Since the implementation of the Circuit Breaker on 7 Apr 2020, many companies have explored various forms of flexible work arrangements (FWAs) over the past four months to ensure business continuity and the safety of their workers. From Apr to Aug 2020, more than $180M under the Work-Life Grant (WLG) will support close to 8,000 companies that have applied, covering over 90,000 employees to adopt FWAs during this challenging period and beyond.

We are heartened that more companies are offering FWAs to protect the health of their employees and promote work-life harmony. As the provision of FWAs is increasingly normalised and made prevalent at workplaces, the need to incentivise the provision of FWAs through the WLG has reduced. As such, Programme Partners (PPs) such as e2i, will no longer be accepting applications for the WLG after 18 Aug 2020, 6pm.

Companies that still require support to implement work-from-home arrangements may consider Enterprise Singapore’s Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG), which covers IT solutions, equipment and consultancy services to enhance business processes and improve productivity. Through the PSG, businesses will be able to implement business continuity measures, including online collaboration tools and virtual meeting tools to support remote working. These solutions are supported with funding up to 80% and are open for applications through Business Grants Portal until 31 December 2020. You can view the full list of supportable solutions under the PSG here.

For companies that require support in their transformation journey or other business areas, the list of available government assistance schemes can be found on the GoBusiness Gov Assist. If you need help with identifying the most relevant government assistance for your company, you can make an appointment with business advisors at SME Centres or access the e-Adviser here.

TAFEP has also made available and is continuing to provide resources to support companies in implementing FWAs.

We hope companies will remain in good stead with ready systems in place to sustain work-from-home and staggered hours arrangements during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

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