SINGAPORE: In another initiative to push for more family-friendly workplaces, the labour movement's Women's Development Secretariat held its first Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA) conference and exhibition on Friday.
Representatives from multi-national companies (MNC) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) shared successes, as well as the challenges, in implementing flexible work arrangements.
Ms Cham Hui Fong, Assistant Secretary-General of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), said about 15 to 20 per cent of unionised companies are now having flexi-work arrangements.
NTUC's target is to hit 50 per cent by the end of 2015.
The event comes after the labour movement unit held its first job fair on March 8, aimed at recruiting and retaining women in the workplace.
One employee who has been on flexi-work arrangements for the last three years is 36-year-old Low Mei Lin.
The director at an MNC has two children, and works four days a week from home.
Ms Low, business functions director of Polycom Asia Pacific, said: "Flexible work has allowed me to change when and where I work. There's some anxiety when you approach your supervisor and ask for an arrangement that is outside of the norm.
"My supervisor was very supportive, he is a father of two himself and he benefits from flexible working as well, so it's not just for mothers."
Ms Cham said: "If you want flexi-work to be successful, you need the buy-in from not just the CEOs, but also the stakeholders, including the supervisors and the employees." - CNA/de
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