Friday, 21 June 2019

Forum: Wrong to assume part-timers are less committed

The importance of part-time workers cannot be underestimated in our tight labour market (Part-timers should not get same benefits as full-time staff, by Mr Syed Alwi Altahir, June 17).

Over the years, I have observed an increase in the number of part-time workers being employed in retail outlets and fast-food restaurants.

There are many reasons why companies turn to hiring part-time workers, who comprise mainly students, retirees and housewives.

Some companies do so as a way to ease their economic woes, while others need them because of the rapid staff turnover that adversely impacts their business operations and services.

When such problems persist, the only solution may be to have a pool of regular part-time employees who can be deployed to meet the company's manpower needs.

It is wrong to assume that part-timers would not be as committed or efficient in their jobs as full-time employees.

There are part-time employees who have contributed to the success of their organisation, and are concerned about its well-being.

Many are loyal and dedicated to their jobs because they are made to feel they have a stake in the company's business despite working fewer hours than the full-time employees.

Also some part-time employees in established companies enjoy statutory public holiday pay and leave benefits, as well as other perks including pro-rated bonuses, meaning they are treated like permanent full-time staff.

If we look at the issue in the proper perspective, the part-time employment trend is likely to be an enduring one.

What is more important is that the employer and full-time employees have much to gain by leveraging the part-timers' experience and availability for specific job assignments as and when needed.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng


Beat the heat: How to dress up for work without worrying about sweat stains

It is sweltering hot outside but freezing inside your office – deciding what to wear can be frustrating. Don’t sweat it – you can still feel cool without sacrificing your dress smarts with these tips.

Things to consider:
  • Fabric matters
  • Black or white
  • Sweat stain alert
  • Less coverage
  • Go loose and wide
  • All in the feet


The £4.50 cream that 'cured' my baby's eczema in just three days

Source: Child's Farm
A mother has revealed how her baby girl is 'spot free' after a miracle cream 'cured' her eczema in just days.

Tara Herd claims her then six-week-old daughter Olivia would 'scream the house down' during a flare-up, which often left her too distressed to feed.

After ruling out anything serious, medics recommended Mrs Herd try a barrier cream, which provides an extra protective layer to the skin.

Mrs Herd, of Newbury, Berkshire, tried a £4.50 moisturiser from Childs Farm and was amazed when Olivia's rash immediately started to die down.

Just three days later, Olivia's skin was 'spot free', with her not having a 'proper flare-up' since.


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One in five people who get tattoos end up infected

One in five people who get tattoos and piercings suffer an infection, health experts have warned.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPCH) called for an overhaul of safety standards as it warned that the fashion is putting lives at risk.

A survey by the public health body found some 18% of people who have had a tattoo, cosmetic piercing, acupuncture or electrolysis in the last five years experienced side effects.

The most common consequences were burning or swelling, the polling of 2,000 adults found. But in the worst cases, infections can cause sepsis, which can be fatal.