The Issue

Challenges Women Face Today
No Work-Life Balance
Loss of Financial Independence
Lack of Career Fulfillment
Low Fertility Rate

Women today are smart, educated and talented, and want to have a fulfilling career. But family is equally, if not more, important. Achieving work-life balance is a struggle for many. Single mothers are a particular subset of women who face significant challenges as the primary caregiver and breadwinner for their families.

Today’s career women are continually challenged by the demands of full-time work. The majorities are working 40- 45 hour weeks, and almost every working mother wishes they had more time to spend with their children. On the other hand, mothers who make a decision to leave the workforce face the challenges of a drop in household income alongside rising costs of living, and sometimes a sense of loss of self-fulfillment or identity in giving up their careers.

Those who want to want to return to work when their children are older face difficulties in doing so. Meanwhile, the economy loses the contribution of many capable, highly-educated women. Due to these considerations, mothers-to-be often choose to delay starting a family. Singapore’s low Total Fertility Rate (TFR) is recognized as a top concern for Singapore’s future. Despite several incentive programs, married couples seem reluctant to procreate or to have more than two children.

The Solutions

CRIB values the ability of women to make the best choices for themselves and their families.
For some women, becoming an entrepreneur may be the answer to achieving the perfect balance between family and career.
Being a business owner offers women an opportunity to achieve work-life balance.
This doesn’t mean working less hard or being less productive, it’s about having the flexibility to make family a priority.

How We Do It

Crib Society

Our business community of like-minded, experienced women entrepreneurs creates the opportunity to exchange ideas and find inspiration and support from other successful women.

Crib Match

Our matchmaking programme allows entrepreneurs to find complementary partners to launch a business.

Crib Incubator

Our business incubator programme will provide CRIB entrepreneurs with invaluable mentorship from industry leaders, access to funding and a trusted network of resources to create successful, viable businesses.

Result

Women entrepreneurs in supportive business partnerships are able to have a career while still having control over time and choices.

Positive Social Impacts

New Exciting Business

Exciting and viable new businesses come into existence, including innovative social enterprises.

Return of Latent Workforce to Economy

Together with the return of the latent workforce to the economy, including mid-career professionals, women are able to make a significant contribution to society.

Higher Fertility Rate

Eventually these women entrepreneurs create jobs that provide work-life balance to their employees, contributing to a societal mindset shift that will spread to the corporate world as well. All this, we hope, will lead to more babies!

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Recognized as a fundamental element to early development, sensory play and art sessions at Tanderra are a fun way for your child to be engaged and messy in a safe, child focused environment.

Facilitated by qualified early childhood educators, sessions include water, paint, sand and more, and offer children an opportunity to stimulate their senses as they discover and explore the world around them.

This event will take place on the 1st Friday of every month.

Ages: 6 months to 3 years

Time: 9.30am to 11.00am

Cost: $15/child (includes tea/coffee for mum)

Please register for this event via the NMSG Meetup group

New Mothers Support Group Singapore looks forward to seeing you there.

Location: Art Pegola @ Tanderra, Block 73 Loewen Road, #01¬21, Singapore 248843 www.tanderrasingapore.com

Dates 2016

Friday 2 September

Friday 7 October

Friday 4 November

Friday 2 December

Organizer

Nicole O'Connor

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Looking for a career match thisValentine's? Play the job hunting game like you do the dating one and theperfect match could be just around the corner.

Finding the right job (or the rightcandidate) is a lot like playing the dating game – first impressions count, andwe all have things on our ‘deal-breaker’ list. Read on for our tips on how tofind the perfect match this Valentine’s Day (and beyond!)…

Know what you want in a potential partner? Make alist of deal-breaker criteria when sizing up possible suitors, to ensure youdon't get carried away by the thrill of the chase.

Quick fling or long-term togetherness? - Do you want your nextcareer move to be 'the one', or is forever for later?

Cast your net wider – think outside the box about what will give you jobsatisfaction and fulfilment. The perfect match could be in the least expected ofplaces, or your skills could be well suited to a role you never consideredbefore.

Be honest with yourself and them – if a job isn't going to make youhappy - be it at application stage, interview or beyond – avoid staying in therelationship for the sake of it.

Pursue happiness, not just material gain – it'sjust not about making others jealous or commanding a huge salary for the sakeof it. What's truly going to make you relish getting up every morning?

Don't judge by appearances – the best looking organisationsaren't necessarily the most wonderful work for, or might not be a good fit foryou, so be sure to look beneath the surface.

Presentation is everything - first impressions count, so makesure your online profile, CV and covering letters send out the right messages.Likewise, think carefully about the signals you're giving off at interview,with everything from what you wear to how you sit and the answers you give.

Don't rush into things – accepting the advances of thefirst recruiter or business that pays you some attention is a recipe fordisaster. Think things through before you take the plunge and leap in head first.

