You may be working in an organisation that provides some of these flexible work arrangements (FWAs) to help employees fulfill their work and family responsibilities:


Flexible work Arrangement
Part-time WorkRefers to a work arrangement in which the employee works fewer hours or days per week.
Job sharingRefers to an arrangement whether the duties and responsibilities of one job are shared between 2 or more people.
Flexi-time e.g. Flexi start/end timesRefers to work schedules that allow full-time employees to choose their start and end times, within limits set by management. Employees typically still work the same number of hours per day or week.
Compressed Work SchedulesRefers to work schedules that involve working longer hours per workday over fewer days. Some examples of compressed schedule in a typical 44-hour week include:
• 4 workdays of 11 hours each, over 1 week or
• 3 work days of 12 hours each and 1 workday of 8 hours, over 1 week.
Flexi-place e.g. TelecommutingRefers to work arrangement that allows employees to carry out (all or part of) their work at a location away from the conventional office e.g. in the employee’s home or public areas like McDonalds.

Find out from your HR Department if such programmes are available.


To decide which FWA suits you, you might wish to think through the following issues:


• Is my job and personality suitable for using FWAs, i.e. does my work need me to be physically in office? Am I disciplined enough to telecommute?


• How will my FWA affect my colleagues, workflow and productivity?


• Is it possible to work out an arrangement with my boss and do a pilot test?


• What are the adjustments that could be made to improve the existing arrangement?


What if your company does not have any formal FWAs in place?


In that case, you may wish to discuss your work-life needs with your HR representative or supervisor. However, before approaching your employer, you should know what you need, and are confident that such arrangement will not affect your work performance.


Explain your difficulties, suggest options and explain how the arrangement will lead to a win-win situation for both you and your employer. This will make it easier for your employer to help you.


~ Extracted from “Live iT!” by National Family Council and Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports

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