Leaders in ASEAN are coming together to devise strategies that will allow organisations and people in the region to recover from the pandemic.
Under a new set of government guidelines, by 2024, employers must consider staff requests for flexible work arrangements fairly and properly.
They have proposed a 50%-75% office capacity and the implementation of a reduced workweek while proceeding with a work-from-home arrangement.
As the country moves into the endemic stage on April 1, employers will get to decide whether to continue work-from-home (WFH) or hybrid arrangements.
One fifth of business processing outsourcing (BPO) workers would rather quit their jobs than return to offices.
Several major business groups and companies are backing the government’s move to get employees to return to their workplaces.
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Flexible work arrangements will continue to be implemented by companies despite the relaxing of pandemic measures, the government has reported.
Employees should also establish individual telework plans and clarify expectations about timelines and expected results, the WHO and ILO highlighted.
The Japanese Trade Union Confederation wants businesses to define workplace rules related to the eligibility for remote work.
The health ministry noted that the current infectious rate of COVID-19 in the country is higher, and most likely caused by the Omicron variant.
As Omicron cases increase, the country’s biggest businesses and government departments have been encouraged to let their staff work from home.
Employers have been told to avoid face-to-face meetings for now, and are encouraged to help their workers undergo regular COVID-19 tests.
Heads of departments are also called on to ensure that employees wear face masks at all times, and abide by the appropriate social distancing measures.
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Hybrid working would likely become a permanent feature of the public sector workforce, according to the Office of the Clerk of Parliament.
Many public employees are expected to work remotely as some government departments may temporarily cut back on some services.
Amid a spike in Omicron transmission, the WFH policy needs to be implemented with more flexibility, says the Labour Institute Indonesia.
A draft framework will be proposed to the Finance Ministry, with any subsequent changes requiring amendment to the tax laws.
The proposed bill will penalise employers who intrude on workers' "rest hours" and to prevent tasks and meetings from encroaching on personal time.
With 2022 likely to be the year of hybrid work, organisations need to develop and introduce effective hybrid work strategies and policies.
The goal of teleworking is to maintain the same level of socio-economic activities in a time when rapid spread of COVID-19 is expected.
Employers in Singapore have also been urged to clearly communicate their expectations upfront and manage appraisals fairly based on work outcomes.
The country believes that the approach to workplace flexibility should be inclusive, as remote working is not practical for all types of workers.
Government agencies also urged companies to provide sufficient assistance for individuals who are undergoing quarantine and isolation.
Amid the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the central government is allowing half of its employees below the rank of under secretary to work from home.