

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Our current world is going so fast, at a pace where we don’t even realise how technology is intruding into our everyday life. Even more at work, at a point where we are almost constantly connected, even when we are not supposed to. This is what Patrick Graham calls the “Always-On” epidemic. Meaning that we are always connected, even during weekends, vacations… constantly disturbed by e-mails, messages or calls.

Linked to the first article, this special type of stress can be prevented. Discover how, by reading the following article.

How Much Should a Company Invest in Wellness Program?

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The more companies realise how creating an engaging environment is important, the more the workplace wellness sector grows. Indeed, wellness at work and commitments go hand in hand. Naturally, the healthier an employee is, the better he feels at work, the better he will perform.

“ A study by Gallup found that 62% of engaged employees feel their work positively affects their physical health.”

That said, companies aiming at creating a friendlier working environment should think about investing in a wellness program. But some questions remain, how to build an effective wellness program? And above all, how much budget should we assign to the latter?

Read the following article to know to put it into practice.

Get Inspired: Singapore Best Places to Work

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If you were wondering what criteria you should take into consideration to improve your working environment, here is the recipe. A list of the best workplaces in Singapore has just been released, revealing what factors contribute to a high-performing culture.

This year’s study mainly focuses on diversity and inclusion, but they are far from being the only hot button issues that arise when it comes to creating a better workplace.

Have a look at this article in order to discover what you should pay more attention to.

BONUS: Stop Trying to Motivate Your Employees | Kerry Goyette

When it comes to creating an engaging environment, the first thing that comes to our mind is motivation. Doing our best to motivate employees. But it seems so far away from what Kerry Goyette, the founder of Aperio Consulting, thinks.

Indeed, it’s a misconception we have. We can’t motivate employees.

They’re already motivated. The only thing that relies on us is unleashing this precious motivation.

Have a look at her video to discover why you should stop trying to motivate your employees.

About Timeo-Performance

We were founded with a vision to improve the world of work for everyone

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We are in the Skills Business!

Through recruitment, training and consulting, Timeo-Performance provides solutions for increased performance of companies, teams, and individuals. As our clients are in the center of global business and often serve the APAC region, our solutions need to be sustainable in a multicultural and remote context.

Our joint venture with Akteos, the European leader in intercultural training, and partnership with digital learning solutions provider CrossKnowledge have therefore been organic and logical additions to our service. Timeo-Performance has been helping companies in APAC increase business performance since 2008 with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.

We love what we do, feel the Timeo-Performance experience!

As busy professionals, our schedules are often filled to the brim with meetings and tasks to complete. We can get so caught up with work that we might even forget our all-important lunch and power through dinner as well. Alas, we can only do so much given the 24 hours we have in a day. While time management is vital, being productive is another matter in its entirety.Enter time batching.


Isabelle Larche

Managing Director, Recruitment & Executive Search at Timeo-Performance

Isabelle is a Human Performance expert, with over 10 years of professional recruitment experience, and 15 years of Business Management Consulting experience. Isabelle is the Vice President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Trade Counsellor (Singapore Chapter) to the French Embassy.

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