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Four-part Documentary Series Showcasing Award-Winning Employers and Their Successful Work-Life Initiatives to Be Aired Over Channel NewsAsia In January 2007

"Work-Life Work$", a documentary series featuring award-winning companies and their Work-Life initiatives, will premiere this Thursday evening (11 Jan) at 8.30pm. This four-part documentary series will feature selected 2006 Work-Life Excellence Award winners and industry experts sharing how Work-Life initiatives contribute to business success.

2.  Produced by Channel NewsAsia and sponsored by the Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy, the series will feature exemplary Work-Life initiatives across various sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, electronics, finance and business services. Corporate leaders from companies such as IBM, ABN AMRO Bank, Sony Electronics and Alexandra Hospital will share their views on the importance of having Work-Life initiatives at the workplace, and how such initiatives have helped their companies to secure a business edge.

3.  The show will be aired every Thursday evening at 8:30pm, from 11 January to 1 February 2007 on Channel NewsAsia. Each episode will also be repeated thrice weekly, on Fridays at 10:30am, Mondays at 1:30pm, and Tuesday at 5:30pm. Each episode in the series will have a specific theme around which featured companies and industry experts will share their Work-Life Strategies.

- The first episode on 11 January will focus on “Productivity”, and feature Alexandra Hospital and Natsteel Asia Pte Ltd. The leadership of both companies will share their strategies on how to improve productivity at the workplace through adopting Work-Life initiatives. Dr Jennifer Lee, former Chief Executive Officer of KK Women's and Children's Hospital and current Work-Life advisor to the Employer Alliance, will share the importance of adopting Work-Life Strategies at the workplace.

- The second episode on 18 January features the theme of “Leadership and Culture”, and will showcase Avago Technologies Manufacturing and Apex-Pal International. Senior leaders from both featured companies will talk about the role of corporate leadership in introducing Work-Life initiatives to the workplace, and how these initiatives have resulted in significant business benefits as well as more engaged and committed employees. Viewers will also get to hear from Cheryl Tay, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Capital Management in Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University.

- To be aired on 25 January, the third episode revolves around the theme “Attracting and Retaining Talent”. Senior executives from ABN AMRO Bank and Sony Electronics will talk about how Work-Life initiatives play an important role in talent recruitment and retention in today's competitive employment landscape. Successful Singaporean recruitment firm GMP, and one of the world's leading names in executive search Korn/Ferry International will weigh in with their expert insights.

- The fourth and final episode in the series will air on 1 February and will feature the theme of “Future Challenges”. Senior executives from IBM and Fuji-Xerox will be sharing their views on how Work-Life initiatives can help employers position their companies to address emerging challenges in the global economy. Mr Koh Juan Kiat, Executive Director of Singapore National Employers Federation, will also share his insights with viewers.

4.  Mr Hawazi Daipi, Chairperson, Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy and Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Manpower said: “The featured organisations in the ‘Work-Life Work$' documentary series have a wealth of practical knowledge to share on how Work-Life initiatives can be implemented at the workplace to the benefit of both the business and employees. We hope that by sharing the successful journeys that these companies have taken towards implementing Work-Life initiatives at the workplace, other employers will be inspired to learn from their experiences, and take the first steps towards embracing and implementing Work-Life initiatives.”

5.  Employers who would like to learn more about Work-Life initiatives can check the MOM website.


About Tricom 
The Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy was set up in September 2000 to drive the promotion of Work-Life Harmony in Singapore. The committee drives and facilitates the implementation of Work-Life Strategies in all industry sectors. It organises national-level programmes and activities to increase the practice of Work-Life Harmony in establishments. The committee also reviews the progress of the national Work-Life Strategy and its implementation in Singapore, and monitors developments overseas to aid in its deliberations.

Following the formation of the National Tripartite Advisory Panel (NTAP) to develop family-friendly workplaces, the number of members in the Committee was increased to aid the adoption of NTAP's recommendations. This was to help establish buy-in from stakeholders and increase awareness and promotion of Work-Life Harmony among Singapore companies.

From the five original members (Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Singapore National Employers Federation and National Trades Union Congress), the Committee now comprises more than 10 member organisations from the government, unions, employer, employee and business association representatives.

About Work-Life Harmony
In today's competitive economy, a company's performance is increasingly intertwined with the well-being of its employees. Employees who are able to address their personal priorities are more likely to be committed and engaged at the workplace, thus enhancing the company's business performance.

The implementation of Work-Life Strategies is key to achieving such a win-win situation for both employers and employees. It also plays an important part in attracting and retaining talent.

The business benefits resulting from successful Work-Life Strategies can include:
• Increased productivity;
• Improved recruitment and retention;
• Lower absenteeism rates;
• Cost savings from reduced staff turnover;
• Improved customer experience; and
• A more motivated, satisfied and equitable workforce.