News Recap

News Recap - 04 Jul to 09 Jul

09 Jul 2020

1. 7 More Worker Dorms Cleared of COVID-19 Patients

Seven worker dormitories have been cleared of patients who test positive for the COVID-19 virus, and now house only recovered individuals and those who have recently tested negative for the virus.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (July 8) that the inter-agency task force has been clearing dormitories through aggressive testing of migrant workers residing in dormitories.

The seven dormitories, which are also now closed clusters, are at Tuas South Street 12, 109 Ubi Avenue 4, 11 Defu Lane 1, 12 Kwong Min Road, 18 Woodlands Industrial Park E1, 55 Genting Lane and 6 Tuas View Square.  

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2. Long-term Effects of COVID-19 Infection Being Studied in Singapore

More than 500 COVID-19 patients here who have recovered are part of an ongoing study to monitor the long-term effects of infection. The effort, which will continue for up to two years, is helmed by the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID).  

Numerous studies worldwide have found that the disease can wreak havoc on almost every organ, including the kidneys, liver, heart and brain. Patients have died not only from lung failure, but also from kidney failure, blood clots, liver abnormalities and neurological manifestations. 

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3. Malaysia May Announce Decision on Reopening of Borders for Green Zone Countries Soon

Malaysians and Singaporeans may soon have a better idea about the reopening of Malaysia's borders, as its Minister of Foreign Affairs has announced that negotiations are ongoing.

In a Facebook post yesterday (6 July), Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said these negotiations are on, especially on agreements in the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) category, which includes Singapore, Brunei, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia in the green zone previously announced by Director-General of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

This RGL was introduced to facilitate travel between these countries, either for official purposes or essential business; at the same time, a Periodic Commuting Agreement (PCA) will enable Singaporeans and Malaysians who are also long-term pass holders to return home periodically on a short-term basis.

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4. How Digital Twins Help Achieve Business Continuity in Changing Times

Implementing or enhancing digital twins will help companies prepare for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity that is likely to continue into 2021 and beyond. 

Business continuity refers to maintaining, adjusting or rapidly resuming business functions in the event of a major disruption. Most major organizations have continuity plans in place that cover dealing with critical system/network failure, cyberattacks, hurricanes or price fluctuations in critical materials but not for pandemics.

Since the declaration of the pandemic, many supply chain professionals have had to learn how their organizations were adapting and achieving business continuity by leveraging digital twins.  

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5. How Confident are Millennials and Gen Zs in Their Employers' Response to the Pandemic?

In times of crisis - such as the current COVID-19 pandemic - how governments respond is one thing, but how the employer responds is also critical in building up employee confidence.

In fact, in the recent 2020 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey, a number of Millennials and Gen Zs surveyed around the world found themselves more loyal to their employers based on how they handled the ongoing pandemic.

For instance, of the 9,102 individuals surveyed across 13 countries between April and May this year, two-thirds said they were pleased with the speed and manner in which their employers had acted; at the same time, about six in 10 (60%) believed these actions made them want to stay with their employers for the long term.

Additionally, in terms of mental health, about 60% said their employers had taken actions to support their mental wellbeing during this period, with a majority saying their employers had sacrificed profits to help them and their clients/customers.

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6. Suite Talk: Ohmyhome's CEO on Why You Should Treat Your Team as Family

In an exclusive interview with Rhonda Wong, CEO and co-founder of Ohmyhome (housing property company), hosted by Human Resource Online, she shares with us her beliefs in treating her team like her own family and tips for employee retention.

Some key takeaway points from the interview session:

  • Inspiring your team is important, as retention rates can increase
  • Adopting an “open-door policy” where your employees can approach you readily
  • Constantly thinking on ways to bring out the talents of the individuals


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