Mistakes to  Avoid when downsizing

4 Major Mistakes

Downsizing is an art that not many knows how and what to do. The bad thing is when done wrongly, it will make the situation even more grim than before but on the bright side, it does not happen often.

So when it ever happens and you are in the management position handles the restructuring. This article will help you navigate through some of the obstacles you may face. Avoiding these costly mistakes can ensure the survivability of the company and hence ensuring you, your employees and the company remains competitive and motivated to ride through the storm together.


Assuming Management Knows How to Manage Through a Downsizing


Not Treating the Departing Employees with Dignity and Respect


Reducing Communication to the Surviving Population


Eliminating Severance and Outplacement


Things to take note of

Assuming Management Knows How to Manage Through a Downsizing

Delivering the message

What typically happens during a layoff including common emotions and reactions. These factors may impact the surviving workforce which is the most crucial to you at this moment in time as you have lesser people possibility doing more work than before. Companies should use this as a training opportunity, providing managers training on how to deliver an effective notification meeting.

Not Treating the Departing Employees with Dignity and Respect

Gracefulness and Graciousness 

We repeatedly hear the horror stories of layoffs occurring via email or the simple lack of respect shown to those who are let go. People in positions of authority are called into an office, told they no longer have a job and escorted by security or HR to remove their personal items and monitored to protect against vandalism or theft.
Morale can plummet if you don’t treat the employee with respect and dignity that they deserve after working long and hard for you and the company.

Go out of your way to demonstrate that you care about the employees being laid off by creating the best possible exit program you can. This will make this entire process much less painful and easier for all concerned. Also, your remaining employees are watching and assessing how you handle this matter. If you do it with great care and concern, they know you will be kind to them as well.

Reducing Communication to the Surviving Population

Communication is KEY

Many times managers will decrease their visibility and communication simply because it’s easier than dealing with emotions or because they don’t have the answers to employee questions. While the employees who survive layoffs may feel fortunate to still have a job, they also feel demoralized. They are filled with anxiety and fear that they may be next and feel guilt for surviving the layoff. All of this is followed by feelings of cynicism, suspicion, and reduced allegiance you, the manager, and the organization.
The time after a layoff requires more communication, even if it is the simplest statement, “I don’t know” or “I will update you.” Allow employees to express their concerns and reassure them with communication to increase loyalty, and enhance trust. Employees must feel at ease in order to focus on the job at hand than to spend their time worrying about things that is beyond them or even you. Such distraction often leads to them to perform slower or worse to look for other opportunities 

Eliminating Severance and Outplacement

Look long term and not the short term savings

Law mandates that employees affected by large layoffs receive some type of assistance from their employers, typically severance and continued health benefits. However, many employers should do more than what is required by law because they recognize the value of “compassionate outplacement.” Providing additional benefits such as a Career Transition program can help organizations avoid long-term hidden costs of layoffs including a tarnished reputation, diminished customer loyalty and potential legal action, all of which can outweigh the usual cost-savings predicated from a layoff

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What to eat around Iskandar Puteri

Thinking of what to eat around Iskandar Puteri? Fred not, we have you covered! There are numerous restaurants around the area, enough for you to try an entire month without going back to the same restaurant (not unless you want to). Be prepared for a mouth watering journey, here we go…


Lemon Tree

A very popular shop at Eco Botanic which serves western food. Be prepared to wait for tables during lunch and dinner time as their food is tasty and affordable! They are a western – chinese fusion restaurant so they also have other dishes such as fried rice for those who prefer more carbohydrates.

No.11, Jalan Eko Botani 3/4, 79100 Iskandar Puteri , Johor

Lemon Tree

Western – Chinese fusion

Kang Bee Hong

Local brand chain restaurant famous for their chicken and roast meat. They also serve other delicious dishes such as curry noodles, claypot, etc. Be sure to try out their crispy and freshly made Portuguese egg tart as well!

46 Jalan Eko Botani, Nusajaya 79100, Johor, Malaysia

Kang Bee Hong

Chinese cuisine 

Mana Cafe

Mana Cafe is a muslim store which serves a wide variety of dishes from Roti Canai to Pineapple Fried Rice and seafoods. Set up is basic which includes an indoor airconditioned area as well as an outdoor sheltered area for those who prefer fresh air. Their pricing is affordable and they are opened 24/7!

Ground Floor, Somerset, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Mana Cafe

Muslim Restuarant

Les Bouchons

Looking for a place to hold team lunch, celebrate birthday or simply just want to pamper yourself? Look no further, there is one right beside you! Les Bouchon serves quality food with excellent service and great ambiance. Everyone needs to be pampered once in awhile. 

