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Why we fail at grading workers, in BT Weekend


PERFORMANCE appraisal - two words that fill most working people with a sense of dread. In Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend, we look at all the things that are wrong with our current systems of grading and ranking employees. And we find out what two companies that have ditched the "standard" appraisal system are doing instead.

When you shop for toiletries or medicines in a supermarket, GSK keeps a close eye to find out how and why you made those purchases. Brian McNamara, CEO for consumer healthcare, explains why data and analytics are a huge play for the pharmaceutical group, in The Raffles Conversation.

With both the US dollar and gold up in recent weeks, a dilemma has emerged for investors accustomed to the relationship trade - long US dollar, short gold. Is it time to take the cash, backing the continued rise in the US dollar and carry a short trade in gold? Chart View examines the technicals.

CFA Singapore Insights, meanwhile, offers a framework on how to evaluate companies in the education sector.

This week in Cubicle Files, we look at what is the key to workplace happiness in Scandinavia, and why Asian countries should not try to emulate it blindly, but to tailor it for the region.

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In The Finish Line, our columnist looks back at attending and covering all five editions of the WTA Finals tennis championships in Singapore.

Its most advanced features, such as autonomous driving, are still on the horizon, but the Audi A8 L 3.0 luxury limousine has plenty for passengers to be pleased about in the now. In The Steering Column.

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