International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

A New Mix – Learning In and From Workplaces in Singapore Today
Renée Tan

Workplaces in Singapore today are often marked by a mix of diverse workers – some native, some new to the country and of different generations and gender, all striving to achieve personal career goals. This article lays bare the changing face of these workplaces, and analyses how workers view, adapt to and learn in them. Through the workplace narratives that form the core of the article, we also delve into how, as a society, Singapore can learn from such workplace scenarios. The two narratives are drawn from workplace landscapes with enough variance to allow for different aspects of impact to be examined. The creative fictionalisation of worker stories, gleaned from interviews of workers and observations within different industries, allows readers to immediately recognise and identify with the very real contexts. Narrative Inquiry then powerfully enables reflection on the impact of the disruptive new mix, analysis of the reactions to and hence, learning from the lessons evoked by the narratives.

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