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Citizens' Panel on Work-Life Harmony

55 Singaporeans from different walks of life came together for the first time on 28 September 2019 to form the Citizens’ Panel on Work-Life Harmony. The Panel met between September and November 2019 to deliberate on issues affecting work-life harmony, and to discuss and develop new ways to strengthen work-life harmony in Singapore, including a more supportive societal and workplace culture.

The Citizens’ Panel on Work-Life Harmony is part of the SG Together movement for the Government to partner Singaporeans to co-create and co-deliver solutions across a wide range of policy areas. The Panel is also part of a series of engagements with Singaporeans on marriage and parenthood matters, led by Manpower Minister Mrs Josephine Teo, who also assists Senior Minister Mr Teo Chee Hean on Population matters.

More than 300 members of public responded to the call in July 2019 to participate in the Citizens’ Panel. The Panel comprised members with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, and included employers from different industries, workers in different forms of employment, tertiary students, and individuals with different marital status and family responsibilities.

Panel members exchanging views during the conversation circle.

Panel members identifying and discussing the key barriers to Work-Life Harmony

Working together as one Citizens' Panel.

Pitching of proposals.

Brainstorming and consolidating ideas.

The Citizens’ Panel represents a new way of involving the community in collective thinking and action. Panel members had access to a wide range of information and subject matter experts, and time to deliberate on the issues at hand. The Panel’s recommendations were submitted to the relevant stakeholders (tripartite partners, community groups, Government) at the last session. Panel members were also encouraged to help test out or drive the ideas they propose.

Mrs Josephine Teo, Ms Low Yen Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education and Manpower, and Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, and Education, attended the first session, where they joined Panel members and tripartite leaders in discussions about the current and desired states of work-life harmony in Singapore. In subsequent sessions, the Panel deliberated on the practical challenges and trade-offs in achieving work-life harmony, as well as priority areas and actions that could be pursued over a 12-month period by all stakeholders, including citizens, community partners, employers and the Government. In the final session, the Panel presented its recommendations to Mrs Teo, Ms Low, Assoc Prof Dr Muhammad Faishal, and members from employer groups and unions.

Find out more about the Panel, and read the full write-up on its recommendations, at www.ideas.gov.sg/public/CitizensPanel_WorkLifeHarmony.

Singapore Together is a movement that aims to engage all Singaporeans in creating our shared future together. As the government works with Singaporeans, and Singaporeans work with each other, there will be more ways for us to take action in areas we care about. Let's transform challenges into opportunities and turn diversity into strength. Together, we can create a Singapore we are proud to call home.

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