COVID-19 has caused a great change in what employees worldwide expect in their work environment. Some Malaysians too are reexamining their employment needs and what they look for in their careers. Competitive salaries, work-life balance, mentorship, career growth and purpose in their jobs are among the factors that jobseekers now prioritise in a movement that will disrupt traditional work cultures.
When the pandemic struck, it exacerbated what was already a demanding work situation. In 2019, Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality survey found that the Malaysian workforce was stressed and sleep deprived, with 51% of employees suffering from at least one dimension of work-related stress.