The office it seems is becoming a relic of the past. A new study shows that 70% of professionals in Singapore want to work from home, but only if their rig can be set up with full-time internet and Wi-Fi connections.
The survey was conducted by an expert panel on office design for individuals and businesses. There are many benefits to working remotely, such as better quality of life outside of the workplace, increased productivity due to less distractions at work, and more time spent with family or friends.
Business professionals in Singapore have become accustomed to working from home during times of the current health crisis. A survey by Lark and Milieu found that this could be a long-term arrangement for the country’s workforce, not just something they do when their offices shut down due to lockdowns or circuit breakers.
Singapore is taking the necessary measures to ensure that employees are protected and can still work from home. The country has been in phase 3 of their pandemic response, which means employers were previously not allowed to offer flexible schedules or telecommute for a period of time.
Now that restrictions have eased up on these arrangements, Singaporean companies are eager to make sure they put them into place so as long-term workers feel supported when it comes down with this ‘pandemic’ we’re all hearing about!
Flexible Working Arrangements
“Singapore organizations are faced with a growing interest in flexible work arrangements and must find ways to adopt these practices into their routines or they will see an increase in employee dissatisfaction,” said Joey Lim. ‘This is especially true for Singaporean workers who want the flexibility of setting up their own schedule as well as choose what hours they would like to work while still having the same benefits that come from being employed by any company,” continued Mr. Lim.
The idea of working remotely often leads to a lot of uncertainty, especially for those who are accustomed to the office environment.
More and more people have started using technology as an alternative way to get things done when they cannot be in proximity with their co-workers or boss on site.
For some this can lead into problems that disrupt productivity, like not being able find someone else’s work because it is all stored electronically instead of physically located together at headquarters where everyone would know how to best access it; while others see remote work arrangements as only providing benefits such as having control over what hours you want/need show up at the workplace which translates nicely into personal time management skills
It’s understandable that one major concern about this type of arrangement is how it impact teams.
What Do the Surveys Say?
What will happen to performance if more organization adopt flexible work arrangements for their employees, as 94% of PMEs want them. Organizations need to ensure that this is done with clear support and benefits so they can retain these vital members in a team!
A survey of professionals and managers found that they are not all satisfied with the way they collaborate remotely. One-in-five said that their current setup was “very satisfying” while half were just content, neutral or dissatisfied to varying degrees – 22% being most likely unhappy about working collaboratively online.
The disparity suggests a mismatch in satisfaction levels between those who are at the director level or higher and those that were not. 70% of senior managers said their team was very well adapted to using collaboration tools, while only 25% of all respondents reported feeling this way about themselves for the same category question.
Professionals in Singapore Rely on Collaboration
PMEs in Singapore are relying on remote collaboration for up to half of their day, with video meetings (94%), file search (90%) and messaging taking the most time. One-in-five PME’s report that more than 50% of their workday is spent chatting or texting.
Collaboration tools are essential in making work more enjoyable according to 70% of PMEs.
When organizations have one tool that supports the needs across all aspects of a business, it makes for an easier and ultimately better experience when completing tasks at hand because people can be connected everywhere, they need to go with just one click.
The alternative is jumping through hoops while also wasting time locating files or emailing others about something as simple as creating presentations together. This is why innovation within this area will continue being prevalent on corporate agendas despite economic challenges such as competition from AI-driven companies like Google who believe “document sharing is dead.”
There’s no denying collaboration has become important in various areas of daily life, including work productivity – according to recent surveys by Accenture Consulting.
Also, a recent study by IBM found that the right collaboration tool can make work easier for you. 64% of respondents in a survey said they felt their collaborative tools made it easier to do their jobs, 60% claimed they were more productive with them and 39% stated having these gems makes work enjoyable! What’s even better is that this sentiment was shared all across age groups but most strongly among millennials (25-39 years old).
The conclusion to this blog post is that professionals in Singapore want the opportunity to work from home, but only with the right tools. Collaboration between team members and executives are key for a successful remote working arrangement as well.
Video conferencing, data sharing, file search and messaging all need wireless internet access which can be costly if you’re renting property or using your own wi-fi connection at home.
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