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Flexible Work Arrangements: How to Build a Case for Work-Life Balance
By Retire by 50  •  April 24, 2024
In a pivotal move aimed at enhancing work-life balance and boosting workplace productivity, Singapore has announced the institutionalisation of Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) as a permanent fixture in the employment landscape. Announced by the Ministry of Manpower, in collaboration with the National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers Federation, these guidelines are designed to offer employees greater flexibility while ensuring operational effectiveness. From 1 Dec 2024 onwards, all employers in Singapore must fairly consider formal requests from employees for flexible work arrangements (FWAs). Employers have to reply to the request within two months of the date the request was made, and they are encouraged to discuss alternative arrangements if the one sought is not feasible. Under the new policy, employers are encouraged to adopt FWAs, which include options such as telecommuting, flexible hours, and job-sharing. The initiative not only targets improved employee satisfaction and retention but also positions Singapore as a forward-thinking player in...
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By Retire by 50 is a personal blog about my journey to retirement by the age of 50. At 31, I am a typical white-collar Singaporean who works regular hours in a job while looking for other opportunities to make more money during non-office hours. This blog will discuss the hits-and-misses encountered during my journey to free myself from the corporate rat race. Will I get there by 2033? Stay tuned.

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