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Companies offer perks for staff who watch the clock

Some bosses doing more to get staff to finish work and leave early

Published on Apr 18, 2014 6:56 AM

It pays to leave work early at property valuation firm GSK Global. Those who finish their tasks with few errors by 7pm every day are rewarded with pay rises, bonuses and more days off.

And they get fewer days off and little or no bonuses when they are inefficient.

"I get upset if I see employees staying in the office after 7pm," said boss Eric Tan, 47. "It shows that they are either inefficient or are not focused."

Unfortunately, there are not enough firms here that pay close attention to long working hours, said human resource analysts, employers and workers.

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Bosses feel a constant pressure to chase targets and don't spend enough time thinking about work processes. They need to take a step back and relook the way their staff work.

- Singapore Human Resources Institute president Erman Tan. HR experts say that while it is heartening that some firms are coming up with new strategies to cut down on work hours, most bosses are not as progressive.