by AZALEA AZUAR / pic by TMR FILE
MORE than half of Malaysians (55%) are planning to stick with their current employers in the long run following their motivating experience working with these employers during the pandemic.
According to a study from human resources (HR) solutions agency Randstad, Malaysia ranks the highest in the region followed by Singapore (37%), Hong Kong (34%) and Mainland China (33%).
The Randstad 1H (first half) 2021 Workmonitor survey highlighted that local employers have proactively implemented safety and welfare measures since the beginning of the pandemic.
The top five initiatives that Malaysian employers have implemented for their workers since the start of the pandemic are strict and clear protocols for on-site and remote working (65%); policies to enable workers maintain a healthy work-life balance (43%); regular surveys of their employees’ wellbeing and organisation’s perception (32%); more training around technology (26%); and support programmes to help their employees improve their skills or to adapt to the new work environment and job market (20%).
Randstad Malaysia head of operations Fahad Naeem said the safety and wellbeing of employees have been weighing on everyone’s minds as the nation battles the Covid-19 cases.
“During this period of time, we have seen many firms implement strict workplace protocols and policies, as well as programmes to engage and upskill their workers.
“These initiatives have given employees more reasons to stick by their employer through good and bad times,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Fahad also advised employers to genuinely care for their employee’s welfare during these challenging times.
“They should not only take time to reach out for work purposes, but also on a personal level in dealing with the pandemic and providing support for their mental and physical wellbeing.
“The resurgence of new Covid-19 cases has proved that minimising commute and physical interactions are critical in keeping people safe.
“Instead of waiting for cases to dip below a certain threshold to return to work, employers should implement long-term HR policies to adjust to the new way of work,” Fahad said.
This would include developing a highly integrated work-life balanced environment, as well as new engagement opportunities and initiatives to help employees adjust into the new normal.
According to the survey, 37% of local respondents who are currently working from home found it difficult to maintain a work-life balance.
Although 43% of employers have initiated HR policies on working hours, 39% of respondents still hoped their employers would implement more of such policies to support their professional development and job stability.
Thirty-nine percent of the respondents wished their employers would provide allowance for remote working, 33% would like to have support programmes to improve their skills, while 26% wished there were financial assistance programmes for workers who must spend more of their income for childcare and other family obligations.
Fahad said organisations could also offer online training programmes to upskill their employees if they want to improve their brand reputation and perception.
The Randstad 1H 2021 Workmonitor survey was conducted across 34 markets globally with a minimum of 400 respondents in each market.
It highlights the greatest concerns and challenges candidates are currently facing in the employment market.