Employees in Hong Kong prioritise flexibility and equity in the workplace

Despite a preference for flexible schedules, most employees in Hong Kong are required to be in the office full-time.
By: | May 29, 2024

Despite a prevailing in-office culture, Hong Kong’s workforce is increasingly voicing its desire for more flexible work arrangements. According to the 2024 Workmonitor Research conducted by Randstad Hong Kong, 52% of employees favour a five-day office week, yet 70% are required to be in the office full-time.

This data underscored a significant gap between employee preferences and their actual work conditions. Nearly half of the respondents (46%) have made lifestyle changes anticipating the continuation of hybrid work post-pandemic, highlighting the need for employers to align more closely with employee expectations.

Flexibility is crucial, with 51% of employees considering quitting if their employers demand more office time—a figure 14% higher than the global average. Additionally, 43% of respondents would reject job offers that lack flexibility in work locations and hours.

The study advocates for a broader understanding of flexibility, extending beyond timing and location. Employers are encouraged to offer greater autonomy, allowing employees to tailor their work environment to their professional and personal needs. Such trust can attract and retain top talent.

Generational differences also play a role. While Millennials value flexibility, they may prioritise salary slightly more in their job searches. Conversely, 60% of Baby Boomers consider flexible work arrangements non-negotiable.  

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Psychological safety and organisational equity are paramount. Around 60% of respondents would decline a job that negatively impacts their work-life balance. Additionally, 20% have left their jobs due to an inability to express themselves freely or fear of discrimination. Equitable policies, such as flexible work options and equal pay, are essential in achieving this balance.

Jobseekers in Hong Kong are also influenced by an organisation’s stance on social and environmental issues. The study found that 46% will not accept a job if their values on these issues do not align with the organisation, and 45% expect proactive efforts to improve diversity and equity.