Locals love work from home

HONGKONGERS have adapted quite well to the ‘new normal’ amid the Covid-19 pandemic, preferring to continue with flexible work arrangements and working from home even after the crisis ends, two surveys have found.

An April poll by Lingnan University (嶺南大學) showed that eight in 10 would like to work from home at least one day a week, preferably even two days, in the long run.

Seventy-two percent said they have time to rest more with the flexible work arrangement. More than half cited other advantages including improved quality of life, reduced work stress and more time to exercise.

The researchers said flexible work arrangements enhance employee satisfaction, and foster work-life balance and a sense of belonging, so companies might consider adopting such practices.

But only three in 10 said they had worked more efficiently while at home, and even fewer achieved a higher level of concentration or better communication with colleagues.

Self-employed or management-level employees objected to working from home, with more than 30 percent of respondents from these two groups disagreeing with it, compared to less than 20 percent among frontline or middle-level staffers.

Employers may also have concerns about staff slacking off, along with the use of online working platforms due to security reasons.

Separately, an online poll by an insurance company found that seven in 10 believed flexible work policies should remain in place after the pandemic eases up.

Over 80 percent said they had the flexibility to run personal errands, felt more mentally relaxed and saw improvement in relationships with family members.

They also liked the fact they did not have to see their superiors or co-workers as much.

(This article is published on Junior Standard on 28 May 2020)


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