Play hard to get – you've aced the interview and clinched the job, sonow it's time to lay down a few ground rules. Ensure the rules of engagementare on your side when negotiating your salary and package.

Make sure there's chemistry – having a connection and similarvalues are important in all relationships, personal and professional.

Remember, it's not all about you – ask questions, listen carefullyand take a genuine interest in what your match has to say. Think of it asprofessional flirting.

Be selective yet realistic – pickiness is essential whensourcing potential partners but remember that nobody's perfect.

Plenty more fish in the sea – rejection can hurt but don't letit affect your self-worth. Keep your search focused, be proactive, network andfollow up all potential leads in a timely fashion and your career soul matewill come along sooner or later.

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The perfect match - why job hunting is like dating

Looking for a career match this Valentine's? Play the job hunting game like you do the dating one and the perfect match could be just around the corner.

Finding the right job (or the right candidate) is a lot like playing the dating game – first impressions count, and we all have things on our ‘deal-breaker’ list. Read on for our tips on how to find the perfect match this Valentine’s Day (and beyond!)…

Know what you want in a potential partner? Make a list of deal-breaker criteria when sizing up possible suitors, to ensure you don't get carried away by the thrill of the chase.

Quick fling or long-term togetherness? - Do you want your next career move to be 'the one', or is forever for later?

Cast your net wider – think outside the box about what will give you job satisfaction and fulfilment. The perfect match could be in the least expected of places, or your skills could be well suited to a role you never considered before.

Be honest with yourself and them – if a job isn't going to make you happy - be it at application stage, interview or beyond – avoid staying in the relationship for the sake of it.

Pursue happiness, not just material gain – it's just not about making others jealous or commanding a huge salary for the sake of it. What's truly going to make you relish getting up every morning?

Don't judge by appearances – the best looking organisations aren't necessarily the most wonderful work for, or might not be a good fit for you, so be sure to look beneath the surface.

Presentation is everything - first impressions count, so make sure your online profile, CV and covering letters send out the right messages. Likewise, think carefully about the signals you're giving off at interview, with everything from what you wear to how you sit and the answers you give.

Don't rush into things – accepting the advances of the first recruiter or business that pays you some attention is a recipe for disaster. Think things through before you take the plunge and leap in head first.

Play hard to get – you've aced the interview and clinched the job, so now it's time to lay down a few ground rules. Ensure the rules of engagement are on your side when negotiating your salary and package.

Make sure there's chemistry – having a connection and similar values are important in all relationships, personal and professional.

Remember, it's not all about you – ask questions, listen carefully and take a genuine interest in what your match has to say. Think of it as professional flirting.

Be selective yet realistic – pickiness is essential when sourcing potential partners but remember that nobody's perfect.

Plenty more fish in the sea – rejection can hurt but don't let it affect your self-worth. Keep your search focused, be proactive, network and follow up all potential leads in a timely fashion and your career soul mate will come along sooner or later.

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Cleaning both the HVAC unit and the ductworkhas beneficial effects to your home. Duct cleaning is a method to clean theintake, return and supply ducts of your home and professionals from Pugh Heating& Air Conditioning use specialized vacuums, blowers, and brushes during theprocess. It includes a thorough cleaning of the HVAC system's registers,grilles, motors, fans, housings, coils and air handler.

 

Duct cleaning can be helpful in case of contaminationin the HVAC unit and the ducts. Reviews made by Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning state that animals,contaminants, illness, mold, and renovations are some factors for ductcleaning.

 

Dirty ductwork might be the cause of renovationor remodeling to your home, especially if the ducts are not sealed off. Ductcleaning is needed if there was asbestos abatement, large dust, or lead paintremoval. This method is also required if there was animal infestation or nestinginside your ducts. Remove first the animals then clean both the ductwork andthe HVAC unit.

 

Mold growth is another problem that needs ductcleaning because ducts can release contaminants, debris, odors, or pet hairinto your home after the registers have been vacuumed or cleaned. If you'resuffering from an allergy-related illness, it would be better to consider ductcleaning as well as cleaning your HVAC unit to have a cleaner indoor air.

 

You should avoid fraud services online whenlooking for good HVAC companies on the internet, and once you found the companythat is to your liking, make sure that you: check certifications and standards,check references, get free estimates, get full-service cleaning, verify resultsof the cleaning, avoid sprays and sealants, avoid steam cleaning and avoid anygimmicks. Good thing, the team at Pugh Heating & Air Conditioning providesservice protection to their customers. Contact them for more details onalternative heating systems such as boilers, hot boilers and water heaters, andother information on their HVAC services.

 

 

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Used to be, Project Management wasstraightforward due to somewhat long-term stable economic and socialconditions. In the recent global economic meltdowns, no nation has escaped theeffects of the financial crises that continue to stall and even totally disruptnot just individual company operations but the entire economic health ofnations.