Lot R-GL1, Menara Teega Jalan Lebuh Laksamana, Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri 79250 Malaysia

Les Bouchons Puteri Harbour

French Restaurant 

The Marco Polo Kitchen

Decorated with rustic, red brick walls and bright lighting, this restaurant specializes in fusion cuisine between Italian and Asian cultures featuring delicacies of the two faraway inspirations in one place. With food options stretching from breakfast burgers and waffles to French toast and omelets as well as wings, pizzas and pastas, we are sure you will be spoilt for choices. The beverages are also varied, ranging from coffee to soft drinks and tea as well as mocktails for the adventurous.

35, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor.

The Marco Polo Kitchen

Italian – Asian fusion

Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant

Serving up authentic Korean barbecue, the Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant sees lots of customers on a daily basis.
The outlet itself is very well furnished, with specialized barbecue tables with an indent in the middle to house the barbecue unit, where guests can cook ingredients of their choice to perfection. The barbecue here is fueled by charcoal, and gives the food an authentic, smoky flavor. All in all a very well balanced barbecue venue with good pricing and a very broad menu, the Daorae Korean BBQ is a place you should definitely try the next time you are in town.

79,79A,81A, Jalan Indah 15/2, Taman Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor.

Daorae Korean BBQ Restaurant

Korean BBQ


Located just 5-10mins drive from Teega Tower, is this unique fish soup noodle shop. Unlike typical fish soup, they have cheese, pumpkin, kimchi soup base and more! Exotic flavors for the adventurous, watercress soup for the more health conscious ones or the good old fish head soup, their menu will get you spoilt for choices. Oh, did I mention that you can also choose from a variety of fish types or even add pork belly meat and more! 

No 34, Jalan Eko Botani 3/6, Taman Eko Botani, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

IKAR @ Eco Botanic

Fish Soup

Kuu Kopitiam

Located at Puteri Cove, beside Straits of Johor, is the small cosy Kuu Kopitiam which serve some local delights such as Nasi Lemak, Curry Chicken and more. They also serves desserts and coffee, a perfect place for an afternoon tea break. 

GF-09, Ground Floor, Puteri Cove Quayside PTD 166945/TR2-2, Persiaran Tanjung, Lebuh Laksamana, Puteri Harbour, 79000 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

Kuu Kopitiam (Puteri Cove)

Local Chinese Cusinie

The Tribus

Looking for a place to chill after work or want to bond with your colleagues over a beer? Look no further as we have a Pub & Bistro right beside Teega Tower. With comfortable seatings and ambient, Tribus also serves full course meals and affordable lunch meals. Time to time, they will come out with seasonal dishes and lunch promotions. Be sure to check them out in your next chillax session!

Jalan Laksamana 2, 79100 Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia

The Tribus @ Puteri Harbour

Pub & Bistro

Shun Fa Bak Kut Teh Eco Botanic

Shun Fa’s ambience is more comfortable than your average Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Johor Bahru!

From their menu, you can choose add-ons based on your preference with delicious side dishes like claypot Sesame Oil Chicken, vegetable, and be sure to try their dry Bak Kut Teh as well!

55, Jalan Eko Botani 3/5, Taman Eko Botani, 79100 Gelang Patah, Johor, Malaysia

Shun Fa Bak Kut Teh Eco Botanic

Chinese restaurant (Bak Kut Teh)


Things to note during Covid

Many people have returned or are going back to work. While it is critical for businesses to start going back to normalcy, it is also important not to overlook the safety and precautionary measures you need to take note of in order to keep the virus in check.  

It is not just the employers or the owners role to ensure things are in place but everyone else. You have a part to play in order to curb the spread.

Taking the information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we would like to share how you can protect yourself and others in the workplace.

“Micro view of coronavirus”

Stay home when needed



Monitor your health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Wear a mask

  • Wear a mask in public settings where staying 6 feet apart (about two arms length) is not possible. Interacting without wearing a mask increases your risk of getting infected.
  • Wearing a mask does not replace the need to practice social distancing.





Social distance in shared spaces

  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others. COVID-19 spreads easier between people who are within 6 feet of each other.
    • Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at increased risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with certain medical conditions.
    • Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces where it might be harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.
  • Avoid close contact with others on your commute to work, if possible. Consider biking, walking, driving either alone or with other members of your household. Learn how to protect yourself when using transportation to commute to work.

Wash your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water over hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.




Cover your coughs and sneezes

  • Remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues into no-touch trash cans and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.




Avoid sharing objects and equipment

  • Avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If you cannot avoid using someone else’s workstation, clean and disinfect before and after use.





Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water before disinfection.
  • To disinfect, use theseEPA-registered disinfectantsexternal icon.




Returning to work after quarantine or isolation




Protect Your Health This Flu Season

Essential workers: protect yourself from flu this fall and winter with a flu vaccine. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, it can protect you from becoming sick with flu and needing medical care. Flu is another serious respiratory illness that can cause missed work, hospitalizations, and, in some cases, even death. The combination of flu and COVID-19 could overwhelm healthcare settings.

