Employers to plan for manpower shortages as Omicron wave hits

SINGAPORE: The multi-ministry taskforce tackling the Covid-19 pandemic in Singapore has called on employers to prepare Business Continuity Plans as the country sees a sharp rise in Omicron cases.

Short-term manpower shortages, service disruptions and regular Covid-19 testing are some of the issues that employers will need to be prepared for during this time.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has announced a series of measures for employers dealing with redeployment amongst their workforces, as well as temporary policies covering leave and salary arrangements in the event of staff absences.

Some of the measures advised include: training employees for potential redeployment in other tasks; developing policies on leave and salary arrangements, should a temporary suspension of operations be needed; preparation for greater reliance on work-from-home arrangements; and development of communications plans to keep stakeholders informed of changing circumstances.

MOM urges both employees and employers to work together during this period of elevated daily cases.

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