Smart work centres to be established in public libraries and community centres

Soon, there will be a couple more alternative venues to work from besides the home: public libraries and community centres.

The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) on Thursday announced a call for proposal to establish Smart Work Centres (SWCs) to be located near homes or at community spaces such as libraries and community centres.

These include the Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library, Toa Payoh Public Library, Kampong Ubi Community Centre and Kolam Ayer Community Club.

Centres, which can be rented, will be furnished with office equipment such as printers and scanners, and are targeted at workers whose homes are less conducive for work.

These venues can also be operated alongside other types of businesses such as childcare centres and cafes, according to an IDA document. The regulatory agency said it will also co-fund the initial investment, although it would not specify the amount.

The call for proposals is part of the government's move towards encouraging employers to adopt flexible working arrangements through the use of infocomm technology. The deadline for the submission of proposals is June 21.