Sunday, April 29

How to Balance Your Life and Your Work – Five Top Tips

In one of my recent articles, I explored work life balance and what it means to individuals. For me, work life balance means “allowing people to have a fulfilled life both in and outside of work”.

For many years, work life balance has been promoted by the government in the UK and millions of pounds have been invested into organisations to help them to implement new laws and guidelines. However, in many cases what has happened in practice has not solved the problem. But what actually is the problem?

According to figures from the National Statistics (UK), the average weekly hours worked were 31.9 in 2006, which is down from 32.9 in 1998. It also indicates that 1 in 4 employees work less than 30 hours per week. In addition, according to the Workplace Employment Relations Survey in 2004, the number of organisations offering flexible working options has increased:

- 26% offered flexitime in 2004, up from 19% in 1998

- 28% offered homeworking in 2004, up from 16% in 1998

- 73% offered parental leave in 2004 up from just 38% in 1998

This indicates that working long hours may not be the main issue, and the challenge for many may lie in reducing stress and pressure at work.

So how can you better balance your work and your life? Follow these tips to help you to find a better balance.

1. Carry out a life review

Take time out to look at where you are currently.

Do you want to carry on working the way you are?

Do you have enough time to spend with your friends and family?

Do you have enough time for your hobbies and leisure time?

Why don’t you keep a time diary for the week or two to check that you have the time to do everything you want to do as well as reviewing where you could better manage your time.

2. Organise your life

Spending time preparing what you want to achieve can help you to better manage your time both in your job and your life. Every minute you spend planning can save you 5-10 minutes in actually doing the task.

Set aside some time at the beginning and end of everyday to prioritise what you want to achieve and the importance of each task. Then at the end of each day, review what you have achieved (and congratulate yourself!).

If a job seems large and unmanageable, firstly determine what you actually want to achieve. Then, secondly break down the goal into smaller chunks and do small steps every day until you have achieved it.

3. Learn the art of delegation

Delegation involves you passing responsibility for completing a task or piece of work to another person. It can help them to learn how to complete a task, and enables you to spend more time on the other important parts of your work or life. You can also use delegation where another person’s skills in a particular area are better than yours.

Delegation includes training someone to do a particular job or getting buy in from a partner to do the washing up. To effectively delegate in either situation is similar.

Decide what you want to delegate.

Explain what you want done and the reasons that you need their help.

Let go of the task.

Give credit for work that has been successfully completed.

4. Review your working arrangements

The average person works 40 hours a week for around 40 years, which equates to 80,000 hours of their life.

To be truly satisfied in your job, it is important that the job is right for you, but additionally that it fits around other arrangements. Many companies offer flexible working such as part time working, job sharing, home based working or even career breaks or sabbaticals. These can help to support the other things that are important to you.

If you feel that a review of your working arrangements will help you, arrange a time to talk to your manager and review your options.

5. Look after yourself

Finally, it is easier to achieve work life balance if you are healthy and have time to relax and enjoy your life.

Develop and maintain interests that are not related to work and cultivate relationships with your family and friends. A regular exercise routine, eating healthily and sleeping well can help you to restore your energy and allow you to live a better balanced life.

Copyright Karen Williams 2007. All Rights Reserved

Karen Williams is a Life and Career Development Coach and runs her own coaching practice, Self Discovery Coaching. She has over ten years experience of working in Human Resources, training, coaching and management roles and is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

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Monday, April 23

Should You Telework/Telecommute?

"WOW! I can work from home and make money? I can sit around in my PJ's and work whenever I want? How great, I want to be a Teleworker!"

There is much more to being a teleworker then working in your PJ's or working when you want to. Yes, those are nice benefits to teleworking, but you'd be surprised by how much work goes into working from home. You usually have to work 10 times harder and longer then in your traditional job outside the home.

