Jobstreet: 93% Asians prefer work flexibility

Written by: Bernie Yeo | 04 May 2021 14:07
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04 May 2021 14:07

A study conducted in partnership with SEEK Asia (The parent company of JobStreet), Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and The Network, it has been revealed that only 7 per cent of Asia’s workforce now want to commit to a completely onsite work arrangement.

The study, titled 'Decoding Global Ways of Working' surveyed 209,000 participants across 190 countries with 66,624 respondents from Asia.

According to the study, a majority of Asians surveyed said they prefer to work two to three days remotely every week with 49 per cent from the Philippines prefer going completely remote. This could be due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country.

Meanwhile, 91 per cent from Hong Kong prefer on site working arrangements. This is possibly due to their housing situation, which doesn't allow a home office.

Apart from working arrangements, there is also a shift in what employees value at work.

From good relationships with their colleagues to financial compensation in the form of salaries and bonuses, these are some of the criteria Asian employees consider when it comes to staying in their current jobs.

In 2020, good relationships with their superiors became the third most important near-term benefit. Employer’s financial stability, career development, learning and skills training, while still important considerations, now rank lower than before.

Furthermore, the study also found that a majority of Asian employees now expect their employers to champion environmental responsibility as well as diversity and inclusion.

79 per cent of respondents indicated that the issue of employers’ environmental responsibility has become more important to them. This sentiment is especially strong in Indonesia (85 per cent), the Philippines (83 per cent) and Malaysia (80 per cent).

Meanwhile, social issues resonate strongly with workers in Thailand (91 per cent), the Philippines (85 per cent) and Malaysia (83 per cent).

In fact, some 60 per cent even warned that they would exclude companies that do not match their beliefs in environmental responsibility when searching for a job. Malaysia leads in this regard at 65 per cent, Indonesia (64 per cent) and the Philippines (59 per cent).

For diversity and inclusion, the number is 57 per cent — Hong Kong (67 per cent), Malaysia (66 per cent), and Thailand (63 per cent).

Read the full report here.


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