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PM avoids e-mail after midnight, takes time off twice a year

Published on Sep 28, 2012 6:00 AM
PM Lee inside his office at the Istana. It is much more difficult to maintain a work-life balance now compared to the past, he says. He tries to maintain a balance by taking twice-yearly breaks of seven to 10 days and by trying not to answer e-mail after midnight unless something urgent is going on. -- ST PHOTO: STEPHANIE YEOW

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tries not to answer e-mail after midnight and takes time off twice a year to unwind. These are some things he does to manage his work-life balance, he revealed.

But it is much more difficult now to maintain that balance compared to the past, he admitted, in response to a question on whether work-life balance is achievable.

"We all feel the pressures, we all feel the responsibility of trying to do our best," he said.

There has also been a "significant change" over one generation, and it is now a norm to work late into the night. People, hesaid, are more likely to say: "Everybody else is still working in the office, is it okay for me to go home?"

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