When I first started teleworking years ago I thought, "How hard could this be?" well was I in for a surprise! I found I wasn't as motivated as I thought I would be. It was really hard for me to get up on time, get something to eat, and go to my "office" to start my day. And once I did begin I had to force myself to sit there and work for at least 3 hours at a time before I took a break. I couldn't believe how different it was and how hard it was. Yes, it was very rewarding to work from my home, but it wasn't all it's cracked up to be. I thought, from all the ads I'd seen online, that working would be a breeze.

After a few months of teleworking, talking to other teleworkers and just adjusting to this new way of working it all became much easier. I found that it was very fulfilling to be at home and be earning an income. It was nice to start my day when I wanted. My daily commute wasn't an hour each way in rush hour traffic; it was down the hall in the bedroom we had set up for an office. It was very satisfying and a lot of fun!

I grew a network of moms who worked from their home too, and talked to them on message boards, email, instant messaging and chat rooms...they became my "co-workers", in essence. I never realized how much I liked having co-workers, or people to talk to during the workday, until I began teleworking.

Ask yourself these questions before you start teleworking.

  • Am I focused?
  • What skills or experience do I have and can they work in a teleworking environment?
  • Do I have an area for an office and equipment?
  • Am I motivated or do I get frustrated and give up?
  • Can I work without supervision?
  • Can I manage my time well?
  • Do I listen to instructions and can I follow them easily?
  • Can I meet deadlines?
  • Do I have strong communication skills?
  • Do I have a strong work ethic?

There are even more things to consider before taking the leap into teleworking, such as, if you have small children will you be able to work with your child at home and if you go full time what will you do about healthcare benefits? Will you be able to live on part time, or less, income until you have enough work to maintain a full time schedule?

Many times when hired on to work at home, you will not have enough hours or work to make a full time income. You will need to obtain more then one job or work the one you have long enough to prove you're a good employee so they give you more work. There are always exceptions to this rule, but in general it will take more then one job to make full time income.

But as most teleworkers will tell you "where there's a will there's a way" and if you really want to work from your home, you will. Just remember that it will take time to adjust to. Be sure to stay focused, motivated, dedicated, and have a positive attitude. It's all necessary in your success as a teleworker!

Nell Taliercio is the owner and founder of – which is a leading resource website with work at home jobs and everything a telecommuting mom would need. Come visit us today!

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Sunday, April 22

Broadband For All - Lim Kit Siang

The development of information and communication technology in Malaysia is full of contradictions, and setbacks.

Malaysia was the earliest among developing countries to have a government-sponsored plan for ICT development, namely the RM 5-billion Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) project. But MSC has failed to live up to its expectation to become regional IT hub for R&D and other high value-added activities.

NOTE: Pajamanation Malaysia does not endorse or specifically sides with any particular political party. The following text of a public speech in parliament is posted due to its high relevance to the effort to improve micropreneurial environment in Malaysia, specifically in ICT field. To be fair, certain political-centric statements were removed from this posting.

Speech (3) by Parliamentary Opposition Leader and DAP MP for Ipoh Timor Lim Kit Siang on the 2006 Budget in Parliament on Monday, 3rd October 2005:

Today, MSC/Cyberjaya has downgraded itself to serve the low-end of global IT value chain – shared services and outsourcing (SSO) activities. Let us not to fool ourselves anymore. While it is true that new investments and jobs accompanied MSC’s transformation into an international call centre, one should be reminded that such scenario has vastly deviated from MSC’s
original purpose as the engine to drive Malaysia into the high-end of the IT world.

The Government’s IT policy since mid-1990s is flawed because it only focuses on one area, not every corner of the country; and it only intended to serves the interests of multinational corporations (MNCs), not all ordinary Malaysians.

The government was only interested in land development in Cyberjaya and attracting investments from MNCs but failed to realize that it is the local talent pool that matters most. One notable example is that the success story of India’s Bangalore lies in its ubiquitous institutes of technology that train numerous capable English-speaking software
engineers. Very few key players in the industry relocated its regional headquarters to MSC despite generous incentive being dished out.

