School holiday time-off

School holiday time-off

ENGINEER Loke Lai Yee loves it when the school holidays come around.

The mother of two gets to knock off from work half a day earlier every Friday to spend time with her family.

Madam Loke, 33, joined Rockwell Automation Singapore about 2½ years ago, largely because of the flexibility it offers mothers.

Since 2008, the American company has allowed all employees in its Singapore office to knock off at 4.30pm every Friday.

And during the school holidays, parents can leave at 12.30pm on Fridays.

The company's human resource manager Dennis Ng said its Family Friendly Friday (FFF) was implemented to promote "better morale and work-family life integration".

Employees can make up for their shorter Fridays by putting in longer hours over the other days of the week, he said.

The industrial automation giant is just one of the growing number of companies which offer family-friendly initiatives.

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