TL;DR – Wage increments for all workers average 8%.
Heard of Yunomori Onsen Spa?
I first came across the brand in Bangkok and when it finally opened its door in Singapore at Kallang Wave mall, I was very excited.
For $38, you can soak yourself in the mineral-rich hot and cold baths – very similar to what you would get in Japan.
This Japanese onsen experience is partly made possible with NTUC’s Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP). When Yunomori came to Singapore, they had approached the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) to see how they can increase productivity at their outlet.
Productivity at the workplace need not be limited to just offices. It can be extended to factories, retail shops and even F&B establishments.
At Yunomori, previously, a staff member would have to patrol the premises by foot, typically spending 30 minutes for each round. By installing a CCTV system, more areas can now be covered simultaneously, with lesser staff needed to maintain security remoteIy. Retrieval and playback of security surveillance videos now only take just 10 minutes, increasing productivity levels by 66%.
Also, the water temperature has to be constantly monitored and changed regularly for hygiene reasons. It would take employees 420 minutes to manually change the water in the pools everyday but by investing in the Bibra Blower Bath Filtration system, the spa is able to maintain optimum conditions, such as temperature, for its 11 pools while also actively cleaning the water. Workers are now only required to change the bath water weekly and taking just 45 minutes total.
Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP)
The Inclusive Growth Programme was launched by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) in 2010 to catalyse industry re-development, promote inclusive growth and to ensure sharing of productivity gains with workers through higher wages.
With $100 million in the programme, it gives companies up to 50% funding for initiatives to drive productivity improvements, on the basis that the savings are then shared with employees through wage increments.
These gains are then shared with employees through wage increments. At Yunomori, the systems have since benefited 33 workers and this means that employees in the process of receiving wage increments of an average of 8%.
For more information on the Inclusive Growth Programme (IGP), you can visit e2i.com.sg/IGP.