If you’re still struggling to convince your boss about the business benefits of work-life balance, you may have some help coming your way at the end of this year.
In November, companies in Singapore will receive guidelines on how to better incorporate work-life balance practices in the office. The recommendations provided by the Ministry of Manpower, are aimed to “enlighten employers and employees about the benefits of work-life”.
Speaking in Parliament, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Hawazi Daipi said: “It is not just to improve the quality of life or workers, but also to improve the companies and organisations.”
“Because if they are able to attract and retain the workers that they want, I am sure that their productivity will also improve,” he said.
There will also be a week-long Work-Life Campaign in November to raise awareness as well as encourage both employers and employees to adopt more flexi-work practices.
Hawazi also shared there has been a steady increase of companies offering at least one form of flexible working; in 2007, only 25% of companies did so, but that percentage has risen to 41% in 2012.
“Does more need to be done to promote work-life? Yes, indeed. However, all the tripartite partners are working very hard together to promote it not just among companies but also among workers,” he said.