GOVT THINKTANK BLAMES SINKIES FOR BEING UNHAPPY WITH LACK OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE

According to government think tank Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), more than half (55%) of Singaporeans surveyed are unhappy that their work demands ate into their family time.

This is an increase from 47% last year in 2009.

The finding has surprised researchers from IPS, who expected a lower figure since businesses are offering more work-life harmony schemes such as flexi-time work arrangements.

IPS researcher Dr Mathew Mathews offered this explanation: “What is probably happening is that people’s aspirations for work-life harmony is increasing. I think the realisation is hitting more men… Perhaps this is because women too are expecting more from their partners. With that, more men are reporting this interference between work and family life.”

Of the Singaporean men surveyed, 58% reported dissatisfaction in 2013, compared to 44% in 2009.

The survey findings were shared last week by Dr Mathews, who compiled the data with National University of Singapore sociologist Paulin Straughan.

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