Flexibility still highly desired in Asia

Top employers weigh in on handling employees seeking flexibility

Flexibility still highly desired in Asia

Flexibility remains one of the most sought-after workplace benefits in Asia, according to some of the top employers in the region.

Allen Lee, head of people at Aspire, said their employees "love" flexibility.

"We practice 'work from anywhere.' Even our leave policy — we manage it very flexibly. There is no mandate that you need to come in on certain days or a certain number of days. Our employees really love that part," Lee told HRD.

Aspire FT, a Singapore-headquartered firm, was recently named among HRD's list of Best Companies to Work for in Asia.

PANDR Outsourcing, a fellow winner, also noted that their employees put premium on where they want to work.

"We're seeing some employees wanting to continue with work from home or flexible roles, having experienced it complimenting their lifestyle," said PANDR founder and CEO Anthony Gunter.

"Others discovered they were better suited to an office environment and found WFH wasn't their thing."

Flexibility as a workplace perk has nearly become a necessity for many employees across the world after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

In Asia, many employees from the region have expressed their preference for flexible work, making it a very effective offering for employers looking for a competitive edge.

Organisations seeking the best talent are then advised to be on the lookout for workplace trends to understand that employees seek.

"We monitor industry trends closely to ensure we are providing very competitive benefits for our staff. Additionally, we also have developed a number of unique benefits for PANDR employers that help us stand out in the crowd," Gunter said.

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