January 31, 2023


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SNEF and Mother launch a guidebook for Singapore businesses to interact older workers on career and skills advancement

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Referred to as structured job planning (SCP), the guidebook intends to enhance the employee’s productivity in the prolonged phrase to optimise their value-insert to the organization.

Companies in Singapore can depend on Singapore Nationwide Companies Federation (SNEF) and Ministry of Manpower (Mom)’s recently-unveiled structured profession setting up (SCP) guidebook, to put into action a official structured career organizing system to proactively interact more mature staff members in their organisations on occupation and expertise advancement.

At the exact same time, employers can use it to search at recent and upcoming functionality requirements, whilst supporting the employee’s work, wealth, and wellbeing targets.

For context, the guidebook was launched during a hybrid celebration on 13 July 2022 (Wednesday), graced by Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of Point out for Manpower, Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary-Standard, Nationwide Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and John Ng, Vice President, SNEF. At the function, it was described that the intended consequence of SCP is to “enhance the employee’s efficiency in the extensive time period to optimise their value-insert to the business”.

What is SCP about?

In essence, SCP is packed with — total and lite — implementation frameworks and toolkits (who, what, when, where, how) that employers can utilise based mostly on manpower and sources offered. Over and above that, the guidebook also incorporates individual occupation assessment routines, sample HR policies, and scenario studies out there for reference.

Searching at the total implementation framework, businesses can count on to get 7 tips as follows:


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  3. Carry out the appropriate HR procedures for retirement and re-work
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  5. Put into practice the suitable HR policies for team enhancement
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  7. Teach HR and Line Administrators for the SCP programme
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  9. Connect the intent of SCP organization-broad
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  11. Carry out the SCP programme, and
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  13. Regularly evaluate and strengthen on the SCP programme.
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It is noteworthy that in position #2, businesses are encouraged by SNEF to engage staff and unions (if applicable) on re-work as early as probable, at minimum six months prior to re-employment or extension of re-employment. On that take note, the aforementioned 7 tips must then be evaluated towards 4 essential milestones (revealed under).

With regard to the lite model, it encompasses four recommendations which are points #1, #4, #6, and #7 from the total edition (described earlier mentioned). The lite model also has very similar milestones (proven underneath) – with the only difference remaining in the initially area (implementation time period), ’55 a long time old right until retirement age’.

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Why is SCP needed?

In SNEF’s statement, it shared that the Tripartite Workgroup on More mature Employees identified that more mature staff are far more most likely to seem to their companies to signal what schooling to undertake.

Quite a few considered that companies are in “a greater position” to ascertain their competencies demand as these kinds of, they really should guide more mature employees on what training they have to have for vocation improvement and re-employment. Nonetheless, some businesses may well not have a systematic tactic or do not know how to initiate to have significant job conversations with their more mature personnel.

DSG Heng, on that be aware, shared: “It is not unusual to listen to employers fret about problems in having the right manpower. We also normally hear older workers worry irrespective of whether they can continue performing as their providers go through massive and quick changes in company products and engineering. If we simply cannot deal with these nicely, both companies and more mature staff will shed out. On the other hand, if we correctly deliver the needs jointly and proactively construction abilities upgrades, job redesign, job development, and worker adaptation to put together employees for new needs even as they age, then we minimise displacement and maximise the possible of our Singaporean workforce.”

He thinks that SCP is “a worthy work in this route”.

VP Ng also shared his sentiments on SCP. He spelled out that by setting up to approach the upcoming period of the vocation of more mature personnel early, it would carry about several rewards for employers, specially when work and skill requirements are frequently switching due to digitalisation and business transformation.

He mentioned, for 1, older staff members would be superior well prepared to take on new or modified roles if they wish to be re-employed. For yet another, with an ageing workforce, VP Ng reckoned companies would be ready to go on to count on their more mature personnel to satisfy their manpower demand to assist company advancement. And on major of that, businesses could cultivate a society of lifelong studying at the office by engaging personnel routinely in career and ability improvement.

“I strongly inspire businesses to carry out structured job preparing to help their more mature personnel attain successful longevity so that longevity of their workforce is successful for them also,” VP Ng included.

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