In spite of the situation, severalcountries, especially in Asia, have performed well, although the distributionof goods and services has not really served the majority of the populations, inspite of the media-created perception. Under these positive-looking prospects,businesses can thrive. With more dynamic and aggressive plans and newtechnologies, Project Managers can still provide meaningful and efficient assistanceto many old and new business ventures and avoid fraud.

What are some of the innovative Project Managementprinciples we need to consider under the present economic realities? And whatare the principles that no longer apply? It would be interesting to point outhow the global economic crisis has altered how Project Management has evolved.

Let us look at some principles:

1. Outsourcing of certain functions

BPO’s (Business Processing Offices)have become a boon for the modern entrepreneurs and corporations. Most anythingcan be outsourced now – from marketing, customer services, bills payment,accounting, training, programming and a host of other tasks. Aside from freeinga business from overhead costs for maintaining offices and personnel, BPOs alsofree management from so many man-hours of work which could be utilized to accomplishmore productive pursuits.

2. Harnessing new technology

We all know how the Internet hasrevolutionized our lives and how we do business. Managing a project must takeinto consideration how to use modern technology to create entirely new ideasand innovate on existing ways of doing things. Do we have any examples? 

The standing joke nowadays refersto such companies that have made billions doing business in fields where theydo not have any direct investments or involvement at all in their supposedbusinesses. Here are a few: Amazon Books – the largest bookstore that does nothave one real bookstore; Facebook – the largest social-media provider that doesnot have any media outfit; YouTube – the largest theater that does not own asingle movie house and Lazada  thelargest retailer that does not own a single store. Now, is anybody reallylaughing at these game-changing companies?

3.  Training people

Staff training can be expensive andtime consuming. Hiring the right kinds of people who have top-levelqualifications can fast-track a company’s growth to a certain extent. However,specialization requires a business to go specific or microscopic. Developingand marketing a real estate project requires knowing details, such as lotsizes, floor areas, loan-interest rates, monthly amortizations and so manyothers. Again, the traditional methods may no longer be as effective as thepresent use of high-tech equipment and social media tools. Knowing where tofocus and how much to invest on such tools requires experience and financialsavvy. In some cases, training may not be necessary as some tasks can alreadybe either outsourced or done electronically with minimal training required.

4. Job satisfaction

Everyone, whether the lowlyemployee or the company president, desires to achieve psychologicalsatisfaction from doing a job and doing it well. Although some people tend toslough off through their jobs on a daily basis without even considering whetherthey are happy with their jobs or not, the Project Manager’s task must involveproviding opportunities for workers to achieve a sense of fulfillment in doingtheir job.

Social relevance and personaladvocacy can be two of the criteria to be considered in any projectundertaking.  Allowing people to feelthey have a stake in the success of the business and the company allows them todevelop a more creative approach to their jobs. In the changing fortunes of thepresent era, there could not be a better reason or a better time to enhance therelevance and importance of a project not just for those who implement theproject but also for those who will benefit from it, whether the families ofworkers, the customers or the public, in general.

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10 tips for writing better ServiceLevel Agreements

1. Ensure all key terms areclearly defined eg SLA scope, customer and provider responsibilities,reporting, service expectations, performance indicators, escalation, remediesand penalties. Make sure you understand them. If you do not, or have queries –ask!

2. Include the option tochange the SLA in the future. Businessesand technology change rapidly. So if the SLA is to remain relevant, it willneed to be updated as required.

3. Include the provision forregular SLA reviews. Six-monthly would be ideal, but failing that - annually,to manage changing circumstances.

4. Make sure you have a‘get-out’ clause. It is important to be able to terminate the SLA under certainconditions eg exceptionally poor performance, major problems, significantchanges to services.

5. Includeperformance-monitoring criteria within the SLA. Plus, include automatic penaltycredits for non-compliance of performance. Better to build this into the SLAfrom the start, than negotiate each time it occurs.

6. Writing the SLA should be ajoint effort between customer user and IT staff and the service provider. Inputand agreement from all is required. One party should not dictate or force SLAterms on the others!

7. Allow sufficient time toprepare, negotiate and agree, a comprehensive and relevant SLA. The quality ofthe SLA is improved by not rushing and taking more time, whatever the projecttime pressures.

8. Look out for exceptionswithin the SLA. Ensure you understand them and their potential impact on theoverall SLA.

9. Look out for third partycomponents within the SLA. Ideally, one service provider would provide theentire service. However, there may be input or reliance from other thirdparties. So check who is responsible for what, and whether it is included orexcluded from the SLA.

10. Carefully review your SLA.Make sure it is easy to understand by all – even non-technical users. Does itcover everything? See our SLA Checklist. Does it meet your business and servicerequirements? Are you satisfied with it?

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