Women want flexible hours to juggle work and family

KUALA LUMPUR: Having flexible working hours is one of the aspirations under the National Transformation 2050 (TN50) agenda voiced by many women as this would allow them to flourish at the workplace and home, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He noted that women did not want to be caught in a situation where they had to choose between family and work.

"The future workplace is rapidly changing and by using the technology we don't need to have a 9 am to 5 pm presence anymore. We're talking about flexible work arrangements.

"We're also talking about companies offering people to work from home and women and men taking leave, whether for any family commitment or taking a sabbatical, and coming back without losing their seniority," he said during a session at the Women in Politics Kuala Lumpur 2017 (WIPKL 2017) international conference here today.

The event was held in conjunction with the 2017 Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre from Dec 5 to 9.

Khairy, who is Umno Youth chief, said workers were more effective, productive and efficient when they were able to strike a balance between their family life and work, besides being able to engage in activities outside their professional life.

He said other feedback gleaned from women for TN50 was that they would like to see a low crime rate and be able to go about their lives safely even at night and also being treated equally and with dignity. — Bernama