Educating employees about flexi-work policies can help staff retention: Hawazi

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education and TriCom Chairman Hawazi Daipi (right) and Work-Life Star Award recipient Muhamad Hamim. -- PHOTO: TRICOM
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education and TriCom Chairman Hawazi Daipi (right) and Work-Life Star Award recipient Muhamad Hamim. -- PHOTO: TRICOM

SINGAPORE - Companies need to step up their efforts to educate employees on work-life balance policies as many are unaware about them.

A survey by recruitment consultancy firm Morgan McKinley found that 20 per cent of Singaporean workers are unfamiliar with the flexible work arrangement options their companies offer.

Citing this survey on Tuesday, Mr Hawazi Daipi, chairman of Tripartite Committee Work-Life Strategy, urged employers to do more to spread the word of flexi-work policies which is becoming an increasingly important factor in retaining staff.

"Employers who do not offer flexible work arrangements may find themselves falling behind in the race for talent," he told about 120 chief executives of local and multi-national corporations at a breakfast dialogue held at Grand Park Hotel City Hall.

Mr Hawazi, who is also Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education, said employers facing difficulties in rolling out flexi-work policies can tap on the WorkPro Work-Life Grant.

"Employers can engage work-life consultants to provide customised solutions and help them pilot flexible work arrangements in their companies," he said.