Understanding the Working from Home Concept in Built Environment

By Hasnanywati Hassan, Azlan Shah Ali and Azlan Raofuddin Nuruddin.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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Innovations and new technologies have made it possible for workers to work from the comfort of their home. In Asia, countries such as Japan, Hong Kong and India, working from home (WFH) has been growing in popularity, as most occupations can suitably adopt this concept. It is frequently suggested that WFH will be the future of work for many people in Asia and that trends are already well underway. However, in Malaysia, WFH is still at its infancy especially for the construction industry, and first implemented in 2010 by the nation’s service provider Public Works Department (PWD) towards its thirty-five draftsmen. Findings from the current practise of WFH by PWD and its draftsmen on the application of WFH are also highlighted here through interviews with PWD and draftsmen. The nature of Quantity Surveying (QS) works has been identified in this research for the implementation of WFH. This paper is divided into three sections namely i) requirements and individual characteristics for WFH to be applied to benefit both the organization and employees, ii) the suitability for the implementation of WFH in QS works and iii) benefits and drawbacks of WFH. This research would encourage understanding about the state of WFH acceptability and applications in Malaysia, which would further stimulate action, strategies and promotion of WFH among built environment employment to benefit both parties, organizations and employees. The on-going study is at the initial stage, poised to embark on proposing WFH for Malaysian quantity surveying employment. Technical data and literature reviews were carried out to understand the concept of WFH for the study.

Keywords: Working from Home, Quantity Surveying

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.19-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.146MB).

Dr. Hasnanywati Hassan

Lecturer, Quantity Surveying Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

Dr. Hasnanywati Hassan holds a Diploma in quantity surveying from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, BSC in quantity surveying from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, a MSc in project management from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia, and a PhD in strategic planning from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Dr. Hassan is a member of the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia and The Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia, and has been a registered quantity surveyor in the Malaysian construction industry for 12 years. Currently, Dr. Hassan is a senior lecturer under the Quantity Surveying programme, School of Housing Building and Planning in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. Dr. Hassan’s field of specialization include strategic planning, small and medium organization structure, quantity surveying and firm performance.

Sr Dr. Azlan Shah Ali

Head of Department, Department of Building Surveying, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Azlan Shah Ali holds a Diploma in estate management from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, BSC in building surveying from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia, a MSc in project management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia, and a PhD in building refurbishment from Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. Dr. Azlan Shah Ali is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, UK and The Institution of Surveyors, Malaysia and is currently the head of the department of Building Surveying, School of Built Environment in Universiti Malaya, Penang. Dr. Azlan Shah Ali's field of specialization include project management and costing, building and construction, and facilities management.

Assoc. Prof. Azlan Raofuddin Nuruddin

Associate Professor, Quantity Surveying Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

Azlan Raofuddin Nuruddin is an associate professor in Quantity Surveying programme, School of Housing, Building and Planning. He obtained a Diploma in Quantity Surveying from UTM and then pursued his studies in UK. He received a Bachelor Degree in Quantity Surveying from Glasgow College of Building and a Masters in Construction Management from Heriot-Watt University. He joined USM in 1981. He is a registered quantity surveyor and is currently actively involved in consultancy work in related areas. His areas of interest include works measurement, project management and costing. Professional Membership include A.R.I.C.S., M.I.S.M. M.B.I.M. Registered Quantity Surveyor (Malaysia).