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PUTRAJAYA – Sixty-five staff of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM) have opted for its pioneer flexible working arrangement (FWA) which began on Monday.

Its Minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said 45 female and 20 male staff of the Women Development Department, the Social Institute of Malaysia (ISM) and the Non-Aligned Movement’s Institute for the Empowerment of Women (NIEW) applied to participate in the three-month initiative.

“The heads of department will monitor the quality of their work. We will study the achievements and benefits to share with the ministry, departments and other agencies.

“If the outcome of the pioneer project is encouraging, we will suggest that it not only be implemented in the government ministries, department and agencies, but also by the private sector so that the target of 55 per cent women in the workforce this year is achieved,” she said at a media conference held at the ministry’s monthly gathering here today.

In the work-from-home concept, the officer was given the flexibility to perform his or her duties during working hours outside the office while through the flexible working hours, he or she could go to the office and return according to the choice of working hours, and must attain the total 38 hours and 30 minutes working time, she said.

Rohani added that the core working hours were from 10 am to 3.30 pm.

“With the modified compressed work week, the staff are given early release by replacing the working hours (a maximum of four hours) before the facility is given.

“Of the 65 people, nine opted to work from home, 31 went for the flexible working arrangement, while 25 took the modified compressed work week,” she said, adding that the FWA was created to maintain the work-family balance. – BERNAMA

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