The Work-Life Grant (which is part of the WorkPro programme) is intended to encourage employers to introduce and sustain Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) and other work-life programmes at the workplace. It aims to encourage employers to better support their employees in managing both work and personal commitments in order to achieve greater work-life harmony. It offers employers the benefits of improved employee attraction and retention, better employee engagement and productivity, and lower business costs.
The Work-Life Grant has two components:
a) A Development Grant of up to $40,000 per organisation aimed at helping employers defray the costs of introducing FWAs and other work-life programmes; and
b) A Flexible Work Arrangement Incentive of up to $120,000 per organisation (disbursed in 3 tranches of up to $40,000 per tranche over 3 years) to motivate employers who have implemented flexible work arrangements to support more of their employees on such arrangements. This will help to foster work-life friendly working cultures for the long term and working habits supportive of work-life harmony in workplaces.
For both components of the Work-Life Grant, the types of flexible work arrangements recognised can be broadly classified under a) flexi-time, b) flexi-place or c) part-time. Employees deemed to be using flexible work arrangements for the purpose of this grant must be working on a regular basis (i.e. not ad-hoc or casual employment).
Organisations, including companies, societies and non-profit organisations (NPOs) such as charities and voluntary welfare organisations can apply for either or both components of the Work-Life Grant.
The 3 broad categories of flexible work arrangements, namely flexi-time, flexi-place and part-time, cover most, if not all, of the flexible work arrangements offered by employers and utilised by employees in Singapore. For example, staggered hours is a type of flexi-time arrangement, while job sharing can be categorised under part-time arrangement.
This is to ensure a good spread in the provision and use of different forms of flexible work arrangements to cater to the varying needs of individual employees.
If you are an employer who needs more information or assistance in introducing work-life strategies at your workplace, you can visit the Employer Alliance website at www.employeralliance.sg. Alternatively, you can call (65) 6837 8631 or email email@example.com.