Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the National Library Board (NLB) have jointly launched three Smart Work Centres (SWC) to enable Singapore companies to have more flexible work arrangements.
These Centres are equipped with print and copy facilities, video conferencing services and high-speed connectivity.
Employers who want to offer flexible work arrangement can now arrange for their employees to work at any of the SWC near their homes.
Currently, three SWCs have been set up at Jurong Regional Library (pictured), Geylang East Public Library and Toa Payoh Public Library.
These Centres aim to encourage employers to adopt New Ways of Work (NWoW), an initiative developed in consultation with Employer Alliance, Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ministry of Manpower,National Trades Union Congress - Women’s Development Secretariat and Singapore National Employers Federation.
Advancements in technology better support a mobile workforce and open new possibilities for companies and their employees to enjoy NWoW. The Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network has already allowed IDA and industry partners to explore innovative work arrangements such as home-based telecommuting.
For businesses, investing in NWoW can create an effective and sustainable means of managing office space growth requirements and being cost-competitive in an environment where space is limited, and rental costs are rising.
Employees using a NWoW approach may also be able to enjoy a better work-life balance, with the flexibility to meet their own family needs or personal development while still capable of a full day’s work. A reduced commute can help achieve cost savings while enhancing productivity.
“The SWCs can help businesses, especially small and medium enterprises reduce operational costs by offering work facilities that they can use on demand. With the deployment of the Nationwide Broadband Network island-wide, these SWCs also offer ultra high speed connectivity to support organisations with data or bandwidth intensive work. All these can help to boost productivity and accelerate the growth of high-quality Singapore-based companies,”said Steve Leonard, Executive Deputy Chairman, IDA.
The SWC in the libraries are located in residential hubs and conveniently accessible via public transport. SWC users can work closer to home with easy access to the library’s collection of books, information resources and audio visual materials.
“NLB is happy to serve the community in a new way. Our libraries are already well-loved reading and learning spaces for people from all walks of life. Now we offer space to work or run businesses, helping with professional lives while enriching personal lives. We hope our libraries can be incubators for budding entrepreneurs to chase their dreams,” said Elaine Ng, Chief Executive Officer, NLB.