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More needs to be done to encourage women to consider shift work: WDS

More needs to be done to encourage women to consider shift work: WDS

By Hetty Musfirah
Posted: 22 September 2010 1126 hrs


SINGAPORE: The NTUC Women's Development Secretariat (WDS) has urged employers to come up with better and more creative solutions to encourage more women job seekers to consider shift work.


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To make shift work more attractive, WDS said employers can offer incentives like transport allowance or free meals.

Employers can also exercise greater flexibility, such as allowing workers to select shift patterns and giving permanent fixed shift to those who need it.

WDS made this call following findings from a study it commissioned, which involved women who are current and former shift workers.

Focus group discussions were conducted with 32 women aged between 23 and 54 years old.

Most respondents, especially younger shift workers, said they would switch to a 9-to-5 job when they start a family.

Others said they would still remain in their shift jobs if they had help with childcare or if their partners worked fixed shifts.

Some reasons women job seekers shun shift work include health problems as a result of irregular eating and sleeping hours and the difficulty to upgrade themselves due to irregular working hours.

NTUC said as Singapore's growth depends on the growing services sector, the current employment scene will move towards one with more shift work job positions.

For job seekers, WDS said it would continue to encourage them to adopt an open mindset and attitude when seeking shift work opportunities.

Besides employment, WDS will continue to promote work-life integration initiatives among companies, and to encourage them to offer more family-friendly programmes such as flexi-work arrangements, Little Ones @ Work, and workplace health issues.

It said these initiatives would help women cope better with work and family.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stori...082658/1/.html

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