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What’s on my desk? Fiona Li, HR leader at Apec Group

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Fiona Li, director of talent management and organisational development at Apec Group, takes us through her workspace essentials and her holy grail routine, including a humidifier, K-pop boy band Super Junior calendar and endless floral storage tins.

Describe your typical workday.
A typical day at the office starts at 9am and ends at 6pm. I spend the first hour scrolling through emails while having breakfast. Seventy per cent of my day consists of interviewing candidates. I will use the rest of my time to talk to various department heads to understand their expectations on candidates and discuss potential employees’ career development.

Tips on how to have a high-energy workday.
Coffee! Predictable as it is, this is the first thing I do when I come to the office. Lately, I have adopted a new habit to my holy grail morning routine. It’s rather personal. When I wake up, I put on a face mask. The coolness instantly wakes me up, not mentioning it de-puffs my face. Another great thing about this mask is that it is designed to be applied only for one minute.

What are your favourite items on your desk?

My dog collection. I am an owner of a 16-year-old Shih Tzu. Seeing these LEGO dogs reminds me of it and lifts up my mood. Whenever I am stressed and overworked, I will look at them and then I will feel better. And yes – that is a Super Junior calendar. I also set them as my desktop wallpaper.

What is your career goal in 2019?
I hope to be a certified mediator this year. Working in the human resources sector, conflicts with colleagues or seniors evolve from time to time. The skills I learn from the courses can help me not to prevent conflicts, but to properly de-escalate heated arguments.

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