PSD believes that facilitating work-life outcomes for their public officers will enable them to be more productive as they strive towards securing a brighter future for Singapore. With the development of a comprehensive work-life framework and the efforts of the network of Work-Life Ambassadors and Advocates, PSD has successfully created a work-life friendly environment.
As the central people agency for the Public Service, Public Service Division (PSD) believes that fostering a conducive work climate for public officers will result in an engaged and productive workforce.
Cultivating a Work-Life Friendly Culture
To achieve this, PSD set up a Work-Life Unit to create a work environment where the employee, supervisor and employer are committed to discuss and address each other’s work and personal needs.
To guide agencies, PSD also developed a Work-Life Framework to articulate the Public Service’s vision for a healthy, resilient and well-rounded workforce. The framework is premised on the belief that work-life harmony is a holistic goal that encompasses four key areas in an individual’s life – Self, Family and Friends, Community and Work.
While PSD sets the broad direction for agencies at the whole-of-government level, agencies have the autonomy to tailor work-life interventions and programmes which suit the context of their business and operating environments.
An important success factor in achieving work-life excellence in the Public Service is the network of Work-Life Advocates and Ambassadors from every public agency. Advocates champion work-life programmes in the organisation, while Ambassadors play a key role in changing the mindsets of management and managers to exercise flexibility at the workplace and implement work-life policies and strategies.
PSD also provides training and support for supervisors/managers to further bolster work-life efforts at its agencies.
PSD’s multi-pronged initiatives have contributed towards a supportive work environment for public officers, enabling them to be effective and committed to the demands of their personal and work lives.