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Introducing 'flexi' work arrangements can be tricky, say experts

Firms must harness IT, build trust, have robust appraisal system

Published on Jul 22, 2014 9:17 AM
 
Office workers in the Central Business District. Bosses are keen to make changes at the workplace to help their staff better manage work and personal demands but introducing such flexi-time arrangements can be tricky, say experts. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Bosses are keen to make changes at the workplace to help their staff better manage work and personal demands but introducing such flexi-time arrangements can be tricky, say experts.

A company has to harness technology, build a culture of trust and set up a robust system of assessing workers' performance that does not penalise those on flexi-work, they add.

A recent survey commissioned by The Straits Times and work-life integration advocacy group Employer Alliance showed that some companies could use a tip or two on how to make the system work for them.

The survey conducted by Degree Census Consultancy was detailed in a Straits Times report last Saturday.

 
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Over 80%

Bosses who support initiatives that would help their staff better manage their work and personal or family demands

65%

Those who are concerned about running the business efficiently while addressing their staff's work-life needs

56%

Those who worry about whether employees on a flexi-work arrangement are really getting the job done

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