We urge everyone to do their part and stay safe during this period!


Company Restructuring

Restructuring of the company usually sounds like the company is in a bad shape but more often than not, it means the opposite. It highlights that the company is aware and detected deficiency and hence decided on making the change. While most of the time it was done to reduce expenses, it can also be due to the change in company direction, clients need have evolved and other reasons.

Spotting the trend

Reduce your load and burden, be asset light. This allows for swift implementation of processes and flexibility in the ever changing world. Instead of renting a fixed space for your office or warehouse, explore flexible work space. This reduces your monthly rental obligations as well as improves your cashflow as you do not need to spend too much on renovation and equipping the office. It also allows you to move around from place to place easily as the commitment is lesser. 

Embrace Technology

There are many ways to track the performance and work of your employees no matter where they are. Using platform such as Bitrix24, Monday.com, they allow you to monitor the work and at the same time improves communication between the different counterparts. This then allows you to hire the right people across different city, states or even country because certain job scope can be done without needing you to be physically present at the office. 

Seek Opinion

Consulting the expert is important, however, it is also very important to communicate the need for change to the employees and seek their opinion as well. You will be surprise some bright ideas can be developed from their feedbacks. At the end of the day, they will be the ones affected the most and you will want them to accept this change and strive with the company. Make them feel that they contributed and have a stake in this restructuring and it will reward you much more than you can imagine.

Set, Move, Adjust, Repeat

Once decided, move on to the implementation. Be on the lookout for feedbacks and ways to improve the structure and adjust accordingly. It will take time for the people to adapt to this change and it will be an ongoing process. Implement the changes in phases and repeat this fine tuning.


Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance has increasing become an important factor among workers when looking out for a job. This is partially due to the dominating presence of millennials in the workforce. While remuneration, benefits and career progression are still important, work-life balance cannot be overlooked.

Employers have been putting in a tremendous effort trying to determine the best way to appeal to millennial workers. With the millennial generation of workers projected to take up  75% of the workforce by 2025 , many leaders think it’s time to redefine what work-life balance looks like.



Millennials and Work-Life Balance


Many employers add an element of fun to their office space by having cozy meeting space, or even go an extra mile to add games and entertainment room. However, many millennials report that they don’t care for these types of perks. Instead, they are more interested in finding a career path that will support their “lifestyle”, which in this context means their life outside of work. 

While many thought that making the workplace more fun is what the millennials are looking for, but what they really want is a place that is productive. Millennials do not appreciate staying in the office from 9-5pm just because they have to and adding fun and entertainment space to the office do not help much.

For an employer, promoting work-life balance can seem a daunting challenge. How can a company promote a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally, without sacrificing employee productivity?

Creating a Flexible and Happy Work Environment for All

While employers can look to studies about what work-life balance means to millennials to gain some insight, it’s important to remember that work-life balance will always mean something a little different to everyone. This is where flexibility and workplace happiness comes into play.

Creating a  flexible work environment  is one of the best ways to satisfy the work-life balance needs of most employees. A flexible work environment has been shown to decrease stress, boost levels of job satisfaction and help employees maintain healthier habits. Employers should offer flexible work hours, the ability to work from home and unlimited PTO to create a more flexible work environment that appeals across generations of workers.

It’s important for employers to realize that work-life balance is about more than just hours. Besides promoting flexibility, employers should also strive to improve the overall workplace experience for their employees. Prioritizing a healthy culture and cultivating a happy workplace environment promotes work-life balance. When employees are happy in their roles, work will feel more like a second home, and less like working for a paycheck. Employers should prioritize competitive compensation, comfortable office conditions, opportunities for professional growth and opportunities for  social connections .

Productivity Beyond Hours

It’s important for employers to realize that work-life balance is about more than just hours. Besides promoting flexibility, employers should also strive to improve the overall workplace experience for their employees. Prioritizing a healthy culture and  cultivating a happy workplace environment promotes work-life balance. When employees are happy in their roles, work will feel more like a second home, and less like working for a paycheck. Employers should prioritize competitive compensation, comfortable office conditions, opportunities for professional growth and opportunities for  social connections.

Attitudes on work-life balance will continue to evolve with cultural, generational and economic changes. Flexible leaders can update or reinvent their workplace culture to try something new if employees report poor work-life balance. While maximizing employee productivity will always remain a constant goal, ensuring employees have the time they desire away from the office and enjoy their time spent in the office is the best way to retain talented employees and make them lifers, regardless of perceived generational differences.




A lot of companies find it hard to attract young talents. Youngster are ultra-connected as they were born with digital technology. They represent profiles with high added value in the ever digitising world.


