During a panel discussion at the 2019 Hong Kong Shared Good Values Sustainable Development Goals Summit, Labour Department manager of workplace consultation promotion division, Dennis Ho, pointed out that a top down approach is the most effective way when it comes to reinforcing a good work culture.
Top management has the power to delegate responsibility in the workplace, which is why they can best spur managers and employees on to making a change. Ho attributed the success of the implementation of the five-day work week across the civil servants in 2006 to the then-chief executive of Hong Kong, Donald Tsang.
Looking forward, family-friendly policies will be the labour department’s main focus. Ho believes that work culture extends from the workplace to the employees’ family and their personal life.
“Hong Kong employers should work on family-friendly employment practices, for example, extending the benefits to family members,” he said.
Family-friendly policies can help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance, increase their sense of belonging, motivate them to work wholeheartedly and build a positive image of the company.
Ho has 22 years of experience in administrative and regulatory management of Hong Kong’s workforce and workplace. In his current role, he is responsible for the promotion of labour legislation and human resources management.
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