KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 20 — There is a crucial need for organisations to look into their human resource policies and quickly adapt to the demands of their employees for flexibility in the workplaces, said a member of TalentCorp’s Board of Trustees, Datuk Seri Idris Jala.
He said productivity was at its highest when employees felt that they were motivated and empowered.
“The results of the ‘Life At Work Survey’ confirm this, with 80 per cent of the employers surveyed agreeing that work-life practices contributed to improved productivity,” he told reporters after presenting the awards to the winners at the ‘Life At Work Awards 2017’ here today.
Idris said more organisations in Malaysia were implementing work-life practices in their workplaces.
A recent ‘Life At Work Survey’ by Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp) and Ernst and Young that survey on over 360 employers from key sectors such as education, finance, healthcare , manufacturing, oil and gas and professional services, revealed that 90 per cent of organisations in Malaysia agreed on the importance of offering work-life practices for employees.
He said 47 companies in Malaysia still did not apply the work-life practices mainly because the industry did not permit that kind of practice.
“But I believe when the leadership changes in many of the organisations, we will see those kind of resistance to it will disappear because the main thing here is leadership.
“When leaders believe the future of work has to change to adapt to demands of society and workplace, those things will change and the number of companies to apply the practice will increase,” he said.
Meanwhile, TalenCorp Chief Executive Officer, Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani, said over the past five years, the ‘Life At Work Awards’ had recognised employers and individuals who articulated the best practices in ensuring balance between work and personal life.
“This year, we are seeing even more commitments from companies in addressing flexibility in workplace policies and shift in culture to respond to current and future talent needs, whereby there was an increase of four to 32 companies participating in the award.
“I think the awareness and readiness of the companies are there,” she said.
The winners this year included CIMB Group for Best Malaysian Organisation, PwC Malaysia for Best International Organisation, IHS Markit (M) for Best Lean Organisation and Albern Murty for CEO Champion.