KUALA LUMPUR: The pioneer Works Ministry programme to allow some of its staff to work from home has been found to be successful, Works Minister Works Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said.
However, based on initial feedback, Shaziman said some of them said they felt "lonely" in working from home.
"Some of them are also married couples working in the same department.
"One spouse didn't want her husband to work at home alone with their maid," he told Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP- Kepong).
Earlier, Shaziman told Matulidi Jusoh (BN - Dungun) that 39 ministry staff was picked to take part in the pilot project for three months from January 1 this year.
The project was created to find out whether it could help increase productivity and output among government workers.
"The findings from the programme revealed that participants were happy and satisfied with the scheme.
"For example, the productivity levels of draughtsmen and quantity surveyors who worked at home increased to 90% and 100% on average respectively.
"The new programme also helped reduce operational costs in the relevant departments by about RM8,000 in the form of utility and office rental bills.
"The Government has agreed to allow the extension of the programme from time to time," he added.
To a supplementary question, Shaziman said the work achievement of workers in the work-from-home programme would be even greater with the implementation of the high-speed broadband programme.
"The broadband connection will enable ease of communication between the staff and the office, while transfer of data can be made within a shorter time," he added.
Shaziman said the work-from-home programme had been implemented successfully in several multi-national firms including petroleum companies.