Workplaces in Singapore are evolving with time. Gone are the days of individual cubicles, punching in time cards when you enter and leave, and being scrutinised for taking emergency leave.
If your parent is a professional, manager, executive or technician (PMET) looking to rejoin the workforce after an extended period of unemployment, help them prepare for today’s workplaces with these tips.
The Rules Have Changed
The concept of flexible work (flexi-work) is gaining popularity, with the Government announcing a new scheme in October 2017 that encourages companies to allow employees to choose their start and end times in the office. The latest “Conditions of Employment” report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) also showed that the proportion of employers who offered compassionate leave increased from 85.1 percent in 2008 to 92 percent in 2016.
With studies showing long working hours adding to the stress levels of Singaporean employees recently, it may come as a relief to your parents if you share with them how some companies are relaxing traditionally strict rules like these. At their age, your parents could also benefit from avoiding the stress of an early morning.
Flexi-work is Mainstream Now
The number of companies in Singapore offering ad-hoc flexi-work opportunities rose from 70 percent in 2015 to 77 percent in 2016, according to the same MOM report. Among these arrangements, part-time work remained the most popular one, with 35 percent of organisations allowing their employees this option.
Remote working is another flexi-work option that allows employees to work from pretty much anywhere with an internet connection — physical presence in an office is not always required. Contract-based work, on the other hand, allows for employment on a project-by-project basis. In some cases, such as in Workforce Singapore’s (WSG) Work Trial programme, employers may even provide a paid short-term work trial to help your parent gain experience on the job.
Flexi-work could help your parents explore working arrangements that suit their state of health and financial commitments. Job portals such as WSG’s job portal for example, allow filtering by keywords and by employment type such as part-time, full-time, flexi-work and others, if you would like to view only jobs that advertise these arrangements.
- Ministry of Manpower report, 2001 — https://www.mom.gov.sg/~/media/mom/documents/employment-practices/flexible-work-arrangements.pdf
- Ministry of Manpower report, 21 November 2016 — http://stats.mom.gov.sg/Pages/Conditions-Of-Employment-2016.aspx
- HumanResourcesOnline.net, 15 May 2015 — http://www.humanresourcesonline.net/long-working-hours-arent-translating-productivity/
- Morgan McKinley, 23 June 2016 — https://www.morganmckinley.com.sg/article/press-release-singapore-s-work-life-balance-improving-increased-flexibility-having-positive
- Page Personnel, 13 January 2017 — https://www.pagepersonnel.com.sg/advice/market-insights/employment-market-updates/2017-asia-salary-employment-outlook-contract-employment