The New Ways of Work go beyond occasional work arrangements like telecommuting, and encompass the spectrum of possibilities from office-based work to
home-based work, and the various options in between, including places with professional office support such as
Smart Work Centres.
With ready accessibility to the enhanced infocomm infrastructure, such as the Next Gen Nationwide Broadband Network (Next Gen NBN) in Singapore, companies will find it increasingly viable and beneficial to enable their employees to work from homes or Smart Work Centres (SWCs). It also helps employers to attract, retain and motivate high-performing and experienced employees.
With SWCs, companies could grow without constraints of space. Companies could also derive long-term cost savings by leveraging shared facilities in SWCs. Network of SWCs located in the residential areas across Singapore could help companies reach out to untapped talent pool that was not available to them previously due to the physical location of the office and the travelling time required between home and office. SWCs then become another workplace option for employers.
By working at home or close to home, employees can reduce travel time and can better manage work-life commitments especially when combined with other forms of flexi-work options. This kind of workspace flexibility helps to address diverse workforce needs such as working mothers to allow them to better fulfil their family commitments.
Home-based Work is an arrangement where one works primarily from home, occasionally travelling back to office for meetings or to catch up with colleagues. Employees who work from home are able to collaborate and communicate with their colleagues at different locations through video conferencing, unified communications and other collaborative tools.
Smart Work Centres are professional work facilities shared by individuals from different companies and are located close to home. The primary aim of Smart Work Centres within residential locations is to bring work close to where employees and individuals live. With professional facilities, employees and individuals who do not have conducive working environment at home could choose to work in a Smart Work Centre near their homes.
The first 3 Smart Work Centres located at Jurong Regional Library, Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library officially opened on 30 May 2014. Operated by global flexible workspace provider Regus, in collaboration with IDA and National Library Board (NLB), Smart Work Centres widen the range of flexible workspace options, enabling people to work closer to home, and facilitate work-life harmony and productivity. The centres offer a professional work environment designed to cater to different modes of work and are equipped with typical office facilities, including private workstations, meeting spaces, print and copy facilities, video- conferencing services as well as high speed internet access.
Check out a virtual tour of the 3 Smart Work Centres (SWCs):
SWC @ Geylang East Public Library
SWC @ Jurong Regional Library
SWC @ Toa Payoh Public Library
Visit the Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore’s
for more details. Click
for FAQs on SWCs.