As the year 2020 is coming, it is important to understand how the Public Holidays in Singapore will affect the morale and motivation of the staff and the stakeholders during the year, especially when it comes to periods of long weekends, so as to anticipate the things that might happen during the year. As there is a quote that goes: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Which means that knowing the situation of how your employee will feel during different periods of time, the higher the chances of them working harder for you and the company. Below are the public holidays that we have in Singapore for next year 2020.
01 January 2020 (Wednesday) — New Year
Some of the employees (esp. those with children or family) have just came back from their holidays overseas, and due to the fact that it is the start of the year. Those that have family might have problems coping with their family matters, e.g. sending their children back to school, enrolling the children in school activities, etc. During this period, employees will either have no mood or feeling too tired to work. It is also good during this period NOT to ask the employees to work overtime, but should be focusing on carrying out the initial plans of what they had hoped to accomplish during the coming new year.
25 January 2020(Saturday) – 26 January 2021 (Sunday) – Chinese New Year.
If there are any Chinese employees in the company, DO pay attention to the below advice.
During this period, Chinese employees (overseas) might wish to take this opportunity to go back and visit their relatives overseas, whereas those local Chinese employees might wish to get ready for the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is an important date for Chinese as it is often associated with several myths and customs. This festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors. and the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. A most commonly custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. For more information, regarding this festival, please go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year.
It is important during this period, to discuss about “Bonus” and
also to talk about the commitment and expectation that the company expects them to possess. It is also advisable during these period not to lecture or to talk about anything unpleasant until the festival is over. Also due to the long weekends holidays, it is advisable not to expect them to work overtime until the 10th day of the Lunar Calendar as they might not be committed to do so.
10 April 2020(Friday) – Good Friday
A Special day for the Christians. However nothing else is to observe during this holiday, as this holiday always falls on a Friday except that it is another long weekend. During this period, companies should ideally be carrying out on the second phase of their business plans, Operations.
1 May 2020 (Friday) – Labour Day
Nothing special as well for this Holiday, except that it is best to push the employees to work harder. The holidays are long over and thus everybody should be self-motivated enough to work. However smart employers will try and link this day as a day to remind employees to labour if their target has yet been achieved.
7 May 2020 (Thursday) – Vesak Day
A special day for all the Buddhists and Taoism believers, as it is a day where the Buddha is born to this world. Nothing special as usual, except that during this period, haze may occur and always best to encourage employees to stay healthy and not forgetting about work. An important thing is that since this holiday falls on a Thursday, employees might have the tenacity to take leave during this period and have a long weekend. If your employee usually have a tenacity to slack off after a long holiday, DO NOT grant them the leave.
24 May 2020(Sunday) – Hari Raya Puasa
A special day for the Muslims, nothing special to anticipate except that employers are encouraged to be more understanding towards them especially due to their fasting period, 1 month before this day. During this period, Muslims tend to fast and abstain from food and thus employers are encouraged to be understanding and not expect them to spend too much time on work and also not on work that needs a lot of focusing and attention to it.
31 July 2020 (Friday) – Hari Raya Haji
A special day for the Muslims where they celebrate for their “God”, Nothing much to observe or expect here except that this day falls on a Friday which means another long holiday for them. If your employee is fasting 1 day before, it is quite common, but not mandatory but is wise to allow them to do so. Besides that, keep the company to maintain in full force and move forward towards their business plans.
9 August 2020 (Sunday) — National Day
Nothing special, except being a long holiday, remind them that even though it is a national holiday, it is more important to work hard as it is more rewarding for the country to have a thriving economy than have its citizens celebrating for it.
14 November 2020(Saturday) – Deepavali
A special day for the Hindus as it means the victory of good over evil, whilst lighting Diyas welcomes goodness into the homes and offices. There is nothing special in terms of business wise during this festival, unless you are operating a retail or food industry. During this season, shopping and feasting will be conducted throughout from then all the way to the end of the year. It will be great to attract more customers to buy your products.
However, it is also important to take note that the long school holidays is about to begin. During this period, Parents might be taking their annual leave to bring their children overseas and thus it is important to remind them to finish their work at hand first before clearing their leave.
25 December 2020(Sunday) – Christmas
A time to celebrate and hardly anyone has the mood to work overtime. It is thus the best time to reflect on the performance of each individual personnel and determine any restructuring is needed.