flexibility

Launched on 6 August 2021, the model is still in the works for roll-out in Singapore in line with local considerations, such as the return-to-workplace situation, a spokesperson shared with HRO. 

On 6 August 2021, 3M launched its Work Your Way model, which includes flexible, on-site, hybrid and remote work options that gives individuals the flexibility to work when and where they work best. 

Sharing an overview of this model with Human Resources Online, a spokesperson for the firm said that the model may be implemented differently depending on the legal and regulatory requirements in each country, and does not override local labour laws that define specific hours of work and/or specific rest breaks.

"In Singapore, our local implementation team is working with our Human Resources and Legal teams to roll-out this new model in line with local considerations, such as labour laws and regulations, and the COVID-19 and return-to-workplace situation."

About Work Your Way

The spokesperson noted that this new model "is a major expansion of 3M’s flexible work model since 2015, reflecting lessons learned from pandemic remote work and employee feedback.

"The past year changed how we work and we have certainly learned a lot. We offered remote work where possible to non-production employees and adopted robust safety protocols in our plants, distribution centres and other sites. According to an EY survey of over 16,000 employees globally, the vast majority valued flexibility in where and when they work. (87% valued flexibility in where they work, while 88% valued flexibility in when they work)."

Founded on trust, the model builds on a virtual-first mindset, and prioritises an employee’s contributions and results, not where they work. "With Work Your Way, flexibility is the standard – not the exception.

"Innovation, collaboration and integrity drives our success – no matter where or how we work. We believe a more flexible way of working will help us drive growth, recruit and retain the best people. It will help us create stronger connections, better serve customers and advance our culture."

Currently, Work Your Way applies only to non-production employees. The spokesperson added: "3M continues to seek ways to build more flexibility into production roles. We’re grateful to our employees, especially the 50,000 people who work in our plants and distribution centers to make and ensure delivery of our critical products. Over time we will also redesign working spaces to be more flexible and collaborative."


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