Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, more people are longing for work-life balance.
Although working from home (WFH), many employees were still replying to emails or held meetings beyond the stipulated working hours. The situation has added stress to them.
This explains why 66% of Malaysian respondents, or two in three, of a survey by Randstad say they are experiencing a higher level of stress since the pandemic began and they want to make changes to their working lives.
A total of 64% of the respondents, or three in five Malaysians, have seriously reassessed how work fits into their personal schedules over the past 18 months.
Close to 50% of them prefer more flexibility to accommodate their commitments outside of work and 64% want a safer work environment. The survey covered 34 markets globally with a minimum of 800 respondents in each market.
It said WFH and the movement restrictions during the pandemic have deprived many employees of social activities that allowed them to unwind after a hard day’s work.
Career priorities have also changed, with many of the respondents valuing a working environment that promotes employee well being and flexibility. The survey indicates that more than half of the employees want an opportunity to do meaningful work.
They need support from their employers to manage their workloads and help prevent burnout as they return to the office environment.