Keith Tan started this thread on 06/13/19

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Jan Chan posted this at 11:03pm, 16/06/19, 4 months ago
Workplace disruption is a good opportunity for government to scale back working hours so that everyone will have better work life balance. Hopefully this happens, otherwise competition for jobs will become worse than it already is.


Keith Tan posted this at 11:42am, 24/06/19, 4 months ago
Hey Jan! I think so too!


Raymond posted this at 9:43am, 18/06/19, 4 months ago
i think our education and life are already disrupted by the rapid changes that technology brings. we’re already more exposed to rapid changes in technology and more adaptable to such changes than our parents. i think we should keep an open mind and embrace what comes along as this is our moment.


Rason Lee posted this at 12:09am, 19/06/19, 4 months ago
I believe it is until we have a state-owned enterprise with a seizable pool of local engineers trained in cutting-edge CAD for automation, can we then, as a social cooperative, plan to rest on the laurels of technological singularity.

Re: https://sbr.com.sg/economy/in-focus/flawed-innovation-system-dents-singapores-preparation-automation

Incidentally, I tagged Temasek Holdings on Facebook yesterday, "For manufacturing, we just need one versatile enterprise to serve our domestic market with 3D printing and that would be half the automation chain owned." 
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Firdaus Kordi posted this at 2:13pm, 22/06/19, 4 months ago
Workplace Disruption is Inevitable. As the world advances, companies are relying more on technology to provide better services and even improve productivity. What can youth do? They must improve themselves and have the ability to adapt to change and embrace technology. If their job requires them to upgrade, they should. Technology is there to make life easier. True that they are taking your job but they need us to maintain and reprogram them so that they do things efficiently and effectively. Based on my experience, technology has help me and my team to be more productive in producing reproducible and reliable data. In the beginning, productivity for our work was low and we were struggling to meet deadline. Every since my company bought a new equipment, we are able to increase productivity and produce reliable results at the shortest time. I never thought that the machine will take my job but actually it helped me so much for my work. Sure, I need to retrain and relearn but I need to improve my skills so that I can control and maintain the equipment. In summary, I feel that Youth must be open and willing to improve themselves to embrace technology so that technology is doing work with them. Without, humans, the machine is not smart enough to know what to do. Or do not understand what is their purpose or outcome. We control that.
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Denise Chng posted this at 1:08am, 28/06/19, 4 months ago
Do not be too engrossed with workplace disruption. Life is meant to be disruptive. Focus on the skills we can hone, practise till we gain mastery of skills. #adversity is your best friend. If youth do not swallow the bitter medicine of hardship, then success will not come. Never chase after fame or fortune, for it is only a temporary instinctive materialistic goal. Life is more than looking plastic perfect. The youth of Singapore must be enterprising and accept failures, humility, transparency and diligence as personal values for a disruptive life post era 2019.
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Rason Lee posted this at 9:34pm, 16/07/19, 3 months ago
Re Official Response 07/16/19: "youths need to be enterprising, accepting of failures, emphasizing the importance of honing soft skills. What are some of these values that youths should have?"

> "Accepting of failures" can either imply having a sacrificial spirit or an appetite for resource freewheeling, so we need to be more concrete with our expectations for either matter. Specifically, what is the bottomline quality of living that we should safeguard for passion pursuers in the event of their financial failure, and how the process of innovation and talent development should be planned to reduce which.

"Another comment suggested reducing working hours to allow more work-life balance. How else can we cope with workplace disruptions?"

> Likewise, reducing working hours may not help us cope with workplace disruptions if the bottomline is not met.
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Rason Lee posted this at 5:39am, 17/07/19, 3 months ago
p/s Nothing more to add here for the above matter except to say, from my list of propositions, you should be able to observe my strong opinions with regards to long-standing issues of Minimum Living Income (fair itemisation), Practical Education (rediscovery of academic essentialism and rote methods), Selection Processes and Incubation Outcomes (long term self-piloted development support prior to startup funding).


Rason Lee posted this at 8:52am, 18/07/19, 3 months ago
pp/s A note on work-life balance (refer upcoming citizen's panel on https://www.ideas.gov.sg/public/CitizensPanel_WorkLifeHarmony) - I personally foresee more of the same work productivity strategies (flexi-hours, childcare, resting quarters) and doubt that the discussion would be directed at overarching issues such as poverty, oppressive overtime work culture, bad lifestyle habits, financial ruin and toxic interpersonal communication - all chipping away at what's left as the foundation of happiness.
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Seah Rui Shan posted this at 7:02am, 22/07/19, 3 months ago
I believe today's workplace disruption is more than just technology advancements or the rise of startups as Singapore begins moving towards technoprenurship. I define workplace disruption from a macro perspective as well, specifically reflecting the volatile dynamics of politics and the economy today.

Take for example, the US-China trade tensions have impacted the viability of investors and businesses based in China who are now considering venturing into more economically stable countries in southeast asia like Vietnam. The intrinsic interaction of politics, economics and businesses can also be observed with the recent instability in Hong Kong regarding revoking of the extradition bill.

I believe that the key to overcoming or at least preparing ourselves for disruptive workplace climates is to 'ride' in the phenomena of workplace disruption. And one way is to be politically and economically informed. When we are informed, we become politically and economically literate and this might possibly allow us to turn a potential obstacle into an opportunity.

'Riding' workplace disruption might become an opportunity for us to hone or upgrade our skills and perhaps venture into a new and emerging market, or the chance to do a mid-career switch into another industry. But we can only take advantage of this disruption if we predict and prepare for it.

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Keith Tan posted this at 3:56am, 19/08/19, about 2 months ago
That's great!
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7:19am, 07/17/19 Hi Everyone! Thanks to all that have contributed, do keep your comments coming! Workplace disruptions are inevitable, and your comments have highlighted that youths must be adaptable to be able to thrive in today’s economy. One comment suggested that through upgrading he has learnt to embrace technology, and use it to effectively complete tasks, increasing productivity. This view is supported by another comment suggesting that youths need to be enterprising, accepting of failures, emphasizing the importance of honing soft skills. What are some of these values that youths should have? Another comment suggested reducing working hours to allow more work-life balance. How else can we cope with workplace disruptions? Do share your thoughts with us! -