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Lessons from coronavirus outbreak: Challenges of working from home

2020-03-27

The coronavirus outbreak has been declared a global pandemic. Governments around the world have to be well prepared for a tough battle ahead. A large number of employees have already been advised to work from home. What are the challenges they are facing? How could they adapt to this operating model?


Lessons from coronavirus outbreak: Implications of working from home for enterprises

2020-03-19

As the deadly coronavirus continues its global spread, a large number of enterprises need to arrange employees to work from home to help prevent the virus from spreading. Overseas media claimed that the situation has triggered ‘the world's biggest work-from-home experiment’. This ‘experiment’ could have implications for business operating model in the future.


Should school-based physical education (PE) be reformed to move HK teens?

2020-03-16

The amount of daily physical activity of Hong Kong teenagers is below WHO’s standard. Also, the average curriculum time of PE is even lower than the global average. Does Hong Kong need a reform in PE to encourage students to have more physical activities and assist them to develop a habit of regular exercise?


Provide a springboard to foster ‘Post-50’ joining the labour market
Cultivate a positive work environment attracting new blood

2020-03-12

The study has reviewed the changes of Labour Force Participation Rate (LFPR) from 1998 to 2018 and analysed the relationship between the LFPR and the demographic characteristics, with a focus on exploring LFPR of persons aged 50 or above (Post-50) and their impacts on the labour market. The Centre hopes the findings help lay a groundwork for different stakeholders to unleash the potential of local workforce, and to plan ahead for manpower planning strategies in promoting Post-50 employment.


The 'glass cliff' puts women in power during crises

2020-03-11

Under the economic downturn and the outbreak of novel coronavirus, lots of local enterprises are facing adverse circumstances. A research pointed out that women are more likely to be promoted to positions of organisational leadership during periods of crisis. However, it is also more likely to make them fail, putting them in a precarious position called 'glass cliff'.


Should first aid training be included in primary and secondary education?

2019-11-22

A local study found that bystanders with first-aid training are more likely to offer help in emergency situations. It makes people ponder whether first-aid training should be included in the curriculum of primary and secondary schools. Perhaps Hong Kong can make reference to related experiences of Denmark, Japan, UK and several US states.


Is a four-day work week feasible in Hong Kong?

2019-11-14

Many employees in Hong Kong always work their tails off. As modern people put increasing emphasis on work-life balance, a four-day work week letting employees enjoy extra time off has become popular in foreign countries. One of the latest example is the tryout of Microsoft Japan allowing staffs to have Fridays off for a month. What are the results of different kinds of four-day work week experiments? Is this idea feasible in Hong Kong?


Pros and cons of self-set salaries

2019-11-04

Allowing employees to adjust the salary level at their own discretion has become a new talent attraction strategy among overseas companies. It sounds like a good idea for employees. However, is it merely a gimmick of particular companies or operationally viable?


Ideal and reality of special education

2019-10-31

The Chief Executive's 2019 Policy Address suggests providing additional service places for students with special educational needs (SEN) and implement a pilot project in order to provide early intervention services for children who show signs of special needs. Educational scholars have proposed various strategies to support SEN students over the years. What is the most effective way to foster social inclusion?


British porn firewall experiment: A lesson for Hong Kong?

2019-08-26

The rapid advancement of internet technologies has sparked worries among parents that their children may access adult content easily, giving them a false idea about sex in real life. The UK Government plans to introduce a mandatory age verification scheme to keep online pornography away from adolescents, yet the scheme has been severely criticised by others. What can Hong Kong learn from overseas experiences?