On Dec 13, WBG Singapore staff and the Family Network organized a year end party with a turnout of nearly 200 people. It was the biggest in person event of the year, where one corner of the WBG office floor was turned into a children’s fairyland with a magician, balloonists, and face painters, and another corner catered a wide selection of delicious local and international buffets, and heartwarming chat surrounded the air. It was an event to remember with so many smiling faces, happy children, and a community united in festivity.
We recently had the opportunity to participate in two interactive, cultural awareness events. One event focused on acumen and awareness to navigate and adapt across cultures. The other event, jointly sponsored by the WBG Multicultural Families EBRG and WBG Family Network, focused on preserving one’s family culture(s) while navigating multicultural environments. As one event leader noted, ‘we don’t change our deep values from childhood, we change our behaviors’. The question of behaviors – how best to preserve one’s family cultural experience, or adapt behaviors to a new setting, or adopt local cultural norms outright – is one that our families address daily. We hope that you are finding the WBG Family Network a community of kindred spirits with meaningful events that support and empower you, as you navigate across cultures.
We have two important announcements for our members:
WBG HR has expanded Mental Health Benefits
“In support of the WBG’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and ongoing priorities to foster a more supportive, trusting, and mentally healthy workplace, we have improved our medical plans to enhance access to mental health services for all staff and their families.” Please CLICK HERE for information on this very important benefit to WBG families. More details are available on the WBG intranet site that can be accessed by WBG staff.
Save the Date! The WBG Family Network is relaunching the highly valued Teen Summer Program .
Please watch for the official Summer 2023 TSP Program announcement early February!
Sara and Mary