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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY, HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong
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Young at heart: Flexi work appeals to millennials and baby boomers alike

Those born pre-1964 appreciate the productivity benefits of non-conventional work.

Although flexible and co-working arrangements are often associated with the millennial demographic who continue to reshape workplaces in Hong Kong, the older generation is not far behind in willingness to embrace non-traditional work set-ups.

Also read: Hong Kong is the most open to flexi work in APAC

Half (51%) of those born pre-1964 admitted to working remotely for more than half their work weeks, in line with a warm reception to remote working (49%) from those born after 1980, according to a study by workspace provider Spaces.

Also read: Flexible working spaces in Hong Kong doubled in past three years

Those born pre-1964 appreciate the productivity benefits of a flexible workspace as well as the new business and project opportunities whilst those born post-1980 emphasise the creative aspects of the arrangement.

Generations born after 1980 also value the networking over technological connectivities like Wi-Fi as they place greater concern about being in an inspiring work environment than their older peers (those born before 1964). Such strategies, they believe, are crucial to motivating workers and retaining talent.

Generations born after 1980 also feel more strongly that having refreshments in the office is conducive to a productive working environment than their older counterparts.

“Different generations may view some aspects of the office differently. No-one is right or wrong in these situations – but smart employers will find a way to ensure that all generations can contribute their best ideas for the benefit of the company and its creators alike,” Martijn Roordink, founder of spaces said in a statement.

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