With hybrid working arrangements likely to continue, the Public Service Division is planning to launch a network of shared co-working spaces that will be open to all public officers who are unable to work from home.
In a written reply to a Parliamentary Question, Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Education and Minister-in-charge of the Public Service, recently responded to the following questions by Member of Parliament Dr Tan Wu Meng:
- what alternative work venue arrangements exist to support public officers who do not have suitable venues at home for work-from-home (WFH); and
- what proportion of otherwise WFH-eligible staff have taken up these alternatives in the past one year.
According to Minister Chan, officers who find their home environments unsuitable for work may seek approval to return to the workplace while adhering to prevailing Safe Management Measures, such as staggered working hours and safe distancing.
He added: "We do not track the proportion of staff who have taken up alternative work venue arrangements."
Further, with hybrid working arrangements likely to continue, the Public Service Division plans to launch a network of geographically distributed shared co-working spaces located in existing public agency-owned spaces, open to all public officers. "These spaces will be close to officers’ homes, and provide alternative venues for officers to work and collaborate as One Public Service.
"Officers who find their home environments unsuitable for work may utilise these spaces when they are ready," Minister Chan concluded.
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