Hong Kong,
17
March
2015
|
10:19
Asia/Hong_Kong

Hong Kong is entering the work instant messaging age

Outsourcing and working outside the main office are also growing rapidly

Hong Kong, 17 March 2015 – The working landscape is changing globally, with the trend of moving work and people out of the main office increasing steadily in recent years according to a recent report by Regus, that surveyed 22,000 business people across more than 100 countries worldwide about their attitudes and approaches to work. Some 70% of respondents globally reported that they are seeing more remote workers compared to five years ago. The percentage (80%) in the USA is much higher than its counterparts around the world.

In addition, 73% of respondents globally also highlighted a growing trend for more outsourcing, which may be seen as driving an increase in freelance and contract work. Some 78% of Hong Kong respondents, 84% of China respondents and 85% of Taiwan respondents shared the same opinion.

Below are the results of a list of selected markets when respondents were asked to compare what they are seeing more in their industry compared to five years ago:

 

Global Ave

HK

China

Taiwan

S'pore

Japan

South

Korea

USA

UK

France

1. Outsourcing of projects

73%

78%

84%

85%

82%

67%

82%

71%

68%

72%

2. Remote workers

70%

69%

67%

76%

74%

44%

74%

80%

76%

77%

3. Self-employed workers

66%

58%

64%

78%

62%

45%

61%

60%

65%

67%

4. Freelance workers

62%

55%

57%

76%

60%

42%

65%

60%

65%

71%

5. Part-time workers

52%

56%

52%

71%

50%

48%

62%

56%

60%

42%

(Source: Regus, 2014)

 

The nature of these people’s work style requires an equally flexible outlook on work location as they are no longer bound to a single main office to carry out their tasks. They are likely to require independent third party-hosted locations where they can carry out their work professionally, productively and in full privacy.

The high proportion of today’s global business people reporting the same pattern is a clear indication that work habits are shifting with both employers and employees seeking more flexible ways of operating. This is further supported by the report’s finding that having to work regular hours is now considered to be a limitation by 68% of workers who say these are not suited to their duties.

Introducing or increasing the use of instant messaging also contributed to the change of work habits. Some 64% respondents globally indicated that they have introduced or increased use of work instant messaging. In fact, the percentage in the East is much higher than in the West.

 

Global Ave

HK

China

Taiwan

S'pore

Japan

South Korea

USA

UK

France

1. Fixed working hours are less suited to my duties

68%

71%

58%

74%

73%

39%

61%

69%

72%

62%

2. I have to work outside of office hours more frequently

66%

71%

61%

82%

70%

62%

48%

66%

69%

70%

3. We have introduced or increased our use of work instant messaging

64%

83%

89%

86%

78%

56%

86%

57%

47%

66%

4. I need to accommodate last minute changes to meeting times or locations more frequently

62%

76%

53%

75%

75%

47%

42%

68%

65%

74%

5. I am more stressed

53%

66%

78%

82%

55%

57%

81%

57%

48%

44%

6. I am more likely to need to pause along the way on a long car journey to attend to work calls or emails

40%

36%

60%

81%

35%

33%

50%

40%

34%

32%

(Source: Regus, 2014)

 

“Working habits are changing radically, as increasing numbers of people across the globe use instant messaging at work. The flexible nature of this new working style requires an equally flexible take on location with third-party, professional locations providing a cost-effective solution to changing needs,” said Michael Ormiston, Country Manager, Regus Hong Kong.

“There are many reasons for this change, but certainly it suits as many businesses as it does business people, with both sides increasingly looking for more flexibility than the traditional full-time work contract may afford.”

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About Regus

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,300 locations in 850 cities and 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com