Date
29 March 2017
Hong Kong is moving in the right direction in terms of fostering a positive workplace for people from all walks of life, a human resources firm says. Photo: Bloomberg
Hong Kong is moving in the right direction in terms of fostering a positive workplace for people from all walks of life, a human resources firm says. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong tops in Asia for workplace inclusion: survey

Hong Kong tops the list in Asia for workplace inclusion and diversity, according to the latest Randstad Workmonitor survey.

Only 19 percent of survey respondents in Hong Kong said they encountered instances of workplace discrimination, the lowest in the region along with Japan.

For China the figure was at 21 percent, well ahead of Asian neighbors such as India (49 percent) and Malaysia (30 percent), Randstad said in a press release.

Hong Kong has anti-discriminatory laws in place for race, gender, family status and disability, which are enforced by the Equal Opportunities Commission, the job search and recruitment agency noted.

The city also has a self-regulated code of practice for sexual orientation discrimination. 

Hong Kong is definitely heading in the right direction in terms of fostering a positive workplace for people from all walks of life, but organizations still need to work hard to stamp out any type of workplace discrimination, said Peter Yu, director of Randstad Hong Kong.

“An inclusive environment requires employers to be supportive of the different circumstances employees from diverse backgrounds face and implement measures to meet these needs, for example providing flexible work arrangements for mature workers or mothers.” 

“By creating a more inclusive workforce, companies will reap the benefits of having access to a wider talent pool, leading to productivity and innovation gains,” Yu added in the press release.

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