SAPPHIRE is an initiative of the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), supported by Workforce Singapore (WSG), developed to help companies transform into progressive lean organisations underpinned by a strong human capital strategy to enhance competitiveness and sustain business growth. This initiative will foster CEO-management and Human Resource (HR) partnership to transform workplaces by integrating productivity, HR and Industrial Relations (IR) practices.
Both SMEs and non-SMEs, which are legally registered or incorporated in Singapore, including societies and non-profit organisations (such as charities and voluntary welfare organizations), can apply for SAPPHIRE programmes.
To drive workplace transformation, SAPPHIRE will provide companies with five workplace transformation programmes (WTP) through their consultancy services. The consultancy services, up to 100 hours, will include diagnosis, development of solutions and interventions, as well as measurement of improvements achieved.
Companies embarking on the WTP can receive 70% subsidy from WSG for up to 100 consulting hours. Companies will pay a net fee of $3,210 (including GST) after subsidy as well as identify a Human Capital Champion to partner SAPPHIRE in developing and implementing any of the five WTP.
Details of the five WTP are listed in table below:
Integrates older workers into a lean multi-generation workforce for sustainable inclusive growth. Program elements include :
Job re-design and re-employment
Workplace health promotion (WHP)
Integrates progressive HR and IR practices into lean management to create sustainable value for the organisation.
Program elements include:
Flexi-work arrangements (FWA)
Lower reliance of foreign manpower
Adoption of Skills Framework
Integrates lifelong learning into the culture of the organisation that continually renews the skills profile of its human capital to build new capabilities for business growth.
Program elements include
Company-wide training roadmap
Personal training plan
Tap on SkillsFuture programmes
Adoption of Skills Framework
Integrates lean management mindset and practices into the operations to reduce wastage of all forms for a sustainable business. Program elements include:
Six-Sigma and Just-In-Time
Business Process Re-Engineering
Quality-Control Circles (QCCs)
New business models that are less labour-intensive
Integrates investments into technology with the culture, skills upgrading and work practices to increase the capacity for growth. Program elements include:
Change work practices
Train workers to handle more machines/technology
Leverage technology to introduce new business models, e.g. ecommerce
SAPPHIRE will also organise supporting activities to help employers sustain their workplace transformation efforts. These activities include:
Masterclasses, Seminars and Workshops on Thought Leadership, Lean Principles and Mindset.
Professional courses to build organisational capabilities; including courses such as Developing a Trust Partnership, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders™ for SME Leaders, Business Innovation Model among others.
Executive Roundtable discussions and brainstorming sessions on organisation transformation
Annual SAPPHIRE Conventions, where outstanding SAPPHIRE projects will be selected for presentation, as well as receive special recognition