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'Few workers make use of flexible hours'

Fear of giving negative impression a reason parents don't do so: Survey

Published on Jul 21, 2014 7:52 AM
Ms Serene Lee, 34, with her daughter Chloe, four. A recent survey found that although staggered start and end times were the top-ranked benefit among working mums with young children, less than a quarter used the scheme. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

When relationship manager Serene Lee gets off work at 5.30pm, it is a mad rush to meet her husband, buy dinner and pick their daughter up from childcare.

By the time dinner is over and the family has settled down, she has only about an hour to spend with four-year-old Chloe.

"It would be nice if the work day ended a little earlier, because the extra half hour or one hour can make a lot of difference at home," said Ms Lee, 34, whose husband is a civil servant. "We could pick our daughter (up) earlier, and the pace would be less stressful. In the evening, we could spend more time with her."

While working parents with young children like Ms Lee deem flexible hours or staggered start and end times beneficial, few of them enjoy this perk, a survey found earlier this year.

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