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SingTel to start home-based work pilot

Jack Loo | March 22, 2013
As part of a consortium programme, the telco will lead a group of companies to run a trial on the viability of home-based work.

SingTel is also demonstrating its myBusiness portal, which the telco is branding as a one-stop community site for SMEs. Applications like Oystor would be accessible through the myBusiness portal. SingTel claims that myBusiness is currently the largest all-in-one online SME community in Singapore with 500,000 visits per month.

Pilot scope

Meanwhile, Ernst & Young Advisory, SHRI and Growth Point Consultancy will provide consultancy services to the companies to help them amend their policies to accommodate home-based work and hold training and motivation sessions for management and their home-based employees.

The consultancies will also help them design or redesign jobs and business processes, develop communications channels and monitor the performance of their home-based employees, as well as perform cost-benefit analysis of this mode of work.

IDV Concepts is looking to hire home-based creative designers to work seamlessly with their office-based counterparts, using SingTel's solutions to access and store large graphic materials in the cloud. The company aims to leverage the success of this programme to facilitate recruitment of staff, including mobility-impaired artists, and plan for business continuity.

Rainforest e-Learning is developing a learning management system to help home-based teachers deliver short tuition lessons to students through connected devices. The innovative education centre hopes to increase students' learning retention, reduce the administrative work of teachers, promote work-life balance and lower staff turnover.

"There are a lot of teachers who would like to work but they need to stay at home. Hopefully this pilot can encourage them to teach," said Jamie Tan, managing director, Rainforest e-learning.


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