The number of women in line management roles in Hong Kong has decreased according to research from Hays. Carried out in March and April this year, the survey revealed 31 per cent of respondents in Hong Kong report to a female line manager – a decrease on last year’s result of 38 per cent.
The research found Malaysia had the highest proportion of respondents reporting to a female line manager (46 per cent) followed by Singapore (45 per cent) Mainland China (44 per cent) and Japan which is the lowest in the region (28 per cent).
“Diversity and inclusion (D&I) is critical to coping with the impact of Hong Kong’s ageing workforce as well as having managers and leaders that better reflect an organisation’s customers,” says Dean Stallard, managing director of Hays Greater Bay Area. “Changing societal norms also mean more women than ever want to build substantial careers so Hong Kong risks losing some of its best talent to other countries/regions if companies don’t place D&I high on the business agenda.
“It should be noted that D&I is about a range of diversity – not just gender. Organisations need people who can look at problems in new ways so recruiting and retaining people of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences is key,” he says.
The research found 39 per cent of respondents in Hong Kong vs 32 per cent across Asia believe employees of equal capability have equal access to career opportunities regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, family commitments, marital status, race, religion or sexuality.
“Human resources teams have been doing most of the heavy lifting when it comes to diversity but it’s becoming clear that senior leadership teams in Hong Kong have been championing D&I as highlighted below and are well versed in the bottom line benefits and consequences involved,” said Dean. “We hope those championing D&I in their organisations will make use of our 2018 results to move D&I even higher up the business agenda.”
Other findings of the 2018 Hays Diversity & Inclusion – Asia report include:
• 42 per cent of respondents in Hong Kong believe their organisation seizes every opportunity to create a work culture that is more diverse and inclusive compared to an average 39 per cent across the region.
• 51 per cent work in organisations in Hong Kong that actively promote flexible work practices for working parents compared to 40 per cent across the region.
• 41 per cent of respondents in Hong Kong have access to mentors at work compared to 40 per cent across the region.
• 93 per cent of survey participants in Hong Kong say the daily behaviours of their leaders align to organisation’s values compared to 56 per cent across the region.
• Respondents in Hong Kong believe the three top areas where D&I has the greatest impact in the workplace is ‘company culture’, ‘leadership’ and ‘staff morale’. ‘Company culture, ‘leadership’ were also the consensus across Asia with ‘innovation’ coming in ahead of ‘staff morale’.