Group wants policy on working from home

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Jul 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Puspanita (Association of Female Public Service Officers and Wives of Civil Servants) plans to submit a resolution for the Women and Family Development Ministry to draw up a policy for women to work from home. 

Puspanita vice-president Datik Mardhiah Mohd Zin said the aim was to get employers to come up with their own in-house policy to allow women to work from home. 

She said the concept of having women work from home using information communication technology (ICT) was not new in Malaysia but employers were reluctant to allow it. 

“Non-forward thinking employers frown at the idea of allowing their female staff to work from home when it is possible to do so now with ICT. 

“They are not open to the idea because they think that this way, they can't measure the staff's productivity,” she said yesterday at the soft launch of the Malaysia ICT Week 2003 from Sept 2 to 6. 

Mardhiah said the resolution would call for single women, and those with families, to be allowed to work from home. 

“For married women, they can work and at the same time, continue playing their traditional role of taking care of the household. Single women can make full use of ICT and work from home as we want to inject elements of professionalism into the Sofo (small office from office) concept,” she said.  

Mardhiah said that in parts of the world such as the United States and Britain, this concept was being practised very well and staff productivity was not affected. 

“I know of only one company here (an oil and gas company) which has a policy (allowing) female staff to work from home,” she said, adding that in Malaysia, women who worked from home usually did internet-based business. 

She said Puspanita would come up with the resolution at the Puspanita IT Conference to be held during the Malaysia ICT Week on Sept 4.  

The conference will be themed ICT and Women@ Work. Women and women's groups have been invited to work together with the association to adopt a resolution on the issue. 

“The conference aims to create awareness among women to be involved in ICT industries and use ICT as a tool for conducting various activities especially home-based business and e-learning,” she said. 

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