The Prime Minister now wanted to “re-examine the package of incentives that we offer to make the MSC a more compelling choice for investors” (NST 9/9/2005). Instead of showering potential investors with unrealistically generous packages, isn’t it better to look inwards at why MSC fails its mission. The lesson from the MSC failure would be useful for future ventures, such as the biotech sector – the government’s new favorite.

In 1997, I told this chamber that “the MSC may be the crown jewel of the National Information Infrastructure which Malaysia must build if we are to make the transition to the information society, but it is not the infrastructure.” I said, “In the ultimate analysis, the IT revolution must be about people….This is why any national IT policy, strategy and plan must be people-centred and not project-centred or MSC-centred” (Debate on Royal Address, 25/3/2997).


Sadly, MSC did not turn out to be what it should be and the overall ICT development in Malaysia is a disappointment. Eight years after MSC was launched, the government launched the second MSC in Bayan Lepas, Penang and Kulim, Kedah. Why is there a need for a second-tier MSCs? Shouldn’t the entire nation have access to facilities available in a MSC after so many years of government-initiated development in the IT sector?

Broadband for All

A key indicator of ICT development in a country is its broadband penetration rate. Compared to narrowband, broadband offers speedier download and better quality of transmission, which will allow more activities to be conducted via internet at a faster speed.

Sadly, more than five years after broadband was commercially available, the broadband penetration rate is still below 1 % of Malaysian population while other countries experienced quantum leap.

Energy, Water and Communications Minster Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik claimed that the government is open to proposals to boost penetration rate in broadband service to 30%-40% by 2008, despite the National Broadband Plan having a modest target of 10% of population. He said, “even if we cannot reach South Korea’s broadband penetration of more than 60%, languishing at 1% of the population is politically and socially unacceptable” (Telecom Asia Daily 6/7/2005).

I agree with Keng Yaik that Malaysia is “already ten years behind leaders such as South Korea.” Whether Malaysia reaches 10% or 40%, others will not wait for us. Korea will literally achieve “IT for All” and “Broadband for All” when broadband is rolled out to almost every household in the next two or three years.

But how did the “politically and socially unacceptable” below-1%-broadband penetration rate happen? The most important obstacle preventing the rise of broadband in Malaysia is TM’s delay in opening up the last mile, or local loop access to consumers. TM owns more than 90% of the last mile access.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) finally mandated TM to unbundle the local loop in June 2005. In August, Jaring signed a deal with TM, signaling the opening up of the last mile access. However, TM is obviously taking its sweet time to comply with MCMC’s Access List as it is not keen to open up the access to its competitors.

No holder of monopoly would let it go without a fight. It is the onus of the government and regulatory agency to enforce competition. There is no point to hope that WiFi or WiMax or any other wireless tools would have the magical power to increase Malaysia’s broadband penetration rate substantially.

The most realistic and inexpensive way to improve the lackluster performance of the broadband development is to increase competition among internet service providers (ISPs) and drive down the price.

...The Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications and MCMC should ensure that TM will not be an obstacle to the development of a broad-based IT literacy and usage.

Open Source – “kow tow” to Microsoft?

Another example of the government putting corporate interest above the national goal of broad-based IT literacy is the shelving of a plan to experiment with open source operating system.

In April 2004, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr. Jamaludin Jarjis announced that Mimos Bhd was tasked with creating an operating system for computers using open source software. According to NST, it is “a move that when completed will make information communication technology cheaper and accessible to all” (29/4/2004).

Microsoft holds a monopoly on operating systems for personal computers and charges expensive royalty and fees usage and upgrade. Open-source is software for which the source code (the instructions for the software) is available for distribution and modification. The modifier retains the copyright for his work, but the source code is public domain.

Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and recently Peru, among others, have been actively moving toward the Linux operating system and other open-source alternatives that can mean millions of dollars in savings. Institute of Information Technology, a Brazilian government agency working to promote digital inclusion, estimated that Brazil spent USD 1.1 billion on royalties and licensing fees for imported software programmes in 2002. According to the same source, Brazilian government agencies that have adopted free software had their costs reduced to a mere three percent of what would have been paid for proprietary

Datuk Jamaludin pointed out then that the Government wanted to look at ways to boost computer literacy among Malaysians without the burden of paying high fees. Malaysia spent about RM 7.86 billion on IT in 2003, of which RM 1.8 billion were on software. If the cost of using open-source software is 10% of Microsoft’s product, the RM 1.6 billion savings could
be utilized to reduce the gap between the “information haves” and “information haves-not”.

Less than two months after Jamaludin’s announcement, Micosoft’s boss Bill Gates visited Malaysia, met with the Prime Minister and other ministers, and donated RM 10 million to some schools.

Since then, the discussion on open source operating system vanishes from public discourse. It is time for the government to reexamine the potentials of open-source and stop “kow tow” to Microsoft. Therefore, the IT policy of Malaysia must be a policy that champions “IT for All”, not
favoring big corporations.

Let me put down some quick thoughts by a local IT specialist on several IT issues facing the country:

1. Allocation of RM29b for education. Hopefully, this is spent wisely in ICT training in the schools, universities and colleges. More often than not, the training in these schools do not prepare the student for proper ICT literacy but instead are specific to products from a single company, Microsoft. As a result, we're utilizing government/taxpayer funds to provide training services to a foreign MNC. Ideally the training should be focussed on the utilization of software tools and be centred around creating proper letters, documents, presentations and spreadsheet
calculations. This way the student will learn how to use the software productively instead of just user training on a specific product.

2. Expansion of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office capacity. This is the body which regulates patent approval in the country and is tied to the software patent issue. . Software patents are instruments which cover abstract ideas and as a result many readily used concepts are patented by large corporations and patent houses in order to prevent others from
performing any innovation in that area. A simple example is the "one-click patent" from where the company has patented the CONCEPT of a single web click and as a result has locked out others from utilizing the same idea even though they may have independently come up with the idea and independently written the software to implement it.

Software patents should not be confused with software copyrights which exist today. Software copyrights have been used by all as adequate and strong protection for software programs under WIPO and intellectual property laws. Software copyrights protect the source code (i.e. the blueprints) of a computer program and are the mainstay of software development.

Software patents go further than software copyrights in that they extend the lock in to generic and abstract ideas. The risk in this is that due to the frivolous nature of software patents, large MNCs who have a portfolio of software patents can cripple the Malaysian software industry. The only ones who would be able to survive in such a scenario would be the MNCs themselves, leading to the dissolution of local software companies and the goals of the MSC. Only nations with huge patent portfolios will benefit like the US and the UK.

The European Parliament has voted to reject software patents for these reasons.

3. Extension of period to carry forward absorbed losses/capital allowance during pioneer period (tax free period) of MSC companies is laudable and will further increase the benefits of companies under the MSC. However this initiative needs to be confined solely to local companies as they are the ones who're being sidelined in the MSC push today. Multinationals, including their Malaysian wholly owned subsidiaries, should not be allowed to enjoy this benefit as it would be counter productive to the government's aim to build a local technology-centric

4. Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation. Will this be the same as MDC ? what are the key performance indicators for this corporation and what are the checks and balances in the system? Will we see another MDC which continues to give excuses 10 years after the MSC was conceptualized ?

5.Improvement of basic amenities including housing and transport at cyberjaya is a good thing. A suggestion to increase frequency and reliability of bus services within Cyberjaya to the ERL station at Putrajaya in order to make it easier for commuters should be a high

6. What exactly will the ICT Development Institute be doing which is different from what is provided by our public and private universities? Wouldn't it be better to concentrate on producing more quality graduates and skill sets instead of having to set up another institute? Perhaps the funds spent for the institute may be better spent on redefining the curricula and teaching methodologies at our secondary schools and universities instead.

I asked another Malaysian IT pioneer, Bala Pillai, who operates from Australia, for his thoughts and assessment of the MSC and Malaysia’s IT plans and ambitions.

