Dipa Swaminathan, assistant general counsel at Singtel and founder of It’s Raining Raincoats says:
“Walking into the office every day knowing there are colleagues who have my back and with whom I can share silly giggles when I need to – all this adds up to work being a happy place.
“Building relationships at work is not fundamentally different to building relationships outside. Cultivating trust, being on a common wavelength and finding interests and opportunities to bond outside work – all help.
“Some of my best friends today are my former colleagues from as far back as the mid-90s!”
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Rachel Teo, marketing director Singapore at GoBear says:
“What makes me happiest at work involves being strict about maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When I’m at work, I’m dedicated to leading my team and ensuring we strive towards our goals. Then with the knowledge that I’ve given it all I can during the day, I draw the line by not touching work or checking emails outside of work hours.
“I’m a firm believer in leaving my work at the office so that I’m fully present when at home with my husband and baby bear. I have a supportive and understanding team at work who know to reach me on my mobile if it’s urgent.”
Peggy Zhu, head of brand and growth marketing at Shopee says:
“Time is incredibly precious and being a mother to my four-year-old daughter has made me more determined than ever to prioritise and manage my time efficiently. I do this by ensuring I have a clear work agenda for the day and commit to it.”
Shaowen Ang, senior manager of regional operations at Shopee says:
“I joined Shopee in 2016 when e-commerce was still a budding industry in Singapore. I noticed plenty of room for me to contribute towards the company and began setting up processes and policies to enable my team and I to create the best possible shopping experience for our users. This is the sort of thing that makes me really happy at work because I built my team from the ground up and created automated processes to improve overall workflow and efficiency. ”
Patrina Tan, senior VP of retail, marketing and leasing at OUE Limited says:
“To me, being happy at work is about having an awesome team. That’s why I strive to retain my staff and take care to boost employee morale. My team members have been working together for almost 10 years and I touch base with them over meals whenever there’s an occasion to celebrate. It happens quite regularly. After all, we have a shared love for food!”