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New study reveals most Singapore companies still have 100% office work policy

SINGAPORE: A recent study by Reeracoen Singapore revealed that despite growing global trends towards flexible working arrangements, most companies in Singapore are sticking to traditional office-based work policies.

According to the study, more than half of Singapore companies maintain a 100% office-based work policy, with only 7% offering fully flexible or remote work options.

The data suggests that while some companies are adopting new work models, a significant proportion remain hesitant.

The study indicates that 37% of Singapore companies have implemented hybrid work arrangements, a model that combines in-person and remote work.

However, this still leaves a considerable gap compared to the push for greater flexibility in the global workforce.

The study also highlighted another concern regarding awareness of upcoming legislation: 28% of businesses are unaware of the Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL), which is due to be implemented in the second half of 2024.

This legislation is designed to encourage fair and meritocratic employment practices while protecting employees from discrimination in the workplace based on protected characteristics, such as age, gender, race, religion, or disability.

For 72% of WFL-aware businesses, there are signs of proactive measures to comply with upcoming legislation and promote workplace equity.

These companies have adopted various strategies to combat discrimination in hiring and employment practices.

Approaches include strict adherence to tripartite guidelines, creating anti-discrimination policies, anonymously vetting resumes, and conducting structured interviews focused on skills and qualifications rather than personal characteristics.

The Ministry of Manpower has encouraged all companies to familiarize themselves with the new legislation and take the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

Industry experts believe that raising awareness and promoting best practices is essential to creating a fair and equitable workplace in Singapore.

As the WFL implementation date approaches, businesses are expected to play a crucial role in shaping a work environment that is inclusive and free of discrimination.

However, the study results suggest that more efforts are needed to raise awareness and encourage companies to adopt more flexible and fair labor policies.