He gave a response which is so unconventional but original that I think it deserves the serious consideration of MPs and policy makers if we are serious in wanting to propel Malaysia into an information society, knowledge economy and IT superpower.

He encapsulated his thoughts with the title “Problems = Opportunities and No Problems = No Opportunities”.

This is what he has to say:

“The harder a problem, the greater the reward, the lesser the competition, and the more uncertain resourcing is.

“The corollary, the easier a problem, the lesser the reward, the greater the competition, and the more certain resourcing is.

“Low Hanging fruits lie in the sweetspot between ‘not too easy a problem such that competition makes the rewards so unworthwhile’ and ‘not too hard a problem such that resourcing is so uncertain’.

“Let us talk about the Low Hanging Fruits for Malaysia in ICT."

“But first let's remind ourselves of the bigger picture. The Malay Archipelago was a producer of quantum inventions up to about a thousand years ago. In fact, up to then, Southeast Asia together with China and India produced nearly every quantum invention in the world.

“By quantum invention, I mean a significant leap in order of problem-solving from cave man days up to now. Examples being taming of fire, domestication of rice and pepper, invention of paper, wheel, gunpowder, Minangkabau architecture, urban social systems, ocean-going vessels to Madagascar, printing press, electricity, TV, credit cards, the Internet – you get the picture.

“What happened? Why did we stop producing these quantum inventions and their near cousins?

“The government should engage the deepest and broadest thinkers available to narrow down the likely causes for this turn of events. Like thousands of streams flow into tributaries which flow into a few rivers onto the ocean, let's converge into a few clear schools of thought on why we
stopped producing quantum inventions.

“It is because of a switch from objective perception to subjective perception. A switch from expecting our world to be roses, thorns and in-betweens and finding it to be such to expecting our world to be roses and thus trained to spot thorns. When we all become thorn spotters, in time it becomes uncomfortable to spot our own thorns. In time, this breeds greater amounts of disagreements. These disagreements drastically reduce the social and trust capital that is required for inventiveness.

“If we want a proper solution rather than a quick-fix, we should address this underlying mental soil issue. Average seeds sown on great soil will grow but great seeds sown on stone won't. We have to find the inner strength to ask the tough questions, knowing full well that as painful as this might be, NOT asking these questions will have even more painful consequences.

“In determining Low Hanging Fruits, we would look at our strengths. Let me point towards some less emphasized aspects

1) Around 1400 AD, Malaysia or Malacca was the happening place in the world. The most adventurous brains, Arabs, Indians, Chinese wanted to be here. In global adventurousness terms, the Spice Trade and Malacca then was what Silicon Valley and ICT today is. Even Christopher Columbus if he had not lost his way, in his pursuit of spices might have ended up here.

Question: We didn't give any tax credits and yet they came like bees to honey. How come? I will not answer this, I would like you to reflect on it. I would like you to reflect on the energy that made us such an exciting buzz. And which attracted the best self-starters here and self-starters overseas with fires in their belly to make the world happen.

2) As the giants India and China rise up, today we are presented with another opportunity. Like that piece of sand in an oyster, without which a pearl cannot form, we can be the catalysts for India and China to rise levels above or faster in their ICT in social entrepreneurship aims.

“Some areas we can consider focusing on are:-

a) Microentrepreneur ecosystems – make it much easier for an eager Instant Messaging using high school student to step that adaptiveness towards online or Skype or convergence facilitated self-employment. Knowledge workers.

b) China and India have a large swell of people who want to be their own boss. It is as if on a personal level, many want to go back to how things were a 100 years ago when nearly all of us were self-employed. Let's consider leading this for ourselves, China and India. For example, organize frameworks and structures for tele-entrepreneur franchisees to
inhabit, grow and thrive.

c) India is well known for its movie industry and the Tamil and Hindi movie industries magnets of attention amongst our citizens. Many would love the chance to be models, actors, script-writers, producers. The weakness of these industries are in the capital raising, investments unitizing and distribution sides. The US has come a long way in organizing this. Let's flow US expertise with the passion of our entrepreneurs to streamline these aspects of these industries. In this ecosystem deepening process, the Malay movie industry will also benefit.

d) The biggest opportunity in Asia today is in Change Management in the many forms it takes. For example in identifying the best bang for the buck in change management. In making change fun. In accrediting trainers. I urge in depth look into these problem and opportunity areas.” I commend these and other thoughts of Pillai to MPs.

