Malaysian Millennials : Work-life Balance Not A Priority

Malaysian Millennials : Work-life balance simply not a priority

Results from the recent Randstad Award 2016

Kuala Lumpur | While Millennials around the globe clamour for better work-life balance and flexibility in the workplace, it appears that Millennials in Malaysia prefer a more traditional workplace.


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According to the recent Randstad Award 2016 research results :-

  • nearly half of Millennials aged 18 to 24 in Malaysia (45 percent) stated that they preferred to stick to standard work hours;
  • this was even higher than employees aged 25 –  44 and 45 – 65 of which 40 percent and 39 percent stated a preference for standard work hours respectively;
  • this sentiment around standard work hours was stronger in Malaysia than in both Singapore and Hong Kong of which 29 percent and 28 percent respectively stated that they had a preference for standard work hours.

Telecommuting was not a top priority for Malaysian Millennials either.

Telecommuting was not a top priority for Malaysian Millennials either. Nearly a third of all employees in this age group, 28 percent, stated that they would prefer to work in the office every workday in lieu of telecommuting occasionally.

Ryan Carroll

Ryan Carroll

This was similar to employees aged 25 to 44 of which 28% stated a preference for working in the office as did 30% of employees aged 45 to 65.Singaporean and Hong Kong Millennial employees only had 24% and 26% respectively state that they would want to work in the office every day.

Ryan Carroll, Country Director of Randstad Malaysia noted, “The results revealed from the Randstad Award report are truly unexpected. The emergence of work-life balance as a top priority for Millennials around the world is well known, yet despite this, Millennials in Malaysia have voiced out that this is not as important to them.”

“The preference for a more traditional workplace could stem from the weak Malaysian economic outlook that has Millennials more concerned about securing and retaining a job rather than worrying about benefits such as flexible work schedules,” Ryan said.

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The Randstad Award is based on the outcome of the world’s largest survey into employer branding. The extensive research surveys over 200,000+ respondents across different age groups, gender and educational levels, and covers 75 percent of the global economy. Shell Malaysia was named the most attractive employer in Malaysia at the Randstad Award 2016. The award, held on  28 April, was the first ever for Malaysia and the 16th edition globally. Celebrating the inaugural launch in Malaysia and its 16th edition globally, the Randstad Award is presented each year to the most attractive employer in 25 countries across the globe.

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