Study: 40% Of M’sians Might Resign If Made To Work More At The Office

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Since the start and end of the Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of work flexibility has been thrown into the spotlight, where there has been much debate over its feasibility in the long run.

A recent study carried out by the world’s largest talent agency has revealed that a sizable amount of working Malaysians are ready to call it quits should they be required to spend more time working at the office.

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40% of M’sians might resign if made to work more at the office

According to the study conducted by Randstad, it found that 2 out 5 Malaysians (40%) have said that they would resign if they were made to spend more time at the office.

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This sentiment was particularly strong among younger Malaysians, with Gen Zs (49%) and millennials (47%) voicing strong objection towards inflexible working arrangements, reported NST.

When compared to six months prior, 52% of Malaysians said that they were expected to be at the office more by their bosses, a 17% increase than the global average.

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Randstad Malaysia country director Fahad Naeem said workplace flexibility must cover all aspects, including diverse work arrangements that promote equity. 

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“Despite local employers establishing stricter office attendance requirements, an equitable understanding of flexibility and diversity recognises that the employee experience extends beyond where and when they work,” he said as quoted by the English daily.

Becoming more vocal about job expectations

In a separate study, it found that two in five Malaysians made significant life changes such as moving to the another location or owning a pet in hopes that the flexible work options would remain after the pandemic ended.

During the pandemic, many people discovered they could work just as effectively, or even better, from home. This has shifted their perceptions of office-based work, making long commutes and expensive rent less appealing. 

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“As a result, job seekers are becoming more vocal about their expectations and are even rejecting higher-paying positions that require daily office attendance,” explained Naeem.

On the flipside, 86% of respondents said they favoured working from the office at least three days a week despite remote work options being made more readily.

The study also found that 14% of Malaysians would prefer to work from the office not more than two days a week.

What actually occurs elsewhere

As opposed to Malaysians’ wanting more work flexibility, this isn’t the case elsewhere according to Randstand.

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The talent agency found that one in two respondents indicated that their employers have introduced mandatory five-day office work policies and only 9% work less than two days a week in the office.

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Furthermore, one in 10 respondents said that their bosses do not offer flexible work policies.

Flexible work arrangements not only benefit employees by enhancing work-life balance and autonomy but also have significant advantages for employers.

“By offering these options, organisations can expand their talent pool to include individuals like persons with disabilities and caregivers. This fosters equal opportunities, expands the workforce, elevates employee skills, and contributes to economic growth,” said Naaem.

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