July 6, 2022

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Malaysian employers say no to 4-day work week as a result of it would elevate prices

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we will nonetheless be productive at work regardless of not being bodily current on the workplace.

Latest work experiments happening in Japan have additionally proven that shortening the work-week from 5 days all the way down to 4 may additionally end result with elevated productiveness, and normal office happiness.

Nonetheless, some employers in Malaysia really feel the nation is not ‘prepared’ for it but.

Much less work days, increased prices.

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In keeping with Federation of Malaysian Producers (FMM) president Soh Thian Lai, most employers within the nation (particularly SMEs) simply aren’t prepared for a four-day work week. He additionally claimed that the quantity of public holidays, maternity depart, sick depart, and comparable days-off supplied in Malaysia already averages out the work week to 4 days.

“Because it stands at present, an worker working 5 days per week is successfully working a median of about 4 days every week after bearing in mind the various public holidays, sick depart, maternity or paternity depart, and others,” he stated.

“As such, decreased hours per week or a four-day week shouldn’t be required.”

Even when that had been the case (although we won’t precisely confirm the maths), one more reason Soh cited towards a four-day work week was the excessive price it might entail for employers. Utilizing 24/7 manufacturing facility operations for instance, Soh stated any work carried out past the 4 days would imply extra extra time.

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“Somebody, on this case, the patron, must bear the prices of recent hours of labor, which can be handed on to the services and products that the industries present,” he stated.

Once more, placing concentrate on sectors that require bodily presence on the manufacturing flooring, Soh argues that not even work-from-home or hybrid work preparations can be efficient. If something, it’d put extra stress on staff to work extra time.

“We have to have a transparent understanding and decide clear baseline measures akin to corporations’ revenues, staff’ productiveness, carbon footprint, and others underneath the current hours of labor in Malaysia and examine these with the proposed adjustments to the shorter work hours.

“Till and until an in depth examine is undertaken, Malaysia mustn’t embark on this new hours of labor association as it might end in a disastrous final result,” he stated.

If the manufacturing sector had been to shorten its work week, Soh thinks it might solely be attainable with extra automation happening on manufacturing flooring. Nonetheless, automation in Malaysia continues to be very a lot in its infancy. Till then, the five-day work week is right here to remain.

Nonetheless, these phrases come from FMM, which is successfully a union for employers, not staff. Naturally, price can be emphasised within the four-day work week debate.

Elsewhere, four-day work weeks have proven nice promise.

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Staff at Microsoft Japan started working 4 days every week in the summertime of 2019 – whereas nonetheless incomes their common five-day work week salaries. The end result? A 40-percent productiveness enhance. The expertise large additionally reported huge financial savings, decreasing electrical energy prices by 23 p.c and printing practically 60 p.c fewer pages.

Over in Belgium, staff are allowed to opt-in to a four-day work week in the event that they really feel it matches their wants higher. Their employers can solely reject this request if they’ve a adequate motive to. Moreover, staff can select to disregard any after-hours telephone calls from their employers with out worrying concerning the repercussions. Successfully, all work-related issues haven’t got a spot throughout private hours.

Maybe Malaysian employers will see the advantage of this if, you already know, they provide it a go?

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