Flexible Work

Allow Flexible Work, Mental Health Experts Tell Employers

SINGAPORE – As more employees return to their office amidst the health crisis, a panel of mental health experts & business leaders are urging employers to establish flexible working arrangements to promote the mental wellness of their staff, reported The Straits Times on Thursday morning (14 January, SGT).

“Some people might be afraid or anxious about returning to work because of the risk of contracting the virus when travelling during peak hours,” said Associate Professor John Wong Chee Meng, a mental health expert at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore (NUS).

As such, managers should allow their workers to go to the office during off-peak hours, he said during a panel discussion on Wednesday that was moderated by William Wan, General Secretary of non-profit organisation (NGO) Singapore Kindness Movement.

“It’s a good time for all workplaces to consider how they may recalibrate work arrangements to provide better work-life balance for employees,” considering that many have been telecommuting for months during the COVID-19 pandemic, noted Wong.

Meanwhile, entrepreneur & professional speaker Wong Su-Yen believes that companies should consider how to best support their workers who are working remotely. He cited a poll conducted last August, which showed that most people in Singapore want to continue working from home. The survey was carried out by staff engagement & performance evaluation software provider, EngageRocket.

“It might require a shift in budget from real estate to support in other ways,” opined Wong, who added that businesses could provide ergonomic office equipment for their staff working from home, in addition to excellent internet connection.

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