The Leave-sharing scheme was introduced as a human resource policy measure in 2004 to help employees cope with the economic downturn. The idea is that employees must share their annual leave credits with colleagues who urgently need such leave during some critical or emergencies. The Leave-Sharing Scheme is a government-led initiative to allow employees to donate rest to one another when one employee suddenly needs a long-term medical break. The scheme is designed to be administered by the appointing authority at the workplace, where it will verify employees’ qualifying service and will endorse loans of leave against future entitlement. The leave-sharing scheme provides employees with the opportunity to help a colleague during an urgent personal crisis such as illness or accident by making use of their own earned paid annual leave. The leave-sharing scheme seeks to promote greater employee welfare and team spirit.