PKWA Family Lawyers  Lim Chong Boon and Sheila Cheng comments in the Straits Times article titled “What a post-Covid-19 office might look like”

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PKWA FAMILY LAWYERS QUOTED IN THE STRAITS TIMES

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PKWA Family Lawyers  Lim Chong Boon and Sheila Cheng comments in the Straits Times article titled “What a post-Covid-19 office might look like”

The article was first published on 26 July 2020.

Below is an excerpt from the article which features comments from PKWA Family Lawyers Lim Chong Boon and Sheila Cheng:

Singapore – As part of safe-management measures for businesses, employers here must ensure that employees who have been working from home continue to do so.

Employees should return to the office only when it is demonstrably necessary, such as to access specialised terminals or dedicated machines, or complete a contract or transaction that is legally required to be done in person and on-site.

Globally, more people are working remotely, resulting in smaller offices and fewer workers in them.

Since the outbreak, many firms in Singapore have also seen the emergence of a company culture which is less office-centric.

While experts expect workplaces to become smaller in the future, law firm PKWA Law Practice is bucking the trend for now. Its office at the HDB Hub building in Toa Payoh expanded in May, when it took over an adjacent office unit so its desks could be more spaced out.

Mr Lim Chong Boon, a director at the firm, says the move was to ensure a safe working environment for its more than 100 employees. But looking ahead, he believes there will be less of a need for office space.

“Our lawyers already conduct video hearings and video meetings from home, where possible,” he adds.

For example, Ms Sheila Cheng, a family and divorce lawyer at the firm performs tasks such as drafting legal documents and answering clients’ e-mails from her apartment in Bukit Timah.

“Working from home gives me greater flexibility, say, to prepare a simple lunch in my kitchen, or take short breaks during the day so I can focus better,” says the 28-year-old.

“Although there are inconveniences, such as having to wait for colleagues to answer a WhatsApp message, instead of being able to simply walk up to their desks, it does seem like the office of the future can be a home office.”

Ms Sheila Cheng, a family and divorce lawyer at law firm PKWA Law Practice, working from her apartment. PHOTO: SHEILA CHENG

Ms Sheila Cheng, a family and divorce lawyer at law firm PKWA Law Practice, working from her apartment.

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Full article can be found here.

Source:  The Straits Times

Author:  Benson Ang

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