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TAN TENG CHEONG

“You can only be underpaid if someone else had offered you a better package."

 

DON’T WAIT FOR THE CHEESE TO COME BACK

Sniff and Scurry quickly moved on – venturing to other parts of the maze and soon found a new source of cheese at Cheese Station N. On the other hand, Hem and Haw, upon discovering that the cheese is gone, were angry and annoyed. They had counted on the cheese supply to be constant and were unprepared for this day.

 

 

DON’T WAIT FOR THE CHEESE TO COME BACK

Sniff and Scurry quickly moved on – venturing to other parts of the maze and soon found a new source of cheese at Cheese Station N. On the other hand, Hem and Haw, upon discovering that the cheese is gone, were angry and annoyed. They had counted on the cheese supply to be constant and were unprepared for this day.

 

The story then continues with how Hem and Haw responded differently to the situation. While Hem deliberated, Haw decided that he cannot stay still and soon ventured out into the maze and eventually arrived at Cheese Station N

– learning many lessons along the way. Not forgetting his friend, Haw left a trail for Hem to follow by writing down what he had learnt on walls in the maze. The story has a happy ending with Haw hearing familiar footsteps approaching Cheese Station N one day. Perhaps Hem has also found his way here, finally!

 

Though simple, this book is profound in its simplicity – and has lessons for many of us as we venture through life.

 

CHECK THE CHEESE, MONITOR CHANGES

Face it – the employer-employee relationship is a commercial one. For every dollar the employer pays, the organisation expects no less than a dollar of value. As an employee, it is our job to deliver at least $1.10 of value for every dollar we’re paid. If you’re not doing that – you are at risk.

 

 

 Employer-employee relationship
 Skills Inventory
Khoong Chan Meng, Tan Peng Wei

“The future depends on what you do today”. The best moment to act is now, so what’s your next move?

 

Did you know that back in the 17th century, the word “computer” was used to refer to “a human being who calculates”? It is a far cry from our understanding of the word today. And like how the meaning of “computer” has changed over the years, the definition of work is also undergoing a rapid shift with the arrival of Industry 4.0. Question is, how can we keep our career growth on track regardless of the changing times?

 

Actually, the phenomenon of change is nothing new. Over the course of history, human beings have continuously designed and produced machines to take over our work; the machines then went on to do the work of human beings. Accordingly, various predictions were made about the number of jobs that would be lost during each industrial revolution. Yet, human ingenuity has always resulted in the creation of more new jobs than the amount of workers displaced.

 

So even as we look at the shifts – both past and present – as disruptions, we should also learn to appreciate the demonstration of human resilience. Entering Industry 4.0, we can expect history to repeat itself – except, possibly at an increasingly faster pace.

 

Sure, we can choose to do nothing and simply look on as transformation unfolds, hoping that we will not be displaced. But why take the back seat when we can be in the driver’s seat to explore the many exciting new opportunities Industry 4.0 presents?

 

UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE OF WORK AND ITS COMPLEXITIES

Importantly, we need to understand the complex changes that are unfolding in the world right now. And these changes are not just about using computers to complete tasks faster. One example is the proliferation of artificial intelligence in recent times. Machines have started to take over problem solving and analytics tasks.

 

 Future of Work
 Digitalisation

 

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