Friday, April 13

Bekerja dari rumah lebih mencabar - Hazlina

BERDISIPLIN, pandai menguruskan masa, tidak putus asa dan bijak mempengaruhi pasaran merupakan ciri-ciri utama yang diperlukan oleh seorang wanita yang ingin memulakan kerjaya mereka dari rumah.

Jika ciri-ciri berkenaan diabaikan, biarpun mempunyai kemahiran, ia bakal membantutkan setiap cita-cita dan usaha yang dilakukan.

Itu petua dan pendapat yang diamalkan oleh Hazlina Puspa Hassan, 39, yang lebih senang bekerja sendiri di rumah sejak awal pembabitan beliau dalam dunia pekerjaan.

Ruang yang digunakan Hazlina Puspa untuk membuat kerja-kerja pejabatnya di rumah.

Hazlina yang bekerja di rumah menerusi syarikatnya sendiri, Cradle Communications Malaysia, menguruskan hal-hal berkaitan pemasaran, pengiklanan, promosi, kempen, penyusunan penjenamaan, strategi perhubungan awam, sidang akhbar, pembangunan teknologi, internet, penerbit rancangan malaysia @ tv dan sebagainya.

``Sebenarnya ramai golongan ibu yang ingin bekerja dari rumah memandangkan kedudukan mereka yang berdekatan dengan anak-anak, senang mengendalikan rumah tangga, tidak terikat dan boleh memantau perkembangan kendiri.

``Malah, sejak bertahun saya senang bekerja sendiri kerana komitmen yang tinggi dalam hal-hal tugasan memandangkan saya sesuai dengan cara kerja yang pantas dan sukakan cabaran dalam menguruskan kerjaya saya,'' katanya yang suka dengan pekerjaan yang memberikan kepuasan dan imej yang tersendiri.

Memiliki Ijazah dalam bidang Sistem Maklumat Komputer dan Komputer Sains dari Universiti Drake, Amerika Syarikat, wanita ini sebelum ini pernah bertugas di syarikat-syarikat berteknologi tinggi dalam bidang pemasaran, termasuk di Institut Terjemahan Negara Malaysia.

``Apabila saya bekerja di bawah syarikat-syarikat ini saya dapati tiada yang terlalu mencabar bagi saya, sedangkan saya seorang yang pantas dan sukakan cabaran.

``Saya berhenti kerja dan seterusnya menubuhkan syarikat sendiri,'' kata ibu yang mempunyai sepasang cahaya mata ini.


Sesungguhnya beliau bertuah kerana sebelum memulakan kerja dari rumah, beliau telah mempunyai banyak senarai contact, malah beliau juga seorang ketua atau pemimpin teknologi untuk Asia Tenggara di bawah syarikatnya dari segi strategi pemasaran dan perhubungan tersendiri yang diguna pakai oleh banyak syarikat-syarikat di Asia Pasifik.

Menyediakan sudut khas yang dijadikan pejabat di rumahnya di Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, beliau turut keluar rumah berjumpa dengan pelanggan yang memerlukan khidmat syarikatnya berbekalkan komputer riba.

Antara syarikat-syarikat besar yang mendapatkan khidmat syarikatnya ialah Hewlet Packard, Storagetek South Asia, People Soft Asia dan banyak lagi.

``Sebelum berumah tangga, saya sebenarnya mempunyai komitmen yang tinggi terhadap kedua-dua ibu bapa saya dari segi penjagaan dan pemeriksaan kesihatan di hospital.

