With over the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections inching to the 1,000 mark, Hongkongers are being asked to observe social distancing outside their homes, even as businesses and government offices observe work from home (WFH).
Just how well prepared is Hong Kong for the new way of work?
Respondents to a Lenovo research in Hong Kong revealed that 87% feel at least somewhat ready to make the shift, thanks in part to availability of technology to most homes in the city.
Most had already been either encouraged (46%) or required (26%) to WFH as part of Covid-19 mitigation measures.
“While our current situation is extraordinary, we are seeing a real willingness from workers to adapt and adopt flexible work arrangements. This confirms that corporate technology investments are paying off, as most people now feel productive at home and believe that the workforce will move more in this direction once the crisis has passed,” said Ronald Wong, general manager of Hong Kong and Macau, Lenovo.
But according to the Lenovo study the willingness to embrace WFH not only steps from the availability of technology but shifting demographics as well.
The Millennials and Generation Z employees who make up nearly 60% of the workforce today grew up with video on demand, networked video games and video communication platforms. These digital natives are driving the development and adoption of technology for remote working and collaboration.
“At a time when all companies need to navigate uncertainty and keep their business running, technology enables them to keep moving forward. Companies need to adjust now and ensure their employees have the video tools, technology and training required to succeed today and in a future where more remote working may be the norm,” Wong added.
The 'race for talent' has also put organizations under significant pressure to rethink their workspace, technology and culture to attract and retain the best people.
One of the conclusions of the study is that 77% of respondents expect companies to be more accepting of WFH policies after the pandemic passes.