PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 August, 2009, 12:00am

Do not stifle your relationships

Maintaining good relationships with friends, family, partners and even classmates can be difficult and annoying. What is the key to building good relationships? I think it's all about balance.

Care about your relationships more, but don't overdo it. Help the people you love more, but don't let them rely on you completely.

If you try to keep people too close, the result is always the opposite of what you want. If you realise you're holding on to someone too tightly, back off a little.

Chan Tsun, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

The importance of ergonomics

Ergonomics is the science of the relationship between workers and their work.

It is concerned with the 'fit' between people and their workplace. It takes account of the worker's abilities and limitations, ensuring that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit the worker.

There are five aspects of ergonomics: safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity and aesthetics.

But basically the aim of ergonomics is to produce a safe, comfortable and happy environment that allows workers to be as productive as possible.

Unfortunately, because ergonomic products tend to be expensive, many Hong Kong companies do not use them. The government should do more to encourage ergonomic work environments.

It would lead to betterhealth for workers, which is important.

Ho Kin-sing, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Overcoming nerves and doing the job

When I am told I have to do something like give a talk, I feel very frustrated. I worry I won't be able to do a good job. But, at the same time, I cannot let the teachers down by saying no. I am often nervous about not being able to do well enough. But I push myself to do it because I know it has to be done. I am sure I am not the only person who feel like this. I have a lot of sympathy for those in my shoes.

Peter, Lok Sin Tong Ku Chiu Man Secondary School

Pull up your socks, Hong Kong teens

As a teenager who has been living in Hong Kong for more than 15 years, I think local youth are not leading the best lives they could be.

The most serious problem is local teenagers are too materialistic, and for many, material possessions are the only thing that matters in life. I don't think this is a good state for society to be in.

Even if we have a lot of things, our hearts will still be empty. It is also bad for the environment because we are always replacing old things with new things, producing a lot of waste.

Another problem is the behaviour of Hong Kong teenagers. They behave poorly towards their parents, teachers and friends. They refuse to admit their faults, but are quick to point out everybody else's.

Lastly, Hong Kong youth are too self-centered. They will not listen to advice. They only follow their own minds but often have bad judgment.

Hopefully, there is still time for them to improve.

Siu-leung, SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School