The Benefits of Flexible Work Life Arrangement on Parenting

There are more people seeking a greater balance for family life...

By Focus on the Family Singapore | 19 August, 2019

A version of this article was published in LIANHE WANBAO.

Focus on the Family Singapore was featured in Lianhe Wanbao for work-life excellence on 15 July 2019. Here's a short excerpt that we've translated from the full article:

“There are more people seeking a greater balance for family life, so more organisations are adopting flexible working arrangements to employees’ different needs.

Currently, the most common flexible working arrangements are telecommuting and flexible working hours, giving employees the freedom to decide when, where and how to work, thus achieving greater harmony.

After Adelene Chan (31 years old, communications manager) had her first child 4 years ago, she didn’t want to “outsource” childcare, so she chose to be a stay at home mother to care for her daughter.

She said, “Parents are important to their children’s development, and I didn’t want to make the difficult choice between work and home.” After a couple of years and with her husband’s encouragement, she decided to return to the workforce. At first, she was worried about finding a job that would allow her to continue to care for her young child.

However, at an interview with Focus on the Family Singapore, a strange sight greeted her, leading her to join the organisation.

She recalled, “To me, interviews are always serious matters. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it either. The head of communications interviewed me with her baby in the carrier! I realised that the organisation doesn’t only talk about helping families thrive, it walks the talk. This empowers employees – especially young mothers – to achieve greater harmony between work and family.”

In 2018, Adelene was pregnant with her second child and planned to leave her job. After discussing with her boss and HR manager, she was persuaded to stay, converting to part-time work to further achieve work-life balance in the new phase of life.

Today, she works 2.5 days a week, spending 1.5 days working from home. The organisation also lets her bring her 11-month-old son to the office, even setting up a mobile cot next to her seat so she can work and care for her child easily. Her colleagues enjoy caring for the little one, cultivating a relaxed and cheery atmosphere in the office.”

 


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