CNA: Time to promote ‘integration’ programmes with foreigners at workplace too
Posted by temasektimes on June 1, 2012
With more than one third of Singapore’s workforce made up of foreigners, it is time to promote and expand integration programmes at workplaces to integrate locals with them, declared state-run Channel News Asia.
Some industries are advocating structured HR policies to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding between native Singaporeans and foreigners who form the majority in some companies.
In Standard Chartered Bank where a quarter of the staff are foreigners (excluding PRs), workplace integration programmes range from three days paid leave for staff to participate in community projects, to encouraging cross-cultural exchanges.
Among the programmes are an online cultural awareness training resource which helps employees learn not only about their own cultural perspective, but also other cultures, and an International Dress Day for staff.
While large companies like Standard Chartered Bank have the resources to promote ‘integration’ between Singaporeans and foreigners, small and medium enterprises which also employed many foreigners do not have the means to do so.
Experts interviewed by CNA said it is critical for such sectors to seriously think about implementing workplaces integration policies with more foreigners flocking to find work in Singapore.