Are you working too hard? I was reading the article in and was silently giggling at Mr Lim Boon Heng’s rhetoric question. Is it necessary to work such long, late hours? If you are in the IT industry, there’s so much work to be done, so many deadlines, and when you can’t solve something, you… may not be able to go back because there may be a presentation the next day. If you are in the medical industry, you may have to cover someone after your duty for some other reasons. If you are a financial consultant, I’d think that’s worse.

And why is everyone working so hard? Is it because of raising cost of living? Inflation?  More expensive food? Or just preparing for the worst? After all, once school that I know of has a motto that’s synonymous to "The Worst is Yet to Come". Heh… I’m still giggling at the rhetoric question. =P

Just married but no time for honeymoon

Minister Lim Boon Heng says young people are too caught up with work

By Maria Almenoar

MORE Singaporeans may want to get married but some cannot even find the time to enjoy their honeymoon immediately after.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Lim Boon Heng on Friday night said young Singaporeans are too caught up with their work and urge them and their employers to change this work culture.

Citing a newly-wed couple as an example, he said he asked them where they would be heading for their honeymoon and was told that they had to defer it because of work commitments.

‘So work dictates life, and young people seem to be caught up in working long hours,’ said Mr Lim on Friday night at a Mother’s Day dinner organised by the Jurong Central Grassroots Organisations.

‘Is it necessary to work such long, late hours?’ asked Mr Lim who is also MP for Jurong GRC.

Mr Lim encouraged employers and employees to relook the culture of long working hours and be more family-friendly.

‘We should go for high productivity, not long hours,’ he told 900 guests at Orchid Country Club.

A recent survey released by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports on marriage and families, found that more Singaporeans wanted to get married and those who were married wanted more kids.

While this was encouraging, Mr Lim said the real question was whether enough was being done to encourage couples to have more children.

Article obtained from on 9th May 2008

Reader's Comments

  1. Aaron | May 10th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    ‘We should go for high productivity, not long hours,’

    .. Wow! This has got to be one of the statements that made the most sense so far~

    Yet i believe that it is not the employee that wants to work so much, but the employer that dictates that employees finish their work before they leave for home.

    Does he really think people like to work from 8-8 or 8-10pm?

    Or maybe working for long hours has been so ingrained to us by the society that its something that has become expected of us…

    Its a very sad world when newlyweds get married and has no time for honeymoons… is it any wonder divorce rates are so high?

  2. Tianhong | May 10th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    i think government is self-contradicting themselves. anyway i think i’ll juz accept it as a citizen of singapore

  3. Jester | May 10th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    I think they probably don’t understand the stress we’re facing… how do I earn more money if I don’t go for longer hours? worst still, how do I keep my job if I don’t work for longer hours?

  4. Waffle | May 11th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Must be talking about those Auditors and jobs like such…
    Anyway, I believe in High Productivity over Long Hours too…
    I treasure Life more than Work.

  5. Aspiring Scientist | May 11th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    tell that to scientists also. long hours in the lab and if you can’t solve the problem before your funding runs out, then you are screwed left right and centre …

  6. airworm | May 13th, 2008 at 9:12 am

    what a joke..first we have stress from foreign talents who might accept the same jobs as us with lower pay, etc. We have to increase efficiency and productivity to remain competitive and unlike million dollar salaries, many have to make ends meet to barely survive in an inflated environment. We work longer hours because we have successfully attracted US/European companies here, and we have to stay up late at night or come in early in order to have conference calls; work schedules support etc.

  7. _sahirs | May 13th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    some more whining from singaporeans…. yawn… bed time.

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