Only 36% of workers in Hong Kong work remotely for at least half of a work week, compared to the global average of 48%, said flexible workplace provider Regus that released its 2013 Regus Global Economic Indicator recently.
The company canvassed more than 26,000 business managers across 90 countries and regions, including 234 from Hong Kong, 851 from China, 106 from Taiwan, and 189 from Singapore.
Survey results indicate 53% of executives working flexibly for at least half of the week in China while 46% in Taiwan and 45% in Singapore do the same.
Managers: Effective management of remote works is achievable
Some chief executives may worry about motivating and managing staff at a distance, but 58% of Hong Kong respondents and 59% of Chinese respondents believe effective management of remote workers is perfectly achievable, given appropriate training. In Taiwan, the figure reaches 71%. All of these are higher than the global average of 55%.
"Flexible working is a winner for all concerned when the management team takes the lead," said John Henderson, CFO, Regus Asia-Pacific. "The business people we speak to believe that trust and freedom play a key role in remote management and, once in place, the benefits are clear for all to see: greater productivity, improved staff retention and lower operating costs."
Regus' survey shows that 41% of companies in Hong Kong, 63% in China and 72% in Taiwan use specific efficiency-monitoring reporting systems—All three numbers are higher than the global average of 37%, Regus noted.
The use of video calls is also a popular way for managers to communicate with their teams across greater China—71 % of companies in mainland and 82% in Taiwan use rely on this way to stay in touch, Regus said.
In addition, 34% of Hong Kong respondents and 49% in both China and Taiwan believe that junior employees become more responsible through remote working, according to Regus, adding that 38% of respondents in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as 56% in China and 59% in Taiwan think that remote management helps maintain more professional relationships.
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