PETALING JAYA: Employees need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and ensure they go for regular check-ups to remain productive, said Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan.
Shamsuddin said going for regular check-ups was not a part of the Malaysian culture.
“We only see doctors when we are ill. It’s funny, we regularly service our cars based on mileage but we don’t ‘service’ ourselves.
“If we don’t make this a culture, then it will make things difficult,” he said.
He said the poor utilisation of Socso’s Health Screening Programme (HSP) vouchers and results from the screenings were rather alarming.
Shamsuddin said it was vital for both employers and employees to address the situation and called for an action plan.
“I suggest the eligibility age to receive the HSP voucher be lowered from 40 to those aged 30 years and above,” he said.
He added that the productivity value per employee two years ago stood at RM63,000 per employee but it was RM73,000 now.
He said MEF was targeting a productivity value per employee at RM90,000 by 2020.
Shamsuddin said a healthy workforce, especially skilled employees, was vital to contribute to the nation’s economic growth.
He added that MEF was trying to inculcate a culture of work-life balance for the wellbeing of both employees and employers.
“It’s not just physical health but also emotional and spiritual health.
“We must try to make our work environment as friendly as possible,” he added.
Shamsuddin said MEF was trying to engage in discussions with the Government on introducing community care centres for children and aged parents at residential areas to help ease the burden of employees.