One in four Singapore workers adopts 'lucky' habits for career success: Survey

Office workers at the Marina Bay Financial Centre heading out during lunchtime. Company bosses have long incorporated fortune-beckoning feng shui elements in their offices. Now, a new survey has found that their employees may be equally superstitious
Office workers at the Marina Bay Financial Centre heading out during lunchtime. Company bosses have long incorporated fortune-beckoning feng shui elements in their offices. Now, a new survey has found that their employees may be equally superstitious. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Company bosses have long incorporated fortune-beckoning feng shui elements in their offices. Now, a new survey has found that their employees may be equally superstitious.

More than a quarter of Singapore workers adopt "auspicious" habits to bring them luck at work, according to a poll by jobs portal JobsCentral.

These include using a religious item or lucky charm, wearing office outfits in "prosperous" colours, and even avoiding work on Friday the 13th.

The quirky survey, released on Monday ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday later this week, polled 3,568 workers across the island and found that 28 per cent follow practices to help boost their career success.

Of these, about half carry or display a religious item, while four in 10 keep a personal charm, JobsCentral said.

A third of those polled avoid displaying an item associated with bad luck, while a quarter wear clothes of a "prosperous" colour to work or deliberaly sit facing a particular direction.

One respondent said: "I would not work on the thirteenth of Friday of any month", while another confessed to keeping mirrors away from his or her desk "to prevent work duplication".

The survey also found that men were more likely to have auspicious habits, as were more senior employees.

About 29 per cent of male workers admitted to such practices, compared with 27 per cent of women.

Managers and directors were the most superstitious, with some 33 per cent adopting lucky habits. This compared with 29 per cent of professionals and executives, 24 per cent and associate professionals and technicians, and 28 per cent of clerical or service staff.

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