Tag Archives: Work Life Balance

WFH Employees Exploited By Longer Working Hours Due To Endless Zoom Meetings

It has been few months since the culture of WFH - work from home started. I hope if Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is not too busy with foreign workers, they can spare some time to look into some of the situations we are currently facing. It is becoming a norm I have to attend zoom meetings for 6 to 7 hours a day, leaving me with 3 to 4 hours to complete assigned tasks despite already working more than 10 hours a day.

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45% OF S’POREANS WANT MORE TIME TO SPEND WITH FAMILIES

According to a recent poll by Families for Life, more people derive happiness from spending time with their families. Conducted in July, the poll also ound out that 45% of Singaporeans would like to spend more quality time with their loved ones, with many citing long working hours and household chores as top reasons for not being able to do so.

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EXTRA 1 WEEK PATERNITY LEAVE MAY BECOME MANDATORY IN A FEW YEARS

According to Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, while the newly announced extra week of paternity leave will be implemented on a voluntary basis for now, the scheme may become mandatory in a few years. She says that the government would consult with employers and unions before legislating the move.

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SOME EMPLOYERS CONCERNED ABOUT GOVT PRO-FAMILY POLICIES

In Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech, he said that fathers will get two weeks of paternity leave, up from one week. The government would pay the employee's salary for this additional week, although the scheme will be rolled out first on a voluntary basis. While many parents, fathers especially, cheered the government's announcement, some employers have already begun to express concerns about such pro-family policies.

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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.

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NUS PROFESSOR: YOUNGSTERS, WORK HARD OR LOSE OUT TO CHINA

I am writing this note to you, my students who are graduating this year, as a final warning -- in case some of your also subscribe to this grand notion that there's more to life than work. Actually, it is indeed true that there is more to life than work. However, if you should step out into the working world thinking seeking this thing called work-life balance then I fear you might be setting yourself up for a perilous future.

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WORKING LONG HOURS NOT EQUAL TO PRODUCTIVITY

As workers are increasingly expected to be always responsive and on call, it will come as no surprise that the traditional 9am to 5pm working hours are no longer the most productive, as shown by the latest report commissioned by Regus, a global workspace provider.

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WHY WORKING MORE THAN 8 HRS A DAY CAN KILL YOU

If you’re accustomed to being the last one to leave the office, new research may offer you cause to rethink your routine. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that a combination of stress, raised blood pressure and unhealthy diets stemming from long working hours may be the cause of thousands of workers’ serious health problems. The study combined the results of different studies over the last 50 years and found that spending too long in the office resulted in a 40 to 80 percent greater chance of heart disease compared to an eight hour work day.

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