Third of Singaporean workers believe a four-day workweek will be the norm

In Singapore, nearly a third of workers (32%) believe a four-day workweek will be the norm in the next five years, according to the People at Work survey conducted by leading payroll and HR solution provider ADP.

When asked about the common workplace practices within five years, Singaporean workers expressed a preference for flexible working arrangements (FWA).

Apart from the four-day workweek, the other two top trends are a hybrid working model (34%) and full flexibility over hours based on productivity and results metrics (32%).

The four-day workweek is not just wishful thinking – 21% of Singapore workers surveyed say their employers already offer this to promote positive mental health at work.

This is the highest percentage in the APAC region among countries like Australia (11%), China (14%) and India (20%).

Meanwhile, nearly seven in 10 (67%) Singapore workers say they have some or complete flexibility over their working arrangements.

Yvonne Teo, Vice President of HR APAC at ADP, says, “The four-day work week is gaining popularity for its potential benefits like improved work-life balance, increased productivity and reduced burnout.”

“Flexibility is not a perk but a foundational expectation. Our research shows Singapore employees value flexibility as the third most important factor to them in a job, after salary and job security. Employers today must offer FWA to attract and retain talent,” she said.

While workers do currently have flexibility over their working arrangements, they still feel more could be accorded.

Less than half of Singapore workers are satisfied with their flexibility of hours (46%) or location (47%) — the lowest in the APAC region.

Yvonne adds, “More can be done in creating flexible work arrangements. By understanding the specific concerns and preferences of their employees through open dialogue, employers can then provide tailored solutions to accommodate their diverse needs and preferences.”

“Striking a balance that considers both the company’s needs and the well-being of its workforce is crucial to fostering a more positive and inclusive work environment.”

“Employees who desire flexible work arrangements should be proactive and have open conversations with managers to work out the best solutions,” she said.

“Flexible work arrangements can benefit everyone, whether employee or employer. But effective implementation and communication are key to their success,” Yvonne concludes.

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