HR in the News | April 2022

Katie Ash

Apr 20, 2022

Here's a round-up of the top HR new stories, updates and insights from the past month in Singapore.

🔸 Singapore workers see less discrimination at workplace, job search

Singaporeans and permanent residents in the labour force reported less discrimination both at the workplace and during the job search compared with 2018.

The proportion of resident employees who cited workplace discrimination fell from 24 per cent in 2018, when the survey was last conducted, to 8 per cent last year, according to a survey by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The proportion of those who reported discrimination during their job search fell from 43 per cent to 25 per cent.

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🔸 Fairness at workplace, caregiver support among recommendations in White Paper on women's issues

Several recommendations including enshrining fairness at the workplace, support for caregivers, as well as strengthening protection for victims of sexual offences and family violence will be part of a White Paper on women's issues that will be presented soon.

The White Paper was first set forth by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the closing session of Conversations on Singapore Women's Development in September last year, where he outlined three broad areas in which Government policies and programmes can help level the playing field for women.

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🔸 50% of employees in Singapore will receive a bonus in 2022.

Results of Randstad’s Salary & Bonus Expectation survey show one in two respondents in Singapore said that they will be receiving a bonus in 2022 and at least 80% have a salary increment in 2022. Out of the respondents who said that they will be receiving a year-end bonus, 65% said that they are satisfied enough to stay with the company for the next 6 months.

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🔸 9 in 10 employees want more flexibility in their jobs: survey

Employees are changing their approach toward work amidst an increasing level of work stress. Nine in 10 employees in Singapore want more flexibility in their jobs as they feel their levels of stress and burnout increasing amidst the pandemic, Randstad’s  H2 2021 Workmonitor survey showed.

According to the survey, seven in 10 employees aged 18 to 44 were more stressed in their jobs during the pandemic, while 48% of those aged 55 to 67 felt the same.

Due to the stress that they have been experiencing, about three in five employees have started to reassess their work-life balance.

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🔸 How to build a safe and harassment-free workplace

There has been a spate of workplace harassment incidents reported in the media in recent times. This has opened the space for greater dialogue on this important issue, including what can be done to build safe and harassment-free workplaces.

Based on the workplace harassment reports that TAFEP has investigated into in the past two years, more can be done upstream within companies.

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🔸 92% of SMEs see setback in digital transformation plans amidst great resignation

About 92% of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have had setbacks in their digital transformation plans amidst work volatility in the country, data from a SAP study showed.

This raises red flags, as 85% of local SMEs also deem digital transformation as critical to their survival in the next 12 months and it was also ranked as the top priority for SMEs (41%).

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🔸 Around 4 in 5 Singaporean adults burnt out due to pandemic stress

About 82% of working adults in Singapore said they were burnt out in 2021 caused by the pandemic stress situation, according to online travel portal Expedia's 2022 Vacation Deprivation Study.

source: 2022 Expedia Vacation Deprivation Study


n terms of employees feeling burnt out, Singapore scored the highest amongst 16 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

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🔸 Singapore’s female employees want flexibility at work

About 54% of women in the city state want flexibility at work, but fear the stigma that comes with it, revealed a new LinkedIn survey.

The survey also showed that 72% of women said they would find it helpful if their employers gave them the option to work remotely every day.

About 62% of women said that they have either left a job or considered leaving one because their employers do not offer flexible working policies.

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🔸 Women are less respected than men in the workplace, says 1 in 4 employees

One in four employees in Singapore believes that women are treated with less respect and experience more harassment than men in the workplace, a study by Indeed found.

The inequality between men and women goes beyond this, with fewer women (34%) agreeing that both sexes are given equal opportunities in the workplace, compared to men (49%).

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🔸 10 ways to boost employee morale remotely that companies are not doing

This massive shift to remote work came with benefits such as increased flexibility, no commute, and a lower risk of contracting COVID-19. Many employers also agreed that working remotely has its benefits as the workforce becomes more skilled with digital tools.

However, the lack of in-person social interactions has led to lower employee morale. This creates a “push” factor for them to search for new job opportunities.

A strong focus on employee engagement, such as taking active steps to boost remote team morale and well-being can help minimise some of these workforce issues.

credit: randstad

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🔸 The ups and downs of work-life balance in Singapore

65% of Singaporean respondents reported feeling more stressed since the pandemic and have expressed a desire to make some changes to achieve better overall work-life balance. After all, Singapore is one of the most overworked cities in the world.

Randstad released the results of their H2 2021 Workmonitor survey in Singapore. The bi-annual survey highlights the workforce’s latest sentiments and perceptions of the local job market.

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