Working in the future seems to integrate remote working as when the pandemic end still can’t be predicted. That’s why companies throughout Southeast Asia regions start to consider and apply the new working concept to accommodate the employees’ works as well as keep them safe.
Since Southeast Asia has a particular working culture that is different from other regions in the world, companies need to consider this culture. It is to make sure that employees remain to get the real working atmosphere when they work remotely.
Typical Working Atmosphere in Southeast Asia
As a lot of companies use hybrid work during COVID-19 to curb its spread, this working concept needs to adapt to the working culture in Southeast Asia regions. It is important to know that by considering the culture in this region, hybrid work can be more effective.
Taking about the culture in this region, companies strongly highlight family ties as well as camaraderie before the pandemic happens. That’s why employees feel a hole when they working from home as they don’t get such kind of atmosphere.
Employees feel glad because when they work in the office, they can feel camaraderie with their colleagues. They not only work as a team but also enjoy lunch and break time together. This family-like atmosphere becomes the main factor that makes employees want to work in the office again.
Even most workers in Philippines don’t afraid of spreading and getting affected by COVID-19. Instead, they are truly missing in-person meetings that occur in the office and make this a reason to return to working in the office.
Health Concern of Employees
Even though many employees in Southeast Asia regions miss the camaraderie and tight-knit atmosphere and have a desire of returning to the office, some of them also have a dilemma as the pandemic has not ended yet.
They feel cautious of getting back into the office because they also consider health into their concern, especially for employees who are not single-living. They might be worried that working in the office increases their possibility of contacting the viruses and infecting the family members at home.
String family ties in Southeast Asia regions also refers to a condition where working adults in these countries are currently living with their families. It might be their spouses, parents, siblings, or other relatives in small urban places.
Collaborative Atmosphere for Working in the Future
The implementation of hybrid work is affected by the location, too. For instance, companies in big cities like Paris and Los Angeles can adopt remote work faster because they cover larger residential spaces and have a rapid internet connection.
However, smaller cities such as Ho Chi Minh experience slower implementation. Besides, the climate affects the remote working experience. It is because employees who lived in large tropical climate regions find out full-time working from home to be uncomfortable.
A collaborative atmosphere now becomes the right option to get the balance to enjoy a comfortable working atmosphere and save the loved ones from the virus spreading.
Hybrid work now becomes the concept of working in the future in Southeast Asia as it integrates both camaraderie and responsibility to keep employees safe.