Work-life balance a growing priority for employees in Hong Kong 

Employees in Hong Kong have indicated their preference for a more flexible work-life balance and will consider resigning to achieve that aspiration.
By: | May 23, 2023

Organisations in Hong Kong have made significant strides to reduce the gap between what employees expect and what employers can offer in terms of work-life balance.

With more organisations taking proactive steps to foster a healthier and more productive workforce, the discussions on work-life balance in Hong Kong have focused on hybrid and flexible work arrangements (FWA).

According to Randstad’s 2023 Employer Brand Research report, 36% of respondents say that they can work remotely either fully or partially, and 85% of respondents are looking FWAs as an important non-monetary benefit, amongst other non-monetary benefits that highlight having good relationships in the workplace, as well as more upskilling and re-skilling opportunities to future-proof their employment.

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Despite the improvements made to shrink the year-on-year gap between talent expectations and what employers can offer in terms of work-life balance from eight to five points, two in five respondents have resigned or have considered leaving their employer to improve their work-life balance.

Further driven by factors such seeking a higher salary to cope with the rising cost of living in Hong Kong, 31% of respondents intend to switch jobs this year, with millennial employees aged 25 to 34 years old seem as the most likely generation to make such a move among all respondents. Gen Z workers aged 18 to 24 years old, on the other hand, were less likely to change jobs.