Unimas holds ‘Work hard, play hard’ campaign in time for Labour Day
By Jude Toyat
CULTIVATING A HEALTHY WORK-LIFE balance is key to creating more productive individuals in the workplace and more enriched lives in the home.
In January 2015, the Kelly Global Workforce Index (KGWI) conducted by Kelly Services in the United States entitled ‘Worker Preferences and Workplace Agility’ found that workers in Malaysia prefers a balance between life and career compared to getting a higher salary or career advancement. The survey covered 230,000 respondents in 31 countries in America, Europe and Asia Pacific.
The study also found that nearly two thirds (67%) workers in Malaysia believe that balance between life and career are more appealing to them than being paid a high salary, compared to 57% in Singapore and 65% in China.
“At the same time, 54% of workers in Malaysia are more interested in being paid a higher salary with flexible working schedule compared to 45% in Singapore and 38% in China. This proves that the work-life balance for us is very important,” said Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Datuk Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, who believes that work-life balance should be made a priority for those who are currently working or even those who will be involved in the employment sector in the future.
“The ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ campaign is a good platform for students to identify their talents, expand their capabilities, as well as to improve their knowledge and thus producing highly skilled and quality undergraduates,” she said at the launch of the two-day campaign organised by final year students of the Human Resource Development programme at University of Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas).
Organising and running the campaign enabled the students to learn about event management, fostering cooperation within a team of students, as well as providing them the opportunities to gain knowledge in balancing their lives and career in the future.
“Family is the most basic and most important unit in the society formation process. If the family is good, peaceful and happy, the society it produces will also be the same. If the family institution is bad and separated, the social and economic impact will also be felt by the public and the next generation.
“Thus, a good family institution also ensures better development and progress of a country,” Rohani added.
Various activities were set up for the two-day campaign including lectures from external agencies (Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency, and National Population and Family Development Board), Zumba Dance, blood donation, health screenings, as well as presentation of posters by students.
More photos from the ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ campaign at Unimas which ran from April 30 to May 1: