Eat with your Family Day (EWYFD) has increased its frequency to four times since Friday August 31, 2017.
Launched in 2003 by the Centre for Fathering (CFF) and held on the last Friday of each school term, EWYFD seeks to encourage organisations to allow employees to leave work early at 5pm to enjoy a meal with their children and families. In addition, we encourage each participant to invite one other organisation to take this on as a NEW initiative in their calendar year.
Kindly furnish us with details if your school/organisation practises EWYFD on an organisation level regularly. Your initiative serves as an encouragement for other companies to do likewise.
EWYFD is now a quarterly event on the last Friday of the school term. The EWYFD dates for 2022 are as follows:
- 11 March 2022
- 27 May 2022
- 2 September 2022
- 18 November 2022
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
Here are some suggestions for activities for more family fun on Eat With Your Family Day:
- Brainstorm recipe ideas and cook a meal together
- Go for a picnic
- Play board games or charades
- Go for a nature walk
- Do a large jigsaw puzzle
- Create a family artwork
- Get to know each other with the “Knowing Me Knowing You” card game. Email email@example.com to request for a set
Hear why companies are taking part in EWYFD
“While we implemented Work-from-Home measures for the safety of our employees and their families, we also acknowledge that dedicated time should be set aside for them to spend quality time with their loved ones during this very challenging time. This gesture by EWYFD is a timely token of appreciation for the sacrifices they make to ensure our continued operations while making sure everyone is safe.”
– Haryati Hassan, Executive Director, MMW Shared Services
“Eat With Your Family Day is an excellent initiative from the Center for Fathering. It brings the family together from the busy schedule to create a special bond that we missed out on our hectic schedule. Sitting down as a family to have meals, also helped the commuters/working parents to reduce the tension and strain from long hours at the office.”
– Elphia Wong, LPSQ Officer, BSM Singapore
“Here at Etiqa, we believe that family support is instrumental in reducing work stress and facilitating productivity. With this in mind, our company practices EF2F — Early Friday 2 nd Friday — to allow staff to return home early the second Friday of each month for dinner with their family. This arrangement boosts staff moral while creating a culture of good work-life balance in the company.”
– Collin Sta Maria, Head of Human Capital, Etiqa Insurance Pte Ltd.
“As a family-friendly company, CDL recognises that employees can be more productive and effective at work when they are able to harmonise family and work responsibilities. Over the years, we implemented a series of other initiatives and schemes to foster a family-friendly work culture. Eat With Your Family Day has become an integral part of our family-friendly initiatives. Since 2012, we have also increased the frequency of this initiative to four times a year to encourage employees to leave work earlier to have dinner with their family.”
– Steven Tan, Chief Human Resource Officer, City Developments Ltd
“With my husband and I working full-time in office jobs, we seldom get to have family dinners together as our kids usually have their meals by 6pm. I really appreciate that CDL grants us an early release of 1.5 hours every quarter on the last Friday of the school term. This allows our family to get together and have a good meal and brings us closer as a unit. It has become such a joy that my children look forward to Eat with Your Family Day and will constantly remind us when the date draws near!”
– Loh Ferng Lyng, Manager, City Developments Ltd
“At Eu Yan Sang, we not only believe our people are a key contributor to our success, but also that their families inspire them to be the best they can be. “Eat With Your Family Day” allows us to recognise both our staff and their families. We started this in 2018, as one of many family-friendly programs that we offer, including staggered working hours and a lactation room, among others. These supportive practices provide our staff greater work-life balance and strengthen Eu Yan Sang’s ability to attract and retain talent, as well as improve employee engagement and morale.”
– Aaron Boey, Group Chief Executive Officer, Eu Yan Sang International Ltd