Supporting our people to balance family life with work commitments is high on the agenda for SThree.
Many employers in the APAC region do not have a cohesive recruitment policy in place targeted at returning mothers. Additionally, as childcare can be relatively expensive, not all families are able to afford the rising costs, giving them less incentive to return to work.
SThree APAC wants to promote a career with no limits for all our employees. We strive to cultivate a workplace culture that is mutually supportive of our working parents’ needs through our bespoke schemes and policies across the region.
Enhanced Maternity Scheme
One of the features of our Enhanced Maternity Scheme is the buddy system which provides support to employees expecting a baby for the duration of the pregnancy, maternity leave and return to work. Since the launch of the scheme, 84% of female SThree employees taking maternity leave have returned to work and that runs across the junior, mid-level as well as senior roles.
In addition, flexible working arrangements which balance service requirements with an individual’s personal needs are also negotiable with respective managers.
We spoke with a couple of mums from the Singapore office, who shared with us their journey in transitioning back to work.
“Being a mum is absolutely great, besides the lack of sleep and non-stop nappy changing! The transition back to work for me was very smooth and not as hectic as I thought it would have been. I’ve got lots of support from my manager, and all my colleagues in the Singapore office who look out for me. I was also given the flexibility to work from home, and the option to leave early from work when the need arises. This has thankfully given me the opportunity to manage my responsibilities at home. Overall, thanks to this arrangement, it helped me a lot in easing back to work.” – Andrea Ang, Billing, Md Specialist & Credit Control
“Being my first pregnancy, I was naturally a bit nervous about returning to work as I’ve heard many stories about the separation anxiety mothers have. I was mostly concerned about maintaining a work-life balance as it meant a lot to me to still do well in my job which is frankly a demanding and challenging job, yet still be able to get home in time to see my baby before he goes to bed. Much to my surprise though, the transition was a lot smoother than I thought. After a 4.5 month maternity break, I sat with my managers to work out a flexible return-to-work schedule. This allowed me to find a routine which worked between juggling the time spent with my baby and at work.” – Lausanne Lau, Senior Recruitment Consultant (Real Staffing)
Re-entering the workforce after a maternity break is definitely no easy feat, but with SThree’s well-rounded maternity policy, along with the support we offer, it is safe to say that you would be in good hands.
If you would like to find out more about having an exciting and supportive career with no limits, check out our vacancies in APAC.