02 Aug 2015 12:00:00 AM

Reduced/Part-time Work

Employees work less than standard full-time hours. Roles are designed around a reduced workload with the expectation that job responsibilities can be successfully completed in less than a standard work-day.

Some examples of these arrangements are as follows:

Work shorter days
Employees work a full workweek, but with shorter days, e.g. half day. This arrangement would sometimes include shorter lunch breaks.

Work fewer days weekly
Employees work fewer days per week than a full-time staff, but they cover the same 8 hour work day as a full time employee.

Work during weekends (seasonal, or to cover high-volume periods)
This option is suitable for companies that operate 7 days a week (e.g. food and beverage outlets). It is important to clarify with employees on different remuneration scale if any (e.g. hourly wage for weekdays: versus weekends).

A combination of the above option applied to suit the organisation’s and employee’s needs.

Important Considerations
  • Proper policy, system controls and reporting must be in place prior to implementation.

  • Employees and supervisor must have a significant amount of trust to successfully implement a compressed work week arrangement.

  • The reduced/part time work option is exercised with the expectation that the job responsibilities can be successfully completed in the less than standard full-time schedule.

  • Reduced/part time work can be advocated for non-critical workforce during ‘downtime’ period or when business activities are not at its peak.

  • The reduced/part time work option should be reviewed at least once per year.

Case Studies
Sunway Group

Related Documents

Policy Implementation Guidelines: Reduced/Part-Time Work