Minister Tan was requested to respond to a query on the progress of measures to support work-life harmony in organisations.
Singapore's Minister for Manpower Dr Tan See Leng was called upon to respond to a Parliamentary query on whether the Ministry tracks how many companies have established boundaries on after-hours work communication between supervisors and staff, and the steps forward.
To this question, Dr Tan provided a written answer, stating that as of a 2021 survey by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), around 1,900 companies in Singapore had established an after-hours communication policy, and these comprised private sector companies each with at least 25 employees.
Further, since the launch of the Alliance for Action on Work-Life Harmony after-hours work communication policy template in 2021, he stated over 700 company representatives have attended the Singapore National Employers Federation’s workshops and briefings, which enable HR professionals to implement the after-hours work communication policy.
“Establishing and communicating an after-hours work communication policy is already one of the ways for employers to fulfil the requirements under the Tripartite Standard for Work-Life Harmony,” Minister Tan added.
These initiatives play into existing support schemes such as enhanced leave benefits and health & wellbeing initiatives, which may be included in companies' Work-Life Harmony Policy.
The Minister affirmed that MOM will continue to work alongside the Tripartite Partners to encourage adopting the after-hours work communication policy and other employee support measures.
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