SINGAPORE – As working from home becomes more common, employers and employees alike have a role to play for flexible working arrangements.
Employees should use these arrangements responsibly, including being accountable for work deliverables and remaining reachable and responsive while working from home, while employers should clearly communicate their expectations in advance and handle assessments fairly based on results of work rather than face-to-face time, said the minister of state. for Manpower Gan Siow Huang in Parliament on Wednesday January 12.
Ms Gan was responding to a question from Ms Yeo Wan Ling (Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC) on helping to assess and measure the work of people working at home versus work in the office.
His comments come a day after the ministry said on Tuesday it would not rush to legislate work-from-home arrangements, although they will become a more common option.
On Wednesday, Ms. Gan noted that the tripartite partners are providing resources on how employers and human resources supervisors can implement flexible working arrangements in a fair, sustainable and efficient manner.
Ms Gan also recognized that flexible working arrangements, such as working from home, can help caregivers manage their role at home while contributing economically.
The government supports caregivers in a number of ways, such as subsidized care services and subsidies, encouraging the widespread adoption of flexible work arrangements among employers and measures to help all Singaporeans, including caregivers, to set up. sufficient savings for retirement, she said.
Ms. Gan was responding to questions from Ms. Yeo and Ms. Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar RCMP) on helping women and caregivers return to the workforce.
For example, all families with Singaporean children enrolled in a daycare licensed by the Early Childhood Development Agency receive a Universal Basic Grant, while eligible families receive additional means-tested grants.
Eligible Singaporeans can receive grants of up to 80 percent for non-residential elderly care services, such as day care and day rehabilitation, among other financial support programs.
She noted that the employment rate of full-time women in Singapore has increased over the decade to reach 65 percent, but that a low proportion of women are still unable to participate partially or fully in the workforce. labor force due to caregiving responsibilities.
She said that in 2020, 15% of women residing here aged 25 to 64 cited family responsibilities as the main reason for their absence from the workforce, while 6% were working part-time due to family commitments or personal.
In response to questions from Ms. Tin Pei Ling (MacPherson) and Ms. Cheryl Chan (East Coast GRC) on the representation of women in different industries, Ms. Gan noted that the share of women among professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMET) has increased here during the Decades 2010-2020, from 41.1% to 45.6%.
She added, “We are seeing more and more women join growing industries such as information and communications, financial services, and health and social services.
In total, women make up 52.8% of the workforce in these three sectors, she said.
The share of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs, although lower, also fell from 29.9% in 2015 to 32.4% in 2020.
She said: “We will continue to work with our tripartite partners and community stakeholders to support the participation of women in the labor market and help them enter and stay in the occupations of their choice, including in emerging sectors. “