Singapore’s border and health control measures are updated in response to the evolving global COVID-19 situation. All done! A pre-departure test he had taken on 24 November was negative for COVID-19 infection, and his test on 6 December during SHN came back negative too. This work ethic has been around for decades in Singapore so one hard and fast rule will not work.”. Employers should continue to keep this as the default arrangement unless employees have a demonstrable need to return to the workplace, such as to use specialised equipment, said Education Minister Lawrence Wong in a virtual multi-ministry press conference on Thursday (Aug 6). For the rest of weekdays, last meetings of the day are scheduled to start at 5pm so that they can end by 6pm. Tan, 52, said the need to be ever-present at work and virtual meetings over Zoom quickly took a toll on him. As working from home continues to be the default mode of working for many, labour MP (Radin Mas) Melvin Yong proposed in Parliament on Oct 6 that the Government consider incorporating aspects of “right to disconnect” legislation in an upcoming advisory on mental health of workers. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has shut down three workplaces that made staff go back to working on-site unnecessarily when their work could have been completed from home. This is especially needed at a time when workaholism is perpetuated due to employees’ fear of losing their jobs amid the current economic situation, she said. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. Working from home does not equate to not working, but it does cause people to work differently. Since September 28, more employees in Singapore have been allowed to return to the workplace, although safe-management protocols must be in place and employers are encouraged to implement measures such as flexible working hours and staggered reporting times. No. Working Remotely from Singapore due to COVID-19. ... to keep everyone in Singapore safe from COVID-19. Anyone in Singapore who requires a coronavirus test will be able to get one from an approved provider from Dec. 1 as the country seeks to resume more economic and social activities. 198402868E. SINGAPORE – Employers must allow their staff to work from home as far as possible or risk facing penalties, said the multi-ministry task force handling the coronavirus outbreak. "We'd still like to see as far as possible a high degree of people working from home," Mr Wong said. The task force is still reviewing the work-from-home arrangement and may modify the rules, with feedback from employers. While she worked late nights previously, working until 4am only became commonplace after she began working from home. But a log-in is still required for our PDFs. She said she would often start work at 9am the next day despite staying up till 4am. And as some experts warn against upsetting the work-life balance — which remains the holy grail for many — one Member of Parliament (MP) has recently called for a law to guarantee that an employee’s personal time is safeguarded. In Hong Kong, all work related injuries must be covered by an employees’ compensation insurance. They can read the article in full after signing up for a free account. Her bosses also thought that work could be delivered within tight timelines as everything was done digitally. But things are more manageable now, after he sought to establish clear boundaries between work time and personal time. Singapore News -Months of working from home lead to calls for adopting flexi-work as standard practice.. ... Telecommuting amid Covid-19 pandemic paves way for new workplace culture. Travellers planning to enter Singapore must comply with the prevailing border control measures and public health requirements, a summary of the … For all (new and existing) Work Permit, Training Work Permit and S Pass holders entering Singapore from 1 January 2021, you must buy medical insurance with a coverage of at least $10,000 for their medical expenses if they develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive within 14 days of arrival in Singapore. All the cases are imported and asymptomatic, and they had already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. “With the work phone, they can actually detach (themselves) from needing to check on the phone (outside) of working hours, as compared (to) using their own phones,” she said. This article is now fully available for you, Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full. These websites will help you find remote work. Many people have been working tirelessly for the past two months. “It’s so easy to set up meetings on Zoom so there were suddenly more meetings than ever before,” he said. With “homeworking” taking root amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many employees in Singapore find themselves being pushed to the limits, as the boundaries between work and home become blurred. She added that implementing such rules to promote work-life balance has to start with the leadership team, and there is “no use” for the company’s human resources department to implement such policies if the managers are still going to demand for work to be done after hours. Get The Straits Times app and receive breaking news alerts and more. You have reached your limit of subscriber-only articles this month. “I even had to take a work call before going to the A&E because we were just really short handed,” said Adriana, in her mid-20s. SINGAPORE - When the circuit breaker ends, all companies - including those resuming operations in the first two phases of the economy's reopening - should adopt working from home as a … He added that some individuals have said that the arrangement has increased their productivity while others explained that the home environment is not sufficiently conducive for work. For the duration of the pandemic, many employees will be forced to work from home. SINGAPORE - The working from home arrangement will continue in order to guard against potential Covid-19 transmission.. Angela Kuek, director of recruitment firm Meyer Consulting Group, said: “I think they can encourage these kinds of practices, but how much of it is actually put in play or how successful all these can be is another question. And it is not only employees who have had to grapple with mental stress and long hours; even those in management positions have had their fair share of problems in dealing with the new work arrangements.