Employers are also urged to set clearer policies on flexible working in order to develop more comprehensive workforce strategies.
While six in 10 employees in Malaysia say they want employers to offer hybrid working as a benefit to improve their work-life balance, only 37% are willing to take a pay cut for working remotely, according to a Randstad survey.
Randstad Malaysia country manager Fahad Naeem said the company is encouraging HR professionals to clarify their flexible working policy to help improve overall work-life balance.
“Flexible working doesn’t have to mean everyone is available 24/7. If employees end up working more hours for the same pay because of poor communication, chances are ‘they will also leave for another business,’ Fahad said.
“HR professionals should establish clearer policies on flexible working, such as setting core hours for team activities, reducing the number and frequency of meetings, and reducing communication channels to a few that work best for the business,” he said.
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Randstad’s Talent Expectations Survey interviewed over 1,200 people in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore with a minimum sample size of 300 per market and was conducted between July and September 2022.