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Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby mwchua » Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:51 pm

hi all,

Now that I am fast approaching the big-4s, it has dawned on me that the ability to take stress has greatly diminished....Used to be able to "chiong" much more. Used to be able to multi-task, manage tight deadlines, survive in hostile environment etc...

But now that the 4s look pretty near, would like to really "slow down" if possible to minimise any possibility of sudden death :pray: Not young anymore, also know that can't fight with the Gen-X or Gen-Ys anymore...

Do some of you sometimes have this kind of feeling as well? Used to be that govt sector offers a more manageable pace of life and advocates more family-friendly culture & people used to "retire" there....But nowadays seems it's not the case anymore....

Really contemplating moving on to companies which are more family-friendly in culture. Maybe only can consider non-for-profit organizations only?????

Rgds,
Ming

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby bigsnoopy » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:55 pm

I think the more family friendly company are the angmohs company not the locals ones. My friend's company also give dental allowances to spouse and children.

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby Champion » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:03 pm

mwchua wrote:hi all,

Now that I am fast approaching the big-4s, it has dawned on me that the ability to take stress has greatly diminished....Used to be able to "chiong" much more. Used to be able to multi-task, manage tight deadlines, survive in hostile environment etc...

But now that the 4s look pretty near, would like to really "slow down" if possible to minimise any possibility of sudden death :pray: Not young anymore, also know that can't fight with the Gen-X or Gen-Ys anymore...

Do some of you sometimes have this kind of feeling as well? Used to be that govt sector offers a more manageable pace of life and advocates more family-friendly culture & people used to "retire" there....But nowadays seems it's not the case anymore....

Really contemplating moving on to companies which are more family-friendly in culture. Maybe only can consider non-for-profit organizations only?????

Rgds,
Ming


Hi Ming,
:hi5: "Now that I am fast approaching the big-4s" - You just ring a bell in my head :laugh: .....

I have to agree with the family commitment thing always prompting, I am always at a cross-junction, asking this question," What do I want in life?"
:scratchhead:

I have been with the current employer for more than 11 years - and it always daunt on me," How long more am I staying? Have I reached the bottle-neck that everything becomes very mundane for me?" On the other hand, as an "old staff" - it does have its advantage too, e.g. HR people will be chasing you to clear annual leaves so it is a "good reasonable excuse" to take leaves especially to attend to kids stuffs.

Well, have to say it is never easy to look for a family-orientated company :shrug: :shrug: ...

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby Funz » Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:39 pm

I think to a certain extent how family friendly your company is depends on your immediate supervisor. I have worked for a cut throat company where everyone is rather young. Our CEO himself was very young and as such, so even from top down, not much of a family friendly environment. I have also worked for a company that is reputed to have very good staff welfare and have been winning awards for work-life balance initiatives. Among colleagues with different superiors, we can see different treatments. With some superior, the top down initiative of work life balance is upheld, with others, no. I have had the fortune and misfortune to work with both all in the same company.

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby Fairy » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:14 pm

mwchua wrote:hi all,
Used to be that govt sector offers a more manageable pace of life and advocates more family-friendly culture & people used to "retire" there....But nowadays seems it's not the case anymore....

Really contemplating moving on to companies which are more family-friendly in culture. Maybe only can consider non-for-profit organizations only?????

Rgds,
Ming


As of now, the govt sector still offers a more manageable pace of life as compared to the private sector.
A company many offer more family-friendly benefits like medical coverage for dependents, recreational facilities/benefits and etc. But may at the same time expect employees to work like a work-horse. eg. in many angmoh companies and banks.
In terms of stability, pay, benefits and workload, our civil servants still had it best!
Pay - competitive or even better than some private sector!
Annual leave - 28 days for snr off. Most angmoh org are offering 14 to 18days accross the board nowadays!
Training - where else can you find yourselves going for courses 100hours a year?!
Bonus - it used to be unattractive as compared to the pte sector. In recent years, it has been :drool: :drool: , much better than most private sector. I heard even some banks have declared zero bonus last year and our public officers are getting up to 8 mths, or more?
Workload? - just visit some forums where CVs discussed about thier jobscope/load and you'll get a clearer picture.

I believe it also depends on whether one is a specialist or generalist. Specialist had it tougher. But then again, it's most likely worst out there.

Working in NGO is no bed of roses nowadays, after the NKF saga.

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby Fairy » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:29 pm

Funz wrote: I have also worked for a company that is reputed to have very good staff welfare and have been winning awards for work-life balance initiatives.


One company I know of has a very good 'work-life-balance' programme in place. To ensure that staff are committed to the programme, they are awarded points for participation that counts towards their bonus quantum. Lunch time or after-office hours sessions in Yoga, Taiji, wine appreciation, movie screenings etc were organised as part of the total welfare/work-life-balance for the employees.

For those in departments with heavy workloads and long working hours expected, these compulsory programmes are a chore rather than recreational. In order not to loose out in terms of bonus, they are forced to set aside the already limited and precious time for their family to participate in the activities. Unless one is single or married without kids, such activities are at the expense of family time.

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby Fairy » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:40 pm

Champion wrote:Well, have to say it is never easy to look for a family-orientated company :shrug: :shrug: ...


To me, Family-orientated means giving me more personal time with my family. To some others, Family-orientated means the employer organising many activities for employees catering to the families, eg. family day. It may also mean having more benefits extended to dependents.

I spent long hours in the office. The last thing I want is to be 'forced' to attend company-organised activities out-of-work, even with family.

It would be great if companies here give employees a choice in terms of the benefits that suit them. :smile:

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Re: Employers which are more "family-friendly"

Postby mwchua » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:20 pm

Personally, my definition of "family friendly" will mean basic respect for the staff as individuals with family needs rather than just pure money making machines.

I always do not understand why staff, even after demonstrating that they are disciplined and competent to fulfill their responsibilities at work, are still under intense scrutiny by the factory time-clocking mentality of some bosses. Or why there are some many un-enlightened bosses around. What is the point of instituting KPI & other systems/proceeses in place then?

At the end of the day, I will feel more empowered and willing to put in my best effort if there is mutual understanding that it's the result that matters, not clocking in how many hours or just compete to see who stays back the latest to demonstrate commitment to work.

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