Monday, April 05, 2004

Flexible work comes with costs 

Just like Singapore, Britain has tried to make the workplace more family-friendly.

Recently, the British government introduced new rules which allow parents with a child under six to ask employers for a change in working hours, day or location of work, provided they have been with the employer for six months.

According to a BBC report, the rules are not working out quite as some had hoped. A poll by Maternity Alliance found that found that while 68% of parents who asked had their request accepted, 25% were turned down.

Some parents had to accept a cut in salary or job status in order to secure some flexibility in their work.

Food for thought for those hoping for more flexible work arrangements to be introduced in Singapore.


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