Flexible work arrangements can help companies attract and retain employees

Office workers crossing Maxwell Road in the central business district (CBD) area on Aug 10, 2011. Put in place flexible work arrangements in order to remain competitive in the tight labour market, employers were told on Monday at the Work-Life Confer
Office workers crossing Maxwell Road in the central business district (CBD) area on Aug 10, 2011. Put in place flexible work arrangements in order to remain competitive in the tight labour market, employers were told on Monday at the Work-Life Conference. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Put in place flexible work arrangements in order to remain competitive in the tight labour market, employers were told on Monday at the Work-Life Conference.

Over 450 company heads, human resource practitioners, and union leaders attended the event at the Concorde Hotel, where best practices in work-life integration, such as home-based work, were discussed.

"As the next generation workforce starts to enter the labour force, employers who do not pay attention to work-life harmony and flexible work arrangements will find themselves at the losing end in this global war for talent," said Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health Amy Khor in her opening address.

The biennial conference was organised by the Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy. The Employer Alliance and The Straits Times will also be commissioning a survey on perceptions and sentiments on work-life harmony in Singapore.

The results of the survey will be released next year.