Breaking the mould – The rise of remote working in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s widely held reputation as a safe, orderly society is in many respects well-deserved. Most people are familiar with the sense of justice and order exemplified by the consensus on acts such as lining up and waiting for a turn in queues, regardless of whether waiting for a bus or taxi in the street. The general agreement amongst Hong Kong people has led to the common quip that Hong Kong is a “fine” city.

The same perceptions extend to Hong Kong’s business culture and environment. Again, one could argue that this perception is based on relatively strong grounds, in a country that has built itself into a global financial hub through dedication to hard work and sound regulatory structures. However, as the world becomes more agile, innovative and flexible, Hong Kong is not being left behind. One of the prime examples of this is the way in which more and more Hong Kong companies are embracing the move towards flexible working arrangements.

Virtual Reality

While definitely not unheard of, as recently as 5 years ago, only very few companies were deviating from the traditional office working model for their staff. Today, around half of all Hong Kong companies offer some form of flexible working arrangement. This is an exponential increase and truly highlights the resourceful and creative Chinese business spirit. There are even some companies that are exclusively telecommuting, with no office space at all, and all employees working completely remote.

Freed from the need to battle through heavy traffic and commuting on the frequently congested Mass Transit Railway, only to sit in a sterile office environment. Companies such as these are creating a new and more efficient reality in which their staff are empowered to take control of their own productivity. The results speak for themselves with more and more local businesses in Hong Kong joining the remote work movement; and even more so now as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Remote?

There are so many important reasons why remote working is the future for many Hong Kong firms. It will may never be possible to have all employees working remotely, however for those for whom it is feasible, there are plenty of benefits:

  • Many remote workers report being happier and more satisfied, with greater work-life balance.
  • Employees tend to be more content when working from home, which has seen elevated levels of job satisfaction and employee retention.
  • Empowered and trusted employees are without doubt, happy employees. Happy employees are more focused and far more compartmentalised.
  • Access to a greater talent pool; with geography no longer a limiting factor, companies can now draw the best employee talent from pretty much anywhere across the globe.
  • Cost efficiency; study after study shows that companies save significantly on rent and other office-related costs when they adopt a remote work set-up.

Don’t Take My Word For It

The benefits of remote work are so clear, that some of the world’s leading companies are encouraging more and more employees to ditch the commute. Google, Citibank, Cisco, American Express, Apple, Dell,, Novartis, Lockheed Martin. These are just a few of the myriad of companies all over the world that offer remote working arrangements as an option for some or all of their workforce. These companies did not get to where they are by making poor decisions about how to manage their staff, so you can be sure that they have done their homework and realised the advantages that it brings to productivity and their bottom line. Basecamp, Slack, Google Hangouts, Skype, Trello, Yammer and GoToMeeting are just some of the many tools available to ensure that remote teams can operate, collaborate and communicate effectively – In some instances, even more so than if they were in the same building.

Virtual Offices for the Virtual Workforce

Servcorp virtual office solutions add another layer of possibility to the remote working landscape. At a mere fraction of the cost of a regular office. A Servcorp virtual office will equip you with all the provisions and support that you need to see your business grow and succeed; with access to a professional team, facilities and the infrastructure of a multinational corporation at your disposal; without the added expense. Reduce your overheads and costs including rent, technology expenses and the need to hire and train the right staff. A Servcorp virtual office can provide your business with the use of a distinguished address at one of our three highly sought after Hong Kong locations, as well as dedicated receptionist services, boardroom access, and many other critical business functions. When your virtual team needs to come together, or you need to meet with clients, investors or other external stakeholders in a professional environment, it’s the perfect, cost effective way to access the advantages of an office environment before the team gets back to doing what they do best – working happily and efficiently in the other office in the cloud! You can choose to work remotely, from home, or anywhere else that’s most convenient to your lifestyle with a Servcorp virtual office.

About Servcorp

We are the leading virtual office providers in Hong Kong and the world as a whole. We have a presence in over 160 locations worldwide. Whether you’re after a serviced office, a virtual office or a coworking membership, Servcorp Hong Kong is the smart choice to drive a distinguished and prestigious corporate business with confidence and ease. Servcorp is located in some of the best buildings in Hong Kong; Two IFC, Central, Hong Kong Club Building, Central and One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Shui. Start your journey with us today, give us a call on +852 2251 8803, get a free tour and let our dedicated team discuss a tailored flexible workspace solution that will see your business thrive.