Saturday, October 13, 2012

Survey found most S’pore firms let employees work from home ??

Source: Yahoo

It's really a big joke :)  The author must be trying to convey a different message but end up giving this wrong impression. Perhaps it should be something like,

Most S’pore firms ASK employees work from home AFTER OFFICE HOURS:

Anyway jokes aside, I am a strong supporter of telecommuting and it can be a deal breaker to me in a new job or my existing job. We are in a different world today where we don't have the luxuries of our dad/grandpa who used to finish their 9-5 job and come home without much tensions or thinking. But thanks to the pressure cooker culture and attitude to work we have a situation that many of Singaporeans can't stop thinking about work even when they are in toilet (Another survey from CNA says this that people bring their mobiles ;0). So telecommuting can help save couple of hours from travel time and most importantly it can help workers to be more "FLEXIBLE". Flexible doesn't mean to be less work but work when the person is more productive.
I know many people who are wonderful during early mornings. So they can stay home to focus on work rather than spending their valuable time in MRT or Bus. Same goes for late owls.

Even it helps Employers to trim down some of the cost in terms of real estate, cooling, power etc. This is what I'd say a win-win.

Sadly our local "managers" attitude is "Theory-X". i.e. assumes employees are inherently lazy and will avoid work if they can and that they inherently dislike work. As a result of this, management believes that workers need to be closely supervised and comprehensive systems of controls developed

And this is where the problem is. Today majority of modern theories shown that employees are of Type-Y or "Self Motivated" type and doesn't need to be "controlled" but provide help/assistance when needed. Instead of hierarchy, team/collaborative work practices are much more common.

  • Today employees doesn't need to be "controlled" but " consulted" or offered assistance
  • No longer hierarchical inherently but more of a collaborative structure
  • Performance pay which promotes self motivation & drive
  • No longer "hierarchical or position based power" but more of a "influence, persuasion power"
  • Not really for $ but more of a complete package with $, balance, satisfaction.

I see some MNC's and local companies are on the right track (atleast from an employee point of view) and some are moving towards but IMO majority of local firms are way behind. It may take decades or centuries to change the attitude of 'boss-worker' mindset.

No comments:

Post a Comment