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Inaugural study on work-life harmony in Singapore



New measure of work-life harmony developed to establish baseline and track progress over time

Singaporeans who achieve work-life harmony are more likely to enjoy their work, have better family relationships and enjoy a better quality of life, according to an inaugural National Work-life Harmony Study jointly commissioned by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the National Family Council (NFC).
The study, which involved 1,601 respondents, was conducted in partnership with the Family Studies Centre of Brigham Young University in the United States1.
Another key finding of the study was the positive correlation between an employee¡¯s work-life harmony and employee engagement and retention, as well as an organisation¡¯s productivity and its bottom-line.
Work-Life Harmony benefits an individual¡¯s work, family and personal outcomes
The study revealed that respondents who scored high on the Work-Life Harmony Index also reported positive work, family and personal outcomes.
At the workplace, they are likely to be more engaged and productive. At the personal level, they feel more satisfied and enjoy greater peace in their lives, as well as have better physical and mental health.
On the family front, they have higher family and marital satisfaction and enjoy better relationships with their children, family and friends. Notably, respondents with high work-life harmony also want and have more children. (Refer to Annex A for more details).
Benchmark score to track Singapore¡¯s Work-Life Harmony level
A key objective of the study was to develop a "first of its kind" national measure to track the progress of work-life harmony in Singapore.
This inaugural study revealed that the benchmark work-life harmony score for Singapore for 2006 is 64, with 0 indicating ¡°no harmony¡± and 100 indicating "total harmony".
MCYS and NFC would track the score in subsequent studies to monitor changes over time and measure the progress of work-life harmony in Singapore.
1 The Family Studies Centre is part of Brigham Young University (BYU)¡¯s School of Family Life. The School of Family Life brings together scholars dedicated to research and teaching on topics related to the family. Within the School of Family Life, the mission of the Family Studies Centre is to make valuable contributions to families by encouraging, sponsoring, coordinating, and disseminating BYU¡¯s intellectual efforts related to the family.

Source: Media Release 6 Jul 2007

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