Work-Life Harmony

​​​​​What is Work-Life Harmony?  

  • A state where an individual is able to achieve both professional and personal goals.
  • Work" and "Life" are interdependent elements that are increasingly intertwined, given changing demographics and increased pressures from work and family responsibilities.

Why is it i​mportant?

Employees who experience greater work-life harmony tend to be more motivated and productive in their work. Organisations can also expect the following business benefits:

  • Improved retention rates
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Higher levels of engagement
  • Lower absenteeism or sick leave
  • Increased ability to attract talent

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Is your company Work-Life Friendly?

Find out the level of work-life harmony in your organization with diagnostic tools for employers that were developed by the Alliance for Action on Work-Life Harmony (AfA-WLH) with the support of NTUC and Tripartite Partners.  

Diagnostic tools: 
i.  An employer self-assessment to review companies’ provision of work-life support
ii. An employee pulse survey to review employees’ state of work-life harmony

Using these tools, we hope for organisations to:  
  • Perform an internal work-life harmony assessment within the organisation 
  • Understand what constitutes as work-life harmony practices 
  • Embed and implement work-life harmony best practices  
  • Seek continual improvement in work-life harmony within the organisation 
i. Employer Self-Assessment of Work-Life Harmony
This self-assessment tool will provide an overall score based on the different work-life practices implemented in the company.

It consists of
91 Assessment Indicators across 5 Sections: ​
  • Employee Support Schemes 
  • Enhanced Leave Policies 
  • Flexible Work Arrangements ​
  • Communication & Utilisation 
  • Management Support 
Download this​ Guide to WLH Self Assessment Tool ​for step-by-step instructions.​

If you will like to conduct a self-assessment of your company’s work-life harmony, please contact us at

ii. Employee Work-Life Harmony Survey
To support companies in prioritising the well-being of employees and understanding their employees, NTUC U Women and Family, together with EngageRocket, launched a complimentary work-life harmony pulse survey, initiated by the Alliance for Action on Work-Life Harmony (AfA-WLH), supported by Tripartite Partners. 

The survey aims to help companies implement a successful work-life strategy and build a win-win situation for both employers and employees by measuring and improving work-life harmony at workplaces. Employees who experience greater work-life harmony tend to be more motivated and productive in their work while employers tend to see improved retention rates, lower absenteeism or sick leave and increased ability to attract talent. 

To learn more about the survey, please visit EngageRocket’s webpage.   

Tripartite Standard on Work-Life Harmony 

The Tripartite Standards (TS) are a set of good employment practices that all employers should implement at their workplaces. There are nine standards and they each cover various aspects of employment a​reas such as fair recruitment practices, flexible work arrangements, grievance handling process​es, age management and more. ​​

As a Tripartite Standard (TS) adopter, you can use the TS logo in your publicity ​and recruitment materials, giving you a competitive edge. You’ll be seen as an employer of choice, helping you to better attract and retain talent.

NTUC U Women and Family strongly encourage employers to adopt the Tripartite Standard on Work-Life Harmony (TS-WLH), the latest set of TS launched in 2021, to better support employees with caregiving needs.

Other types of TS that employers should adopt to create a progressive work environment include:​