``Apabila bekerja sendiri seperti ini saya rasa lebih senang untuk menguruskan mereka tanpa memerlukan orang menggantikan saya dan sebagainya,'' katanya yang berasal dari Johor Bahru, Johor.

Kini setelah berumah tangga, peluang bekerja sendiri memberikan beliau lebih banyak masa bersama anak-anak, menguruskan rumah tangga dan sebagainya, tambahan pula beliau tidak pernah mengambil pembantu rumah untuk menguruskan rumah tangga.

Anak-anak beliau, Balqis Putry, 5, dan Adam Fariz Putra, 3 serta suami, Mohd. Hisham Mohd. Junid, 41, seorang perunding pembangunan perniagaan, turut menjadi pendorong beliau bekerja dari rumah.

Bermula sejak awal pagi, Hazlina akan bangun menyediakan kemudahan anak-anak ke sekolah dan kemudian menghantar anak-anak ke taman asuhan kanak-kanak, sebelum menjemput kembali pada petang hari.

``Bermula 8.30 pagi saya akan menghadap komputer dan bekerja sebagaimana orang-orang lain, memenuhi temujanji bermesyuarat dan sebagainya... bezanya saya berada di rumah.

``Dalam pada itu saya boleh ke sekolah anak-anak, menyaksikan mereka berteater atau persembahan, melakukan penyelidikan yang diperlukan oleh guru-guru sekiranya diperlukan... bebas untuk melakukan apa sahaja berpandukan jadual sendiri tanpa sekatan daripada orang lain,'' katanya.

Beliau juga akan cuba menghasilkan hanya yang terbaik dalam setiap perkhidmatan yang diperlukan oleh para pelanggannya dan tidak terlalu tamak dengan mengambil semua tawaran tetapi akhirnya tidak terdaya untuk melakukannya.

Oleh Rosmah Dain

Utusan Melayu ( )
16 SEP 2005

Saturday, April 7

Ekologi Ekonomi Kemajikanan

Annahita sedang mengenalpasti seseorang untuk membuat laman web peribadinya. Beego mecari seorang yang mahu membayarnya untuk membuat laman web. Siti nak mulakan jualan kad ucapan melalui Internet. DJ Dave pakar dalam penyediaan perniagaan melalyu Internet dan ingin menawarkan kepakarannya kepada mereka yang mahu menjalankan perniagaan sedemikian. Keempat-empat individu ini telah membuat keputusan untuk memecat bos mereka dan memulakan perniagaan sendiri. Mereka berkerja dari rumah, dan menjadi tuan diri sendiri.

Inilah apa yang Pajamanation sediakan. Ia ialah sebuah pasaran untuk 'pekerja pajama' di mana tugasan mikro dijualbeli.

Tugasan mikro adalah tugasan-tugasan atau projek kecil yang lazimnya mengambil masa kurang daripada seminggu, dan diinboiskan oleh pekerja pajama. Pekerja Pajama adalah pekerja di rumah yang melanggan Pajamanation® dan biasanya tergolong dalam kategori pekerja berilmu.

Kini, ada gangguan besar atas keseimbangan dalam pasaran kerja: dunia pencari kerja semakin pudar dan pekerjaan semakin hilang ataupun berkurangan. Ekologi ekonomi yang baru dan mencabar semakin menyerlahkan tamparannya. Insan yang telah kehilangan pekerjaannya atau yang menamatkan keinginan untuk bekerja untuk badan korporat sedang membina dunia baru kemajikanan yang mana setiap mereka menyediakan tugasan mereka sendiri dan berhubung melalui fiber kelajuan tinggi supaya mereka boleh menjalankan tugasan rumit yang mungkinn juga memberikan cabaran untuk sesetengah tugasan yang dilaksanakan oleh badan-badan korporat besar. Di Pajamanation®, kami percaya yang ekologi ekonomi kemajikanan akan menggantikan sebahagian daripada dunia pekerja bergaji dan kami ramalkan yang sebahagian besar penduduk dunia akan menikmati masa depan dengan berkerja untuk diri sendiri.

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