Working and Playing as a Family
On 7 September 2012, Singapore Customs staff and their families had double the fun at the Tots@Work and Fun'Dival events, contributing to a good cause while letting their
KIDS AT WORK"What is this world?" Four-year-old Ashton Chng asked in wonder as he stepped into the level six offices at Revenue House, clutching the hand of his mother Ms Angie Teo, Head of Organisational Excellence and Planning Branch.
The "world" was Singapore Customs headquarters, and the occasion was the annual Tots@Work event, a boisterous affair where Customs staff brought their children to work for an afternoon of fun and games.
Besides touring the offices, the little ones were treated to story-telling, sand-art, balloon-sculpting, face-painting and even a workshop on managing money. Staff also brought their spouses and family members to take part in the festivities.
CHARITY BAZAARWhile the kids made merry with their families, other Customs staff were not left out. Beside Tots@Work, the Fun'Dival charity bazaar was held to raise funds for The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund for the second year running.
Customs staff based in different locations, such as the various checkpoints and Customs Operations Command at Keppel Road, joined forces to set up stalls selling snacks and offering games such as mini-golf. Some even showcased their entrepreneurial skills, enlisting the help of children to charm staff into buying packets of sweets and stationery. Over $3,200 was raised for charity.
The events transformed the usually quiet offices of Singapore Customs into a buzzing hive of activities. The atmosphere was warm and convivial as staff played with their colleagues' children while trading parenting tips.
Such activities are organised to foster family and staff bonding. In Singapore Customs, work-life harmony is at the core of its desired organisational culture and is supported by a holistic framework of human resource policies. For example, staff can opt for flexible-work arrangements like working from home, take half an hour off for exercise once a week, and benefit from exam leave if they are doing part-time studies.