Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has conducted a study on the impact of Covid-19 on productivity. Findings from the study affirm the current scenario that businesses have been severely affected by the pandemic, with the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) as the major disruptor from the crisis, they take the initiative to help.

Director General of MPC, Datuk Abdul Latif Abu Seman said, MPC has taken several steps to accelerate the economic recovery and assist the industry players to rebuild businesses.

“Among the notable initiatives taken and still ongoing are the industry capacity and capability building programme via webinars and online trainings, business virtual advisory services, and review of regulations to reduce unnecessary burdens in rebuilding businesses.

“Efforts are still ongoing to hasten and catalyse economic recovery and productivity growth as business activities begin to increase during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO),” he said in a statement.

Abdul Latif gives some example as video competition and prize-giving ceremony on Productivity Linked Wage System (PLWS) with universities to pursue productivity culture.

“Productivity experts are also given the opportunities to conduct online training such as C Suite for leaders and share knowledge on ‘new norms’ to the employees of enterprises to prepare them for post Covid-19.

“Since 17 March to 28 April 2020, 93 online programmes organized attended by a total of 14,104 participants, an average of 150 participants per programme,” he said.

He added, MPC with Technical Experts facilitates the SMEs’ business recovery process using e-Business Solutions to rebuild their morale and revive their businesses, taking MCO as the opportunity to enhance soft skills among the SMEs.