Employees more open to contract work as more seek work-life balance

People are re-evaluating their career decisions in their pursuit of their professional and personal development 

by AUFA MARDHIAH / pic by TMR FILE PIX

SOME 88% of Malaysians feel empowered to improve work-life balance due to working from home, according to Randstad’s second half of 2021 (2H21) Workmonitor survey. 

The survey also stated that in the past 18 months, more than three out of five Malaysian respondents had re-evaluated the way they work according to their personal schedules in large numbers or more. 

Two out of three respondents said they had experienced higher levels of stress since the outbreak began and wanted to make changes to their work lives. 

“People are re-evaluating their career decisions in their pursuit of their professional and personal development as well as to understand their role in the changing world of work. For example, contracting job opportunities are becoming more attractive as employees get the chance to work in different environments and develop their skills quickly,” Randstad Malaysia head of operations Fahad Naeem said. 

He added that contract roles also offer a higher level of flexibility where they can negotiate their working hours or take breaks between their contracting stints to rest. 

In addition, the survey also reported that 94% of respondents want more flexibility in their jobs and careers following their experiences of the pandemic which leads them to reconsider life priorities and career goals. 

More than four in five respondents said they have more clarity on both their personal 

and professional goals since the start of the pandemic — 64% of respondents want a safe work environment, 52% want the opportunity to do meaningful work and 49% want job flexibility to accommodate commitments outside of work. 

“Working from home and Covid-19 restrictions have deprived many employees from participating in social activities that allow them to unwind after work. Many turned to working extra hours to fill their time at home as well, compromising their wellbeing and mental health in the process,” Fahad said further. 

“Companies should continue to offer support to their staff, even after they return to the office this year, and constantly remind employees to take breaks and manage their workload to avoid burnouts.” 

Randstad’s 2H21 Workmonitor survey was conducted in September 2021 across 34 markets around the world with a minimum of 800 respondents in each market and highlights the workforce’s latest sentiments and perceptions of the local job market. 

Randstad is the world’s largest human resources services company and the talent team in Malaysia supports people who are looking for flexibility in their careers, especially working parents, career switchers or people who just need to take a break from the pandemic without having to pause their career or lose their income security.