Work-life balance, a long festering issue in Malaysia and around the world, was thrust into the spotlight by the International Advertising Association Malaysia (IAA) during its Forum Series held recently at the Royal Lake Club, Kuala Lumpur.
“IAA Malaysia’s purpose is to be the compass for the marketing communications industry,” said President of IAA Malaysia, John D Chacko. “One of the ways we do this is by providing the platform to create dialogue and conversation through our Debate and Forum Series, bringing to fore themes and topics that resonate with the climate in the industry.”
Group Chief Executive Officer of Star Media Group, Andreas Vogiatzakis; Chief Strategy Officer of Dentsu Aegis Network, Dr. Milan Agnihotri; Consultant Clinical Psychologist of ReGen Rehab Hospital, Dr. Paul K Jambunathan; Managing Consultant of MYHRC Services, Deepa George and Associate Principal of Corporate Communications of Digi, Audra Ooi were part of the panel moderated by General Manager and Host of the Health and Living Segment on BFM 89.9, Meera Sivasothy.
Addressing the issue of work-life balance and its impact on the physical and mental state of Malaysians, the forum discussed ways to overcome the lack of balance while still managing expectations. To put the subject matter into a proper narrative, IAA Malaysia gathered panelists from relevant fields.
To set the forum in motion, Meera framed the theme, declaring that instead of work-life balance, the more appropriate discourse is work-life integration.