These talents are often difficult to attract because they want to work differently and have different professional expectations from their elders. It’s a challenge for companies that are embarking on a race to recruit these young talents. They look beyond remunerations and focus more intangible benefits.


So what are they looking for?

While their parents changed companies twice at most in their careers, young talents do not have the same ambitions. According to a study on Millennials and recruitment conducted by Corner Job, 47% of young people tend to leave their companies after 3 to 5 years, 30% after one year and 23% after only 6 months. They do not want to stay in a company if they are not motivated and if the company does not meet their expectations. Companies have understood that they must offer values and a strong spirit of collaboration. They also place emphasis on the culture of the company, work environment, flexibility and freedom.


The balance

They are also very sensitive to the balance between professional and personal life. For them, this represents a source of well-being. In order to be able to achieve this balance, they want flexible working hours. So they will turn more to companies that can offer a more flexible working environment.

A flexible work environment also requires a flexible workplace. Young talent want the opportunity to work where they want without having to go to the office every day. They are looking for flexible companies that implement new ways of working such as home-office, flex-office or coworking. Companies must adapt by allowing young talent to choose where they work.


Case Study (Google)

At Google, the increase in the power of collaborative work has forced organizations to review their management as well. They have moved from a vertical organization to a more horizontal one, for example, employees are entitled to Pareto’s law. 80% of their time must be allocated to main activities and the 20% must be used to build collaborative business projects. It is from these 20% that Google’s main successes were born: Chrome and Maps.

Each company, at their level, can develop this kind of practice that encourages collaboration and innovation. In addition, this opportunity to work on entrepreneurial projects is particularly appealing to young talent. This is a good way to attract them to your organization.

Young talents are very attentive to the living conditions and the culture and values of the company. They will more naturally move towards a company that shares the same values as them.

Once recruitment is completed, companies must also work on building loyalty and this requires an integration process. Integrating an employee means ensuring that he or she finds his or her place in the environment. If he does not find his place, he will of course tend to want to leave the company. Building employee loyalty means developing their motivation and commitment to the company.

Renovating your Dream Office Space

After a long search and negotiating for your dream office space, you finally are handed the keys to your new office. But wait, it is empty. Renovation is one of the most crucial part of setting up your office space as it is literally your second home as you and your coworkers are likely to spend around 8hrs a day here. It has to be somewhere that sparks creativity, increase productivity and most importantly, makes you feel comfortable. 

Typical Office Renovation Timeline

Typical Office Renovation period takes about 3-4 months from seeking office design proposals to completion. At times, it may take up to 6 months if it is during major holiday period, or if you have complex IT/security requirements. We strongly encourage you set aside good enough buffer time while waiting for the completion of the new office so that your company will not be stranded.

Start with Clearly Set Goals

While the designers can work on the details and designs, you will first have in mind what you want the office to look and feels like. Industrial, Modern, Classy, Biophilic or just a basic office? Knowing what you want will definitely speed things up. Also, no one knows better what do you need in an office. How many desks? Manager or Directors room? A huge meeting room, or an open work desk concept, and with these on hand, the designer can optimise the space you have and gives you what you truly need and wants. 

Budgeting for your Office Renovation

Renovation cost varies largely due to requirements and design. However as a rule of thumb, a basic set up will cost around RM40psf and a standard set up will cost around RM80psf while a premium set up can cost around RM120psf. These estimates will include most of the cost of renovation as well as furniture. However it does not include IT, Security and AV systems.

Trending Solution

If you are like many others out there who thinks that the lead time and investment cost is something you want to avoid, then a good solution would be to look for serviced office or coworking spaces. They usually provide partial and/or fully furnished offices which are in move-in condition which will cut the waiting time. Although their rental will definitely be higher, as it is furnished, you are not required to come out lump sum investment but instead pay over the period of the lease.

Serviced Office and Coworking spaces will also have more facilitates than what you would have done for your own company as they are serving a bigger crowd. Example such as an elaborate pantry area, games room, nap room, event spaces and more! 


Covid, the best innovator in the 21st century


The world is ever changing, and new technologies are developed almost on a daily basis. However, there are still a lot people and businesses who have not adopt and/or embrace innovation and technologies.

Covid19 simply speed up this process and made a lot of businesses realised that things can be done better, easier and even more scale-able with the help of technology.

Working from home is not a norm in many places and although there are limitations, there are definitely a lot of benefits as well. Many have cited the flexibility and convenience working from home with time and money saved from travelling to and from work. However, distractions from home remains the top issues many have faced. 

Covid19 have also proved everyone that you can still collaborate with your teammates without the need to be physically there. Meetings can be done remotely reducing many unnecessary traveling and scheduling.

Although we strongly believe that offices and work spaces are still necessary and remains relevant in the future to come, we felt that the approach by businesses moving forward will be very different. 

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