Working Smarter – The case for flexible and agile working

In many regions, flexible and agile working has been deployed to harness advances in technology, embrace a globalised economy, and acknowledge mental health and work-life balance. When deployed effectively, it has delivered enhanced worker output, warded off attrition and benefited companies’ bottom lines. However, with some of the longest working hours on the planet and a focus on presenteeism, Hong Kong has been slow to embrace flexible and agile working. 

A report by Women in Law Hong Kong (WILHK), the legal industry’s 1,400 member non-profit, explores why and what we can all do to improve the status quo and remain attractive to tomorrow’s talent. Nearly 400 men and women responded anonymously to WILHK’s survey, from lawyers to support staff, and across private practice law firms, in-house legal teams and alternative legal service providers.

Michelle Fung, a Canadian qualified lawyer and co-chair of WILHK’s flexible and agile committee, led this multi-year project and authored the report as endorsed by Hong Kong’s Department of Justice, Equal Opportunities Commission and The Women’s Foundation. At this session, Michelle will discuss the outputs of the report and the role flexible and agile working has to play in private practice and in-house. Michelle will summarise the report’s outputs and provide practical tips for your organisation. 

WILHK’s report can be read here and snapshot infographic, here.