Our latest coverage in HR from across the Asia-Pacific region.

Inclusion and Emerging Work Models

Considerations for ensuring equality as hybrid work increase.

By Simon Kent

HR executives are fully aware of the potential benefits of the emerging hybrid work model for employees, but are they aware of the potential inequalities this model could bring? It seems achieving a mix of working locations can deliver greater—or at least comparable—productivity and sometimes an even better work-life balance. But that’s just it: Sometimes it works, and other times it doesn’t.

On the Edge

Malaysia is nearing the transition to a high-income, developed economy, but several factors could stand in the way.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Despite the setbacks of COVID-19, Malaysia is likely to make the transition from an upper-middle-income economy to a high-income economy in the next five years. This transition is not an easy one; in the past 30 years, only 33 countries have transitioned to high-income status. Navigating the next stage of development offers an opportunity to assess the quality and sustainability of Malaysia’s economic growth and highlights the need for tough reforms and policy changes.

Seeking Flexibility

Employees in India are demanding more flexibility post-pandemic, but three considerations should be top of mind.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The COVID-19 pandemic ushered flexibility into the workplace like never before, with employers adapting to meet the needs of their employees as they transitioned to a new remote reality. Now, many companies are finding that flexibility is no longer a nice to have—it is an expectation.

New Study: Post-Pandemic Work Era

A new study reveals five workforce approaches stemming from the lessons of the pandemic.

By Zee Johnson

When the COVID-19 lockdown began, organisations worldwide had to rethink their working structures.  The new model sought? One that drove productivity, ensured safety, and catered to employees’ shifting attitudes whilst working from the confines of their homes.

New Research: Learning and Development

Honing in on both hard and soft skills will be key in the new world of work.

By Zee Johnson

Global organisations are working to make the transition from the old world of work to the new normal as seamless as possible. This adjustment requires proactive and engaged leadership and employees who are receptive to the new skills they are needed.

Udemy’s 2021 Workplace Learning Trends Report identifies the most common changes that occurred during 2020 and how businesses can effectively implement them.

Adapting to Digital Natives

Young employees demand greater choice, flexibility, and autonomy from their employers.

By Marta Chmielowicz

Millennials and Generation Z workers, aged between 18 and 40, currently make up most of the global workforce. By 2035, these digital natives will be at the helm of many leadership teams, so understanding and investing in this cohort is critical to future business success.

Rethinking EVP

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the importance of a human-centric EVP that supports the overarching needs of the workforce.

By Simon Kent

Recruiting and retaining great talent has never been about one thing. Salary can be important for candidates, but so too can health and well-being support, discounts, and memberships afforded through employment, the social life around work, and the brand image of the business itself. According to Gartner HR research, companies increasingly need to take a holistic approach to what it means to be employed. Bundling these elements under the company’s employee value proposition (EVP), Gartner’s 2021 Benchmarking Survey found only 31% of HR leaders believe their current employees are actually satisfied with what they’re getting from work.

Putting Skills First

Microsoft and LinkedIn are working to help employees and organisations acquire digital skills.

By Marta Chmielowicz

The COVID-19 pandemic and technological advancements of the past year have ushered in a need for education and skills to function in today’s digital economy. Employers and employees alike must increasingly identify and develop these skills in order to remain competitive in a dynamic and fast-moving business climate.