HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Employees want workplace flexibility options in 2021: Cisco survey

They want to retain the positives which emerged whilst working from home.

Nearly nine in 10 (87%) of Hong Kong employees expressed a preference for a blend of office-based and remote work, results of technology leader Cisco-commissioned survey showed.

In particular, employees want to retain the positives which have emerged as they are working from home, such as working well as a dispersed team (56%), faster decision-making (55%), and increased autonomy (54%), according to the survey titled “Workforce of the Future”, which polled more than 1,000 employees in Hong Kong.

“Reflecting on the last six months, over half of Hong Kong’s workers surveyed (57%) now have a greater appreciation of the benefits and challenges of working from home,” the study revealed.

Moreover, positive changes were also noted, as 42% said leaders have shown increased trust in their teams. Employees also reported being able to weave work around life better, with 55% including more exercise into their daily routines.

“It is clear that working from home has its benefits, as does going to [the] office,” said Cisco’s managing director for software, cloud, and collaboration Hariharan S. “Employers who want their staff to be productive and wish to enable them to collaborate effectively, however, must adopt the right tools—especially if they want to successfully make a transition to the hybrid work ecosystem demanded by today’s workforce.”

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