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Expanding Work-Life Perspectives: Talent Management in Singapore

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This companion report to Catalyst’s main report on work-life in Asia contributes to our knowledge of how organizations can best implement work-life programs within different cultural contexts. In this country profile, we draw from the larger sample to spotlight the experiences of 321 high-potential employees (48 percent women and 52 percent men) working in Singapore for U.S.- or European-based multinational organizations. Respondents in this study were referred by their respective companies as promising future leaders and are among the best and brightest employees.

Our analyses found that:

  • Regardless of gender, future leaders in Singapore favor a dual work and family focus in prioritizing multiple demands.

  • While high-potentials in Singapore are fairly satisfied with the way they are managing work and family demands and with the supports that their companies offer, the current flexibility programs do not fully meet their needs.

  • Long hours and job pressures still affect women’s work experiences and their career goals, suggesting the need for companies to consider how current work cultures and work-life policies fit the experiences of all their talent. 

Research Partners: BMO Financial Group, Chevron Corporation, Credit Suisse, Deloitte LLP, Desjardins Group, Deutsche Bank AG, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, KeyBank, McDonald’s Corporation, UPS