According to the World Bank, participation by women in the workforce in Malaysia stands at 46%, which is low by international standards compared to neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. What do you think are the reasons and how can organisations tackle this situation?
Most women would be the ones to give up their careers to take care of the children. If Malaysia is to increase its women workforce, this can be done provided employers could provide child care centres for its women employees.
Gender diversity has become a priority agenda item for policymakers and business leaders internationally. How can gender diversity add value to your organisation? How can it add or improve business and financial performance?
I think it is not an issue of gender diversity in my organisation as we emphasize more in building the right team that is able to execute our business strategies by linking our people, strategy and operations processes. At the end of the day, it is the right person (whether male or female) that has the discipline to execute our strategies that is more important.
Does your organisation have any policy or KPIs emphasising on female talents? What systems or tools has your organisation put in place to attract women on career hiatus to rejoin the workforce?
No we do not have such a policy.
Nowadays, flexible work arrangements (FWA) and support facilities are preferred by women with families. Does your organisation provide these? If yes, can you share more details on these? If not, can you share your and your organisation’s view on FWA and support facilities? Would you propose and implement any of the FWA or support facilities in your organisation? If you do, which will your management team support to take-up?
We had tried to embark on providing support facilities to women with young children such as exploring the possibility of establishing a child care centre for our employees. However, because of stringent rules and regulations from the Welfare Department in the government, it was not possible for us to do so. If there is a conducive place for us to set up a child care centre for our employees, I believe it plays a great deal in talent retention.