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Getting Employment-ready

For Employees

Considering Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs)

Introduction

As you move towards a different life stage, your values and priorities will change. You may want to continue working, yet the demands of full-time employment may no longer appeal to you. However, this does not imply that you have to leave the workforce.

Being able to work flexibility will allow you to scale back your work commitments, while still keeping your foot in the professional world.

Discuss with your employers and find out how they can support you through various FWAs. If you are having a hard time deciding which programme works best for you, start off by recognising the various commitments in your life. Does it require mornings off? Do you have to end work early to fetch your grandchild from school? Compare these needs against what the organisation can offer. Some organisations only adopt certain FWAs that aligns best with their organisational goals and business operations.

Forms of Flexible Work Arrangements

Here are some more common forms of flexible work arrangements (FWAs) you can consider requesting to better manage your needs:

Part-time Work

Part-time work is common amongst older workers who wish to grow professionally but still want time for personal commitments. Employees work less than 35 hours in a week, including those who work less than a full day all week or only some days per week. Despite working fewer hours, you will still be of great value to organisations as long as you contributing meaningfully.

Job Sharing

Job sharing is an FWA where two or more employees are allowed to share the responsibilities of one full-time position. They usually work at different times during the day/week or alternate weeks, and may also overlap for proper handover to maintain work continuity. You may divide the work by function, geography, time or workload, etc. depending on the arrangement.

Job-sharing gives you the equivalent of one full-time employee while giving the job-sharing employees the ability to keep their careers on track while they have more time to meet their family responsibilities or other activities. Click here for more information on job sharing.

Phased Retirement

Phased or gradual retirement can include anything from cutting back on your work hours or work days (part-time work), to working for your company on a contract basis. This scheme is beneficial if you are nearing retirement and would like to have a more seamless transition into the next stage of life. Through phased retirement, you are able to contribute meaningfully to the organisation and earn a steady income at a comfortable pace.

Telecommuting

Telecommuting is a growing trend in the information age. A flexi-place arrangement in which the job is performed at a location other than the workplace using information and communication technologies, telecommuting offers you benefits such as increased productivity due to fewer distractions. Depending on the nature of your job, consider having a conversation with your supervisor on the option of working from home.

For a more extensive list of flexible work arrangements, visit Work-Life Works! here.

Resources

Work-Life Works!

Learn more about the various flexible work arrangements that organisations may offer.

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Tripartite Standards - Flexible Work Arrangements

The Tripartite Standards define verifiable and actionable practices that employers are committed to and implement at workplace. Find out which organisations have adopted the Tripartite Standards on Flexible Work Arrangements.

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