China is the best country in the world for flexible working
China is the world leader in flexible working arrangements according to study by UK based Virgin Media Business.
SMB Asia World reported that 69% of employers in mainland China allow staff to work from any location, on any device, followed by the United States at 63%.
The high figures in both countries were in line with corporate desires of young talent today, the survey added.
Nine out of 10 of Generation Y identify flexibility in the workplace as a top priority, further driving the trend.
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The study also found that 69% of respondents believed remote working is critical to relieving work-related stress, and that 30 million people work from home in the U.S. – a number that Virgin Media Business predicts to increase by 63 % by 2020.
Virgin Media Business also predicted that by 2022, 60% of office-based employees will regularly work from home.
While flexible working arrangements seem like a global trend, employers in Hong Kong remain conservative about the idea.
Most believe it is difficult to manage staff and employees who adopt such a type of working, and are afraid that employees will abuse the arrangement, according to a recent research by Hong Kong Baptist University’s centre for human resources strategy and development and recruitment website CTgoodjobs.
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