Few takers for flexi-work options, many unaware they exist: LTA poll

Few takers for flexi-work options, many unaware they exist: LTA poll

SINGAPORE - Half of 100 organisations polled by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said they offer flexible work options to help their staff avoid the morning rush hour. But fewer than one in 10 of their employees said they were aware of the schemes or had made use of them.

Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo, who revealed the findings on Monday, said the feedback was "disturbing" and urged bosses to do more to encourage staff to change their travel habits.

"Besides family commitments that cannot be changed in the short term, the biggest impediment appears to be employer-related."

Mrs Teo was speaking at a seminar during which companies share their plans to help commuters beat peak-hour morning congestion. It is part of the Government's pilot Travel Smart scheme to motivate staff to start their travel journeys earlier.

The scheme, which was launched last October, now has 12 companies committed to implementing flexi-work options such as staggering working hours, enabling employees to work remotely and even offering free breakfast to the early birds.

At Citi Singapore, it will soon be easier for employees to car-pool and share cabs with their colleagues, said human resources head Evangeline Chua.

The bank will also promote its shower and locker facilities for staff who choose alternative modes of transport such as cycling. On the Government's part, it started offering free and discounted train rides last month.

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