Work from home jobs in Singapore
Before the hit of the pandemic in 2019, organisations far and wide struggled with the idea of offering remote work options to its employees as a welfare benefit. Today, quarantines, lockdowns, and self-imposed isolation have pushed organisations to adopt remote work arrangements, accelerating a workplace experiment that had struggled to gain traction before COVID-19 hit.
To some, what once seemed impossible didn't just become a possibility, but a better option. While there are still jobs that require collaborating with others or using specialised machinery and equipment, many organisations are relooking at how they can adopt innovation to enable this group of workers the chance to work from home.
Below are top 6 roles you didn’t expect to offer work from home options in Singapore.
- Cloud Architect
- Java Engineer
- Product Designer
- Software Engineer
- Front End Developer
- Flutter Developer
Not sure of how to transition your engineers, architects, developers, and designers to work from home? We’ve shared some of our top tips below to help you transition better in order to meet the demands of the new normal, especially for working from home in Singapore.
- Equip your team members
Make sure your employees are equipped with the right tools they need to do their job remotely and understand how those tools work. If you have staff that have never worked from home before, they may not understand how to connect to the company network. Never assume everyone has had practice navigating a video call. Have the necessary training and tutorials in place for them to pick things up and this will benefit you in the long-term.
- Define your expectations
Consider the following:
Work Schedule—Are there set hours? If so, what are they? If the schedule is flexible, are there specific times the employee needs to be available for calls or meetings?
Communication—How frequently do you expect an employee to check in with you while working from home? Which method of communication should be used for what situations?
Processes—Are there any changes in processes now that the employee is remote? For example, what is the protocol for making decisions if a team member is not available?
- Don’t force employees to be “on” all the time
Work from home burnouts have been on an all-high since the induction of the new normal. According to Work Trend Index, 37 percent of respondents in Singapore cited increased rates of burnout with the lack of separation between work duties and personal obligations which is impacting their wellbeing negatively. This was significantly higher than the Asia average of 29 percent and those cited by workers in India, Japan and Australia. This can be as minute as sending emails outside of working hours which should be avoided, and employees shouldn’t be expected to answer after-hours messages immediately.
- Prepare for failure
Realistically, not everything is going to go smoothly. As the entire world is navigating through unchartered territories, let your employees know that you expect a learning curve during this time of transition. Mistakes will happen.
- Communication is key
In the 2020 State of Remote Work Report by Buffer, lack of communication and collaboration were identified as their biggest struggle with working remotely by the employees surveyed. Managers need to communicate clearly and frequently.
- Build connections
Build strong connections with your team. Let them know that you care about their personal wellbeing and remind them of any resources the company has made available to assist them to work from home.
Be transparent and let employees know of any changes that are taking place which might impact their job responsibilities as soon as it is appropriate. Also, commit to share constructive feedback and communicate your openness to receive feedback. This can also help with communication.
- Debrief often
Having debrief meetings identify what seems to be working well and where alternative solutions are needed. As everyone acclimates to their new reality, these debriefing sessions can be phased out.
- Celebrate the wins and give praise when due
Lastly, if something works, celebrate it. Take the time to publicly thank team members for jobs well done. Despite these uncertain times, there is great potential for your team to grow.
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