The ongoing pandemic has highlighted the importance of employee wellbeing.
Eighty-five percent of surveyed Hong Kong employers believe that employee wellbeing is the heart of the business agenda, according to NTT’s 2020 Intelligent Workplace Report published 16 October.
Working at home during the pandemic has been challenging for employees, 80% of overall 1,350 participants across 19 markets answered.
They cited connectivity and workspace issues, as well as feelings of isolation as main contributors to their concerns.
At least 32.5% of businesses have changed their IT policy to help employees work within a new operating model and 35% have deployed new communication and productivity tools.
Moreover, 70% of companies surveyed believe that employees prefer to have the choice to work in an office when it’s safe to do so, whilst 92.5% agree that face-to-face meetings are essential.
The report findings also show that only over a quarter (27.5%) of local businesses are reviewing their general office designs and how to best align with employees’ new needs.
“Respondents are somewhat polarised on what to do with office space in general, with over a third (34.4%) of global C-suite execs saying they are looking to reduce office space, yet almost a quarter (24.0%) plan to increase it,” the report said.
Most execs agree that physical space will have a more defined, flexible use to provide for a more collaborative environment, with 57.5% to install video conferencing spaces, 40% to develop creative spaces, 20% to reduce individual office desk spaces, and 17.5% to increase meeting spaces.
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