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Singapore leads APAC in four-day workweek trend

Two in 10 workers have a four-day workweek option.

The four-day workweek is transitioning from an idealistic concept to a tangible reality in Singapore, with 21% of workers reporting that their employers are already implementing such a setup.

Data from HR solution provider ADP showed that Singapore has the highest percentage of workers reporting a four-day workweek in the Asia-Pacific region, higher than countries like China (14%) and India (20%).

In addition, more than a quarter (32%) of workers also believe a four-day workweek will be the norm in the next five years.

“The four-day work week is gaining popularity for its potential benefits like improved work-life balance, increased productivity and reduced burnout. Flexibility is not a perk but a foundational expectation," Yvonne Teo, Vice President of HR APAC at ADP, said.

Apart from a four-day work week, there's also a high preference for a hybrid working model (34%) and full flexibility over hours based on productivity and results metrics (32%) amongst workers.

Our research shows Singapore employees value flexibility as the third most important factor to them in a job, after salary and job security. Employers today must offer FWA to attract and retain talent," Teo said.

ADP reported that workers feel their employers could do more, with less than half of Singapore workers satisfied with their flexibility of hours (46%) or location (47%).

“More can be done in creating flexible work arrangements. By understanding the specific concerns and preferences of their employees through open dialogue, employers can then provide tailored solutions to accommodate their diverse needs and preferences. Striking a balance that considers both the company’s needs and the well-being of its workforce is crucial to fostering a more positive and inclusive work environment.” Teo added.

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