Asia Catches On to Alternative Workplace Strategies

SINGAPORE—Alternative workplace strategies are gaining ground in Asia. In fact, according to a new study from commercial real estate brokerage Jones Lang LaSalle, understanding cultural differences is the key to successful workplace change programs in Asia—and that includes alternative workplace strategies.

Alternative workplace strategies—which includes virtual offices, telecommuting, flexible work programs, mobile work and the like—can improve space usage and support increased business productivity through supporting the nature of work today and enabling mobile workers.

"The time is ripe for workplace change in Asia. However, even with the best intentions, 70 percent of change initiatives fail and workplace change is no exception,” says Su Lim, head of Strategic Workplace Services, Asia Pacific at Jones Lang LaSalle.

“The keys to success are leadership endorsement and employee engagement. Understanding how leadership and culture influence the workplace, and which factors contribute to employee engagement or resistance, is crucial to success."

In a recent Jones Lang LaSalle survey of real estate professionals in Asia Pacific, 30 percent indicated they have implemented alternative workplace strategies and it is working well, while 36 percent said they would like to try it. The report, called "Driving Effective Workplace Change in Asia” offers some key findings as to why alternative workplace strategies are gaining momentum.

1. Economic uncertainty, emerging technologies, talent shortages and the pursuit of increased business productivity are forcing organizations to consider enabling mobile workers and more flexible workstyles.

2. In Asia, mindsets about work style change are evolving due to the accelerating globalization of Asian multinational corporations (MNCs).

3. The diversity of local cultures in Asia requires workplace change programs to be culturally adapted, not merely transplanted from West to East.

4. For many Asian corporations, geographic expansion means hiring locals in the countries they enter and adapting their work policies to suit a more culturally diverse workforce.

5. Telecommuting has been successfully implemented by MNCs in Asia, especially IT companies. In post-earthquake Japan, companies are embracing programs enabling employees to work from home to raise productivity, reduce transportation pollution and support business continuity planning.

6. India is a leader of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, where employees use their own IT equipment at work; resulting in increased mobility, higher job satisfaction and productivity and efficiency improvements.

Davinci Virtual Offices has virtual office solutions across Asia, including virtual offices in Sydney, virtual offices in Hong Kong, virtual offices in Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and India.


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