PREFERENCES FOR FWH AMONG THAI EMPLOYEES: A BY-PRODUCT OF ESL WRITING CLASSES

Authors

ผศ.ดร.เกศกานดา จตุรงคโชค, นางศุภมิตร จันทร์เสี้ยวรัศมี

Published

Proceeddings of The 15th MAC 2019

Abstract

This is a mixed-methods research study, in which the convenience sampling technique was utilized. The data was garnered from 188 employees (male= 98; female= 90) in Bangkok and Nonthaburi. These participants joined the co-authors’ English classes conducted in 2018. Among the 188 employed, approximately 95% agreed with the flexible hour policy, whilst another 5% disagreed. The proponents’ major reasons comprise work-life balance, an increase in productivity, overtime reduction, and benefits for clients in different time zones. The opponents commented that flexible working hours may suit only some industries but not all and should be used with cautions. Principle disadvantages consist of lower wages, confusion concerning overtime payments, lighting and water costs at weekends and during extra hours, as well as contact and coordination problems caused by different working schedules. Concerning the major reasons for flexible working hour, around 60% raised the issue of traffic congestion, followed by leisure time, part-time job, compensation for late nigh class with other time zones, and high education pursuit. The ESL classes not only develop students’ English proficiency, but a way to articulate their worldview about current issues.

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