How to implement staggered working and break hours at workplace?

Employers must implement staggered working and break hours to reduce possible congregation of employees at all common spaces, including entrances, exits, lobbies, canteens and pantries.


The staggered working hours must be implemented over at least three 1-hourly blocks, with not more than half of the employees reporting to work within each 1-hour block. For example, if the normal working hours are from 9am to 6pm, employers could stagger employees’ reporting times at one-hour intervals between 7.30am and 10.30am (e.g. 7.30am to 8.30am, 8.30am to 9.30am and 9.30am to 10.30am), with corresponding staggered timings for end of work. Timings of lunch and other breaks must also be staggered.


Where possible, reporting and ending times should not coincide with peak-hour travel, especially if employees require the use of public transport.


If it is not feasible to implement staggered working and break hours due to operational reasons (e.g. manufacturing production line activities), employers must implement other systems to reduce congregation of employees at common spaces (e.g. arrange for different groups of employees to arrive/depart through different entrances/exits).