Companies have flexi-work but employees say they have no access: Survey

MRT commuters at Raffles Place station on June 24 2013, the first morning of the trial for free MRT train rides. Close to half of the 100 organisations surveyed by the Land Transport Authority said that they offer flexible work options so that their
MRT commuters at Raffles Place station on June 24 2013, the first morning of the trial for free MRT train rides. Close to half of the 100 organisations surveyed by the Land Transport Authority said that they offer flexible work options so that their employees can travel during the off-peak hours. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Close to half of the 100 organisations surveyed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said that they offer flexible work options so that their employees can travel during the off-peak hours.

But fewer than one in 10 employees of these companies said they were aware of such schemes or were allowed access to them. Minister of State for Transport, Josephine Teo who revealed these findings on Monday said that more can be done to give employees more options.

She was speaking at the inaugural Travel Smart Day seminar, which aims to help companies come up with measures to help change the travel patterns of their employees. The travel smart programme was launched in October last year with seven companies. There are now 12 companies committed to putting in place flexible work arrangements.

Citing a survey of public servants that was done last year, Mrs Teo said 35 per cent of respondents indicated that they would like to change their current work timings, with 7 per cent saying that they were willing to start work before 7.45am.