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However, working remotely for prolonged periods of time may adversely affect employee experience and mental health.

Disruptions brought by the pandemic have driven employers all over the world to adapt by offering flexible or hybrid work arrangements for their employees. As work-from-home (WFH) has become the new normal, Hong Kong employees said working remotely helps boost their productivity, a recent survey reveals.

According to the Randstad 1H Workmonitor 2021, out of the 44% of Hong Kong respondents who worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, 40% expressed that they experienced higher work productivity. 

This is the highest in the region when compared with Mainland China (34%), Malaysia (31%) and Singapore (34%).

More than three in ten employees also said that they felt less stressed working from home.

Despite the positive impact on work productivity, working remotely for prolonged periods of time may adversely affect employee experience and mental health. In fact, over one-third (35%) respondents who were working from home missed face-to-face interactions and collaborations with their co-workers.

Moreover, 16% of these respondents felt lonely or isolated during remote working.

Home-working has also blurred the line between work and life. Just over a quarter (26%) of the respondents said that it was difficult to maintain a work-life balance, while 36% want their employers to provide more support in this regard.

Apart from providing an option of agile working, the survey suggested companies should develop a future of work-life balance and support programmes as well as conduct regular, informal check-ins to connect with their staff on a more personal level to maintain employees’ engagement and morale.

Top 5 initiatives employees hope companies would implement to help them work from home effectively:

Policies on work hours to help workers keep a proper work-life balance

36%

Allowance for remote working

30%

Strict and clear protocols for on-site and remote working

23%

Software for remote working

20%

Hardware and office equipment for remote working

20%

 

The Randstad 1H Workmonitor survey was conducted in March 2021 across 34 markets around the world with a minimum of 400 respondents in each market, highlighting the greatest concerns and challenges candidates face in the employment market.

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