Spring Singapore to provide ‘training’ to part-time workers
Posted by temasektimes on August 21, 2012
A pilot national programme was started in September last year for part-timers in the retail and F&B sectors and attracted 90 companies.
Though part-timers usually work shifts of four hours, some companies are now shortening the shifts to as low as two hours, which is frowned about by SPRING Singapore assistant chief executive Choy Sauw Kook:
“In the practical sense, we see that the two-hour shift schedule may not be as ideal unless the commuting time is minimal. On average, for a part-timer to get from home to the workplace is about half an hour to one hour of travelling time. So for the two-hour flexi time to be attractive, the monetary income earned for that two hours of work must more than compensate the opportunity cost for the travelling time.”
SPRING Singapore added that it is important to prepare part-timers before they start work.
“It’s also important for the company to let the part-timers feel that they are a part of the organisation even though they may spend shorter working periods at the work place,” Miss Choy said.