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Marriage and parenthood keep Singaporeans happy

In the latest Happiness Poll conducted by NTUC’s family development unit, U Family, close to 90 per cent of working Singaporeans say they are happy.

Singapore: When it comes to being happy, 87 per cent of Singaporean say they are.

In the Happiness Poll by NTUC’s family development unit, U Family,  9 in 10 said that marriage and parenthood contributed significantly to one’s happiness.

The online survey among than 5000 working Singaporeans, also found that in terms of job and workplace satisfaction, more than 50 per cent of the respondents indicated that they were motivated, happy and likely to remain in their jobs.

While pay did factor in, the smile factor in workplace satisfaction were the relationships with co-workers and supervisors.

When it came to the pull factor in switching jobs, working dads paid more attention to career and job security while working mums picked family features such as flexi-work schemes and pro-family companies and policies.

However Ms Toh Hwee Tin, Director of NTUC U Family pointed out: “A family-friendly workplace with flexible work arrangements should not be viewed as a mummy’s workplace privilege. It is a working families’ need."

Armed with the survey results, the Labour Movement is introducing a set of Family-friendly Workplace Criteria that companies can use as a yardstick on where they are at in terms of family-friendly workplace practices.

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