SINGAPORE: Parliament saw more calls for flexi—work arrangements on Wednesday to allow Singaporeans to have more quality time with their families.
While some suggested legislating flexi—work, others asked for an independent commission to look into work—life balance practices for women and a more family—friendly Singapore.
Member of Parliament for Punggol East, Lee Li Lian, said: "The setting up of this commission will signal a commitment to look into the complex issue of work—life balance, taking into consideration the needs of not just businesses but the larger society.
"The objective of this commission would be to lead public discussions on family—friendly work practices, develop research and promote global best practices to enhance work—life balance and to develop pro—family business practices, resources to help businesses shift to a more pro—family environment. It is simply because the issues are complex so we should dedicate sufficient time and resources to look into solutions in depth for the long term and not go for the one—size—fits—all approach."
Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC, Irene Ng, also said: "Flexi—work can also help to ease congestion on our public transport and roads. I support the call by honourable member Janil Puthucheary yesterday, for free travel on public transport, before peak hours.
"However, for a deep cultural shift, this move needs to be accompanied with flexi—work. If workers go to work at 7.30am, they should be able to leave work by 3.30pm. Otherwise it would just mean longer work hours, and not necessarily in a productive way."
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