Frequently Asked Questions

LIFE AT WORK is a collaboration between the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development and TalentCorp with the following objectives:

  • Recognises and celebrates employers with leading workplace strategies that demonstrate drive, commitment and tenacity to champion the diversity and inclusion agenda
  • Encourages employers to share their workplace practices that enable their employees to achieve work-life integration

By participating in LIFE AT WORK, companies are able to:

  • Be part of the LIFE AT WORK network of organisations
  • Share and learn best practices from other organisations
  • Obtain opportunities to enhance diversity & inclusive practices
  • Receive acknowledgement for their respective leading diversity & inclusive practices

Organisations must:

  • Offer at least 3 flexible work arrangements
  • Provide at least 2 family-friendly facilities and/or work-life benefits

Flexible work arrangements can be any of the below:

Terms Description
Compressed Work Week Employees are given a chance to work fewer but long work-days
Employee's Choice of Day Off Employees having the ability to plan work schedules and off-days
Flexi Hours Employees given the flexibility to adjust their daily working hours as long as it meets the specified number of hours within the week
Job Sharing Work that is shared between two or more part-time employees
Leaving Work Early Employees ending a normal working day earlier
Project Based Work Hiring a person for a specific project
Reduced / Part Time Work Allowance for employees to work less than standard full-time hours
School Holidays Work Arrangement Parents with school-going children are allowed the option to work from home during school holidays
Seasonal Work Recruitment of additional employees during seasonal/peak periods to cover additional workload
Shift Swapping Allowing shift-workers to trade shifts with each other
Staggered Hours Varying the start and end working hours in a manner that is best for the employees
Telecommuting Allowance to work from home or anywhere other than the office
Weekend Work An allowance for hired part-timers to work specifically on weekends
Career Break / Sabbatical Leave Employees are given a period of time out from employment for various reasons such as family commitment, personal development, professional development etc
Core-to-Support Rotations Employees from core functions are allowed to switch to support functions within an agreed timeframe.
Zero-Hour Contracts A contract between an employer and employee, where the employer is not obliged to provide any minimum working hours. The employee is not obliged to accept any work offered and entitled for employee benefits as usual and is not prohibited from seeking work outside the organisation.
Phased Retirement Employees approaching normal retirement age are allowed to reduce the hours worked while starting to draw retirement benefits or work for the employers in a different capacity after retirement.

To find out more about how to implement flexible work arrangements, contact us at

Below is a list of typical family-friendly facilities and work-life benefits:

Family-Friendly Facilities
Childcare Centre at the Workplace
Nursing / Mother's Room
Carpark for Pregnant Women
Work-Life Benefits
Childcare Subsidy
Extended Maternity Leave
Fully paid maternity leave offered to all expectant and post-natal mothers beyond what is legally required (i.e. 90 days)
Paternity Leave
Support Network

For more information on how to implement such facilities and benefits, contact us at

Yes, all organisations that meet the eligibility criteria may participate. To find out more about the criteria, please visit the Overview page.

TalentCorp also assist organisations in implementing flexible work arrangements, family-friendly facilities, and work-life benefits. Please contact us at for more information.

There are two parts to the submission process:

  • Submit the entry form through the LIFE AT WORK website
  • Submit a 2-minute video that explains how your organisation practices diversity and inclusion and flexible working arrangements

The completed submission form and video submission deadline is 15 August 2017 at 6.00pm GMT +8

There is no fee required to participate in the LIFE AT WORK 2017.

Only one (1) submission form is permitted for each organisation.

The submitted videos will be published on the for public voting which will take place from 17 August 2017 to 25 August 2017. All entries will then be processed and final judging will take place on 28 September 2017 by the LIFE AT WORK panel of judges.

The results will be announced on the event day on Monday, 30 October 2017. Attendance is by invitation. For more information, please contact us at

Participating organisations will be scored according to the following:

No Judging Criteria Weightage (%)
1 Diversity at the workplace 30%
2 Implementation of work-life practices 30%
3 Role model CEO who champions diversity & inclusion 15%
4 Diversity and inclusion initiative which are sustainable and demonstrated outstanding achievements 15%
5 Public voting for video 10%
Total 100%

There are 5 award categories in the LIFE AT WORK 2017. Organisations may be nominated in the following categories:

  • Best Malaysian Organisation
  • Best International Organisation
  • Best Lean Organisation
  • Best Initiative
  • CEO Champion

See the awards page here for more information on the individual awards.

The judging panel for the awards consist of experts from various organisations, with a diverse set of expertise coming from multinational organisations, GLCs, SME and many more. See the full list of LIFE AT WORK 2017 judges here