Bosses, give flexi-work a shot

Bosses, give flexi-work a shot

SINGAPORE - Employers here need to be more proactive in executing flexible work arrangements in their organisations to be able to see the benefits.

This is what human-resource experts whom My Paper spoke to said in response to the results of a recent survey conducted by the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

About half of the 100 organisations involved in the survey said they offer flexible-work options that allow their employees to travel during off-peak hours.

However, fewer than one in 10 employees said they were aware of such arrangements or allowed access to them. Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo revealed the findings during the inaugural Travel Smart Day Seminar yesterday.

Employees should speak up and ask their managers what policies are in place, said Randstad's country director for Singapore, Mr Michael Smith.

"If they indicate a desire to work flexi-hours, then it provides a 'kick-off' to the conversation, and they can explore the options together," he said.

Mr Erman Tan, president of the Singapore Human Resources Institute, said that while some companies offer flexi-work arrangements, they might not actively promote it because of the resources required. He pointed out that such arrangements can be especially difficult for food-and-beverage companies.

Mr Josh Goh, assistant director of corporate services at The GMP Group, said: "The top management should actively walk the walk and practise flexi-work options, so that employees will see the benefits and feel more comfortable adjusting their work arrangements."

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