HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Professionals seek flexible workspace that values wellbeing: Hays

87% said remote working options became top priority following the pandemic.

Professionals are now prioritising flexible working options and employee wellbeing as they look to the new era of work, according to the latest report by recruitment expert Hays.

Conducted to over 9,000 working professionals across Asia, the survey found that respondents are looking at being part of an organisation that values employee wellbeing not only as a crucial element to flexibility, but purpose and connection to their role as well.

In Hong Kong, these results are mirrored with remote working options emerging as a top priority for professionals when seeking a new employer in the post-pandemic future, and employee wellbeing as the definition of purpose in the new era of work.

Majority of respondents (87%) in Hong Kong said remote working options became their top priority following the pandemic, followed by flexible hours (78%) and employee wellbeing programs (67%).

Meanwhile, 69% of organisations in Hong Kong currently provide remote working options now, and 57% offer flexible hours.

Whilst most of them (89%) said work-life balance was important, around 48% stated that they would be willing to compromise for a feeling of purpose or connection to their role.

“The seismic shift in the value placed on employee wellbeing will define the new era of work and beyond. Along with the rising sentiment in favour of employee wellbeing, the resounding call for remote and flexible working options, which are also important aspects of work life balance, is unlikely to dissipate in an increasingly volatile world,” Hays Hong Kong regional director Jack Leung said.

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