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Tattoos in the workplace: Should it be allowed?

2020-05-25

There is a growing prevalence of showing tattoos in workplace in recent years. Some employers are also becoming more open-minded with this trend and even revise the dress code policy correspondingly. How should other employers and employees respond to these changes?


Upgrading ‘Post-50’’s competitiveness in labour market by strengthening training

2020-05-09

Hong Kong’s economy is in the doldrums in the recent few months and the unemployment situation is getting worse. On the other hand, Hong Kong is facing the long-term challenges brought by ageing population and low fertility rate. Whether it is to retain jobs right now or prepare for future challenges, the society should help a group of potential workers aged 50 and above (i.e. Post-50) enhance their competitiveness in the job market. This article will analyse the characteristics and labour force participation of ‘Post-50’, aspiring to help the society to re-plan its employment strategy.


Is the city ready for switching to e-learning?

2020-04-27

Due to the enduring COVID-19 pandemic, school resumption date has yet to be confirmed. Under the principle of ‘suspending classes without suspending learning’, some schools have switched to online lessons. Is it an opportunity for Hong Kong to widely adapt to e-learning? How should students and teachers deal with software and hardware issues when applying e-learning?



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.