Employees in Malaysia unwilling to take pay cut for remote work

Employers are also urged to set clearer policies on flexible work to develop more comprehensive workforce strategies.
By: | November 7, 2022

While six in 10 employees in Malaysia say that they want employers to offer hybrid work as a benefit to improve their work-life balance, only 37% are willing to take a pay cut to work remotely, according to a survey by Randstad.

Randstad Malaysia country director Fahad Naeem said the company encouraged HR professionals to clarify their flexible work policy to help improve overall organisational work-life balance.

“Flexible working should not mean everyone is available 24 hours, seven days a week. If employees end up working more hours for the same salary because of poor communication, it is likely that they will leave for another company as well,” Fahad said.

“HR professionals should be setting clearer policies on flexible work such as fixing core hours for team activities, reducing the number and frequency of meetings and narrowing communication channels down to a few that work best for the company,” he said.

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Randstad’s Talent Expectations Survey polled more than 1,200 respondents across Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore with a minimum sample size of 300 per market and was conducted between July and September 2022.