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Link Roundup #39: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Microsoft Japan’s 4-day workweek experiment sees productivity jump 40% – CNBC

This article went VIRAL in social media, for good reason – who doesn’t want an extra day off per week?

So I thought I’d use this space to dig a little bit behind the headline. Here’s what I found:

  • ‘Productivity’ was measured in sales per employee, and 40% increase in sales is no joke
  • They capped in-person meetings to 30 minutes
  • They reduced operations cost: ‘23.1% less electricity used and 58.7% fewer pages printed over the period’
  • The experiment ‘also incorporated self-development and family wellness schemes’

Would this work in Malaysia, you think? I don’t know. Obviously Japan and Malaysia’s working culture is different – we work hard of course but they literally invented a word which describes dying by working hard (‘karoshi’).

However, common sense tells me that it wouldn’t hurt to at least try to reduce our meeting time, no?

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Link Roundup #38: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Malaysian Salaries Are Insufficient – The Star

Finally, we as a nation are focusing on low salaries. Before this the narrative seems to be more to blaming – as if we’re struggling solely because we’re simply poor savers and budgeters.

The Star’s editorial team rightfully pointed out that even EPF (aka KWSP)’s Belanjawanku guide lacks so many necessary expenses, like insurance, phone bill, PTPTN and contribution to parents.

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Link Roundup #37: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Half of millennials and 75% of Gen-Zers have quit jobs for mental health reasons  – CNBC

The data came from US demographics, but mental health is universal and this discussion is applicable to us Malaysians as well.

I don’t have solutions, but I agree with this gentleman’s sentiment:

But of course I admit that’s a priviledged way of looking at it. Some people truly can’t afford to quit their jobs because non-negotiable commitments are too high.

So here I want to say… employers, take care of your employees. I can give many reasons why you should – happier employees are more productive, etc – but at the end of the day… the reason you should take their wellbeing into consideration is because they’re fellow human beings.

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Link Roundup #36: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1.  How to Start a Business With No Money – The Street

Note: you can start a business with no money but there’s no such thing as starting a business with no effort.

Here are 8 methods listed:

  • Start a service or consultation business
  • Crowdfunding
  • Incubators
  • Angel investors
  • Line of credit
  • Small Business Administration (I’m not sure we have an equivalent for Malaysia – let me know if we do)
  • Small business grants
  • Friends and family

This is just me, but I consider people who like to fund their business ventures with mostly OPM (other people’s money) as somewhat entitled. I stay far away from them.

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Link Roundup #35: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1.  If You Suck as an Employee, You Will Probably Suck as an Entrepreneur – Entrepreneur

“Of course there are exceptions and extenuating circumstances that make someone a better entrepreneur than an employee, but generally, you need to build the work ethic to thrive in any environment first.”

How’s this for real talk?

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Link Roundup #34: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Experience Doesn’t Predict a New Hire’s Success – Harvard Business Review

Say whatttttt. But doesn’t the whole job hiring process center around experience??

So if not experience, what does predict new hire’s success in their new role? The professor recommends ‘focusing on the knowledge, skills, and traits directly rather than using experience or even education as a proxy.’

However, there are certain scenarios where experience matters, like task-based performance (like driving or operating machines).

Read the article to know more about this fascinating study.

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Link Roundup #33: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. This Is What People Think of You When You Wear Headphones at Work (According to an 800 Person Study) – Inc

Do you wear headphones at work? I did. I never really thought of how others would think of me (I just wanna get work done okay), but apparently here’s the breakdown of this study’s responses:

  • Want to be left alone — 27 percent
  • Focused — 22 percent
  • Busy — 17 percent
  • Love music/music quality — 16 percent
  • Rude/Pretentious — 9 percent

This sentence made me laugh: “Interestingly, the perception of being pretentious tripled when co-workers were wearing in-ear headphones (like AirPods)”.

If you still get interrupted for wearing headphones, or can’t for whatever reason, then click on the article to find other ways to minimise disctractions at work.

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Link Roundup #32: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk—they come from families with money – Quartz

You know what’s the best predictor of success? Being born by wealthy parents.

Usually, when I post things like this, some joker will be like, ‘yeah but not all. Look at [rich and successful person from modest backgrounds]’

Yes, true, but those are exceptions to the rule.

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Link Roundup #31: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. How to Sell Absolutely Anything to Absolutely Anybody, According to Scientists and Sales Gurus – Inc

The ‘the single most essential insight culled from over 15 years of interviews with over 100 experts with thousands of years of cumulative experience’ boils down to:

  1. Create trust
  2. Link what you’re selling to the customer’s desires
  3. Ask for a decision

How you put these three steps into action varies according to industry and medium and so many other factors, but there you go.

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Link Roundup #30: 10 Things to Know This Week

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1. 20 Professional Skills You Can Learn for $30 or Less – Entrepreneur

What can’t you learn online? Seriously, what an amazing world we live in.

You already know that, of course. But the sheer number of options available can also be crippling sometimes. I certainly get my fair share of analysis paralysis whenever I want to decide what to learn next.

If you’re feeling professionally stagnant, check out this article for 20 new skill ideas. It ranges from digital marketing, communications, technical, investing and more.

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