Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Prime Minister (a) what is the current proportion of public officers who are in job roles which are conducive for hybrid work and will be allowed to telecommute; and (b) for such officers, what is the average number of days a week that they will be allowed to work from home as against telecommuting.
Mr Chan Chun Sing (for the Prime Minister): As recently stated in my Parliamentary response on 4 July 2022, the Public Service supports the tripartite efforts by MOM, NTUC and Singapore National Employers Federation to boost the adoption of flexible work arrangements (FWAs). We assess that up to half of the jobs in the Public Service can be suitable for telecommuting. For officers whose work allows for telecommuting, officers can do so for an average of two out of five days per work week. Other than telecommuting, Public Service agencies can exercise flexibility and discuss other forms of FWAs, such as staggered hours and part-time work, with officers who need it to support them in balancing work and personal circumstances.
To ensure that the Public Service continues to deliver high standards, effectiveness and productivity in this new work environment, PSD has issued guidelines to reinforce the expectations on work standards and to promote good supervisory practices, such as outcome-based performance management. As an agile organisation, we will continue to review and improve the way we work as our operating landscape changes.
Prime Minister’s Office
5 July 2022