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Modeling the effects of factors on the willingness of female employees to telecommute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kadar Hamsa, Abdul Azeez and Mustafa, Mootaz Munjid and Ibrahim, Mansor and Mohamed, Mohd Zin and Zahari, Rustam Khairi (2014) Modeling the effects of factors on the willingness of female employees to telecommute in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In: International Conference on Transportation Planning and implementation Methodologies for Developing Countries (11th TPMDC), 10th - 12th December 2014, Bombay, India. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The concept of telecommuting is increasingly gaining attention in the Malaysian context as a means of both easing the worsening peak-hour traffic congestion, and retaining women in the workforce. Moreover, substantial evidence in the literature suggests that telecommuting is more suited to women who when compared to men, experience more work/non-work role conflict and more career interruptions (Schreiber, 1999). However, the incidence of actual telecommuting among female employees in Kuala Lumpur remains to be very limited. A survey of 454 women employed in the industries of financial intermediation, real estate, education and ICT in Kuala Lumpur, revealed that only 2% of the respondents were practicing telecommuters, and that more than a third (35%) of those who stated their ability to telecommute, were in fact unwilling to utilize that working arrangement if given the opportunity. The main aim of this study is to explore the factors contributing to the willingness to telecommute or the lack thereof. The significance of this study stems from the fact that a better understanding of what influences the willingness to telecommute is a prerequisite for the successful promotion of the practice, and thus reaping its well researched benefits. Job suitability, delay experienced in the morning commute, and the increased usage of Smartphone technology were found to have a positive correlation with the willingness to telework, whereas car ownership, household size, and the negative perceptions towards teleworking were found to have a negative correlation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 3877/40181
Uncontrolled Keywords: Teleworking, willingness, female employees, Kuala Lumpur.
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Azeez Kadar Hamsa
Date Deposited: 24 Dec 2014 17:47
Last Modified: 23 May 2018 12:27
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/40181

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