This paper focuses on the role of the State as a policy maker in the emergence and development of work/non-work policies in the Malaysian public sector organizations. State policies on work/non-work provisions can play an important role in determining the way workers manage their work/non-work lives. Adopting qualitative case study in three public sector organizations in Sabah, Malaysia, findings show that the State, as a policy maker, is the main provider of work/non-work arrangements for public sector workers. It is evident that the role of the State is not just important in terms of providing work/non-work provisions such as maternity / paternity / parental leaves but also in implementing and supporting beneficial work practices and arrangements e.g. flextime and crèche. Although these arrangements were found to be beneficial, particularly for workers with young children in integrating their work-life responsibilities, this study also found that the needs of single workers with parental/siblings commitment were not met by the State. Additionally, familial and communal supports are also expected to be available outside the work environment.
Keywords: Work-life integration; The State; Public sector policy; Workers; Malaysia.
Publication Date : August 31, 2015
|EndNote||%0 International E-Journal of Advances in Social Sciences AN OVERVIEW OF THE STATE INFLUENCES ON WORKERS’ WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION IN MALAYSIA %A Dzurizah Ibrahim %T AN OVERVIEW OF THE STATE INFLUENCES ON WORKERS’ WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION IN MALAYSIA %D 2015 %J IJASOS- International E-journal of Advances in Social Sciences %P 2411-183X-2411-183X %V 1 %N 2 %R doi: 10.18769/ijasos.51674 %U 10.18769/ijasos.51674|