Introduction

Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) are an increasingly important part of inclusive workplaces and it can be beneficial to employers and employees when implemented in a manner that suits both employees’ and organizational needs. FWAs is also a key component in talent attraction and retention strategies and can support business continuity when work exigencies arise.

The Tripartite Guidelines on Flexible Work Arrangement Request (TG-FWAR) sets out on how employees should request FWAs and use them and, how employers and supervisors should handle FWA requests. These Guidelines set the minimum requirements that all employers be required to abide by and recommend other good practices for employers to consider in relation to formal FWA requests.

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will refer to this set of Guidelines in supporting the adoption of FWAs and handling cases related to FWAs.

These Guidelines will come into effect on 1 December 2024

Course Details: 

Objectives

• The impact of Flexible Work Arrangements can impact their employee aspirations, morale, and productivity.

 

• The flexibility in how employers can embrace this concept of work, finding solutions to accommodate employees’ expectations as well as ensuring the business objectives are unaffected and enhanced because of good trust relations and a process that allows for transparency and fairness. The benefits of getting the right FWAs working in the company.

 

• For the Employers “How to respond to all these requests amicably and productively to achieve a win-win strategy.

 

• Explore the recommendations of Flexi Time, Flexi Place and Flexi Load and how these can be applied to different segments of employees based on their work roles, and contact time with customers, and explore variations to achieve FWAs.

Outline

1. To help Employers and HR respond to the guidelines of FWAR by Dec 1, 2024. The set up of a formal process and procedure to handle such requests by Dec 2024.

 

2. Review the various options of Flexi time, Flexi Place, and Flexi load. What does it mean? How to apply to certain segments of the employees, e.g., the office routine staff, the blue-collar employees, employees working on projects, and tasks driven.

 

3. The development of an FWA policy and processes to streamline all requests, pilot team, short and long-term requests, etc.

 

4. Provision of Enablers like equipment and tools working in Flexi places, review options of Job sharing, early start shift,

 

5. Addressing Employer's issues like nature of business; working @ site, Employee performance and productivity, implementation and compliance, and assessment of FWA request.

 

6. Managing stakeholders (customers, suppliers, HR, Middle and senior management) and their expectations. Reviewing some of the challenges of implementing FWAs.

Methodology

To introduce the role of TAFEP in the FWAs and how it can assist employers and employees in achieving a strategy to provide suitable FWA options for employees and achieve business objectives.

• Review some applicable industry examples.

• Interactive exercises and discussions

• Case studies and reviewing FWA options.

 

Who should attend

HR Managers, HR Directors, Dept Managers and Senior Corporate Executives with responsibility for implementing Flexible Work Arrangements.

 

Benefits of Attending This Course

• Ability to respond to employees' requests when the guidelines come into effect.

• Learn and explore the various options on how to implement the FWAs on Flexi Time, Flexi Place and Flexi Load.

• Development of a consistent FWA policy in place to ensure the scheme is designed with sustainability in mind.

Trainer

Adrian_Wong

Adrian Wong has more than 25 years of experience as a Senior Regional HR Professional with many years of experience in diverse industries especially manufacturing, food and beverage, FMCG, Supply Chain, freight and logistics, consultancy and Information, education, financial ratings and research sectors.

Adrian has worked as the Corporate HR Director, Asia Pacific for McGraw Hill Companies, Vice-President HR for EGL Asia Pacific Holdings Company Pte Ltd, Vice-President HR International Division for Japfa International Pte Ltd, Regional HR and Quality Director, Exel Way & QSHE Director for MSAS/Exel/DHL, Personnel Manager for Motorola Electronics and General Motors.

He covers more than 12 countries in Asia Pacific from India to Japan, China and down south to New Zealand. He led HR teams in different countries reporting to him and covered the full spectrum of HR activities: talent acquisition, total rewards, training and development including change management, HR Operations and benefits for the region. His experience covers a number of Mergers and Acquisitions, takeovers, HR workforce restructuring, corporate social responsibility, HR Outsourcing, Employee communications, Industrial and Union negotiation, etc. His training experience includes Corporate Internal Trainer for Management Leadership Programs, leadership programs for First Line managers, Business Development programs, leadership transition programs.

While he was with the Supply Chain Industry, he has responsibility over Quality, Safety and Environment covering Asia pacific countries and directs ISO Quality certification programs, 1800 safety management and 1400 Environment programs for the group. He also developed the leadership management program jointly with NUS Business Management School for young leaders and covered the Exel Way launch for Asia.

Adrian is a certified DISC and DDI facilitator and was also a part time lecturer for an Australian University for its Bachelor and Masters programs (International Human Resource Management Modules) and a local Institute for its Human Resource Management, Training & Development and Strategic Management programs.

Adrian possesses a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Arts in Human Development. He also possesses Diplomas in Management Consultancy, Marketing, Industrial Management, Human Resource, Quality and Production Engineering.

Adrian has successfully completed the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). He is currently one of the trainers for HRSINGAPORE's HR Certification Courses.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Date

• 27 August 2024  (Face-to-Face) - New

Duration / Venue

• One day

• 9 am to 5:30 pm

• Hotel seminar room

Certification

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

 

Cost

• S$ 566.80 w/GST (S$520.00) for Community/Corporate

• S$ 599.50 w/GST (S$550.00) for Non-Subscriber

Funding

Grants/Subsidies/SkillsFuture Credit are not applicable.

Refreshment

• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Lunch will be provided

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