Job sharing can increase employee productivity and reduce hiring costs but most companies here may have no idea how to work out such an arrangement, in which two or more people share the responsibilities of one full-time job. To help them understand how to use job sharing to offer staff more flexibility, the Manpower Ministry (MOM) and Singapore National Employers Federation (Snef) have introduced an implementation guide. Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower Low Yen Ling said at the launch of the guide yesterday that besides being a boon for young parents, flexi-work arrangements (FWAs) like job sharing can also benefit millennials who value work-life balance, and older employees who choose to work at a lower intensity. Only 2 per cent of companies here are offering job-sharing opportunities, but Ms Low said it is growing in popularity in countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia. Ms Low, who announced the job-sharing guide during a visit to the offices of professional … [Read more...] about Guide to help firms offer job sharing to employees
Flexible jobs for moms that pay well
By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Thu., May 9, 2019 In the small — but fun! — subset of mothers who like to toss around socio-economic data, there’s a graph that has been making the rounds over the past few months that sends panic through the crowd every time it pops up. It shows mothers’ earnings dropping off a cliff when they have children, and never fully recovering. And it’s in Denmark of all places, where policy makers are supposed to know how to fix all socio-economic problems. In Canada, there’s a shortage of conclusive analysis, but all the signs point in the same direction: the cost to mothers of having those little bundles of joy is significant, and it compounds over time. Obviously, when a mother gives birth, her wages sink like a stone because she usually takes maternity leave. By definition, wages are much lower. More importantly, what happens when she goes back to work? Initial research in Canada suggests … [Read more...] about How can we fix the motherhood-penalty problem?