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Working@home – A Guidebook for Working Women and Homemakers

ISBN/ISSN: 983-40372-0-1
Published: Nov 2000
No of Pages: 195
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 X 18.5
Publisher: Corpcom Services Sdn Bhd
Authors: Audrey Fong, Chong Sheau Ching, June and Katherine Yip 

The book aims at promoting the idea of working from home for women who want quality lifestyle, harmonious relationship with family members, self-improvement and economic freedom. Written in four languages, namely English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil. 

“Working @ home” – a guidebook for working women and homemakers provides insights into establishing home office and home-based businesses, based on the writers’ first-hand, push-and-pull experiences as mothers and home-based businesswomen. 

Writers Audrey Fong, Chong Sheau Ching, June Chan and Katharine Yip discuss aspects of decision-making, self-esteem, financial management, establishing and sustaining a home-based business, balancing home office and family life and networking in a most reader-friendly style. The content is complemented by inspirational quotes, attractive illustrations, checklists, case studies and self-evaluation exercises. 


Cost of Work Survey

Introduction

eHomemakers/ Mothers for Mothers carried out this survey towards the end of 2002. The survey participants were 1,076 working men and women in Kuala Lumpur/ Petaling Jaya, Penang, Johor Bahru, Ipoh and the cyber community. This survey reveals the true financial cost of working full time outside the home.

Time spent commuting was converted into Ringgit (the Malaysian currency) according to the monetary value respondents place on the time factor. Each factor is evaluated as a percentage of the respondent�s monthly salary. 

The main objective of this preliminary phase is to investigate the expenses incurred by people who go out to work, i.e. how much of their salaries actually go towards the cost of sustaining their working life. Time spent commuting was converted into Ringgit (the Malaysian currency) according to the value respondents place on this time factor. Each factor is evaluated as a percentage of monthly salary. 

Findings

This survey highlights that a worker sacrifices almost 40% of his/ her monthly salary on fixed working expenses (i.e. Commuting, Time and Babysitting / Maid) and another 30% on self-maintenance (i.e. Working Attire, Office Meals, Cosmetics / Haircare) as a direct result of working outside the home, leaving only 30% for other expenses.


A Study On How Gender Dynamics Affect Teleworkers Performance In Malaysia

Introduction 

This study which took about seven months to complete, evaluates how Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) and gender issues affect the lives of teleworkers. As a testing partner for Asia, we appointed independent consultants to work closely with us to conduct this study. The objective is to address pertinent issues on the usage of ICT from gender perspectives including socio-economic matters, efficiency and productivity; and henceforth determine conditions that enable women to be efficient teleworkers. 

This report outlines the rationale and process involved in developing the appropriate methodologies and indicators, selection of the study team and also participants for the various methodologies. 

Findings 

Teleworking generally improves women’s lives due to time flexibility and ICT usage. The findings also revealed several issues that women encounter while ‘separating family life and work’. 

Empowering Homemakers to become Homepreneurs and eHomemakers through a Gender Governance Framework

With funding from the Pan Asia Networking Small Grant in 2002, a study was conducted on the special members of our pilot project, Salaam Wanita. Most Salaam Wanita members are homebound because of physical disabilities, illnesses or family commitments such as being caregivers to disabled and chronically ill family members. 
Consequently, they are unable to seek employment or business opportunities outside their homes to supplement their family incomes. In addition to discrimination and prejudice from the public, depression resulting from long-term isolation and their lack of self-esteem prevent most of them from seeking income-generating options outside the confines of their homes. 
The barriers that prevent Salaam Wanita members from using ICT and becoming home-based entrepreneurs for economic self-reliance were identified. Findings: The study reveals that women have to go through the 5As Process of Change within the Gender Governance framework to take ownership of knowledge, share information and participate in activities that empower them to work from home.