Employee engagement has definitely become one of the hottest topics in the Hong Kong Human Resources community. There were many events and conferences hosted locally that specifically focused in this area. As Hong Kong is the headquarters of many multinational and established organizations, the employee engagement strategies are often pretty advanced and developed.
Hong Kong is definitely a very dynamic city with lots of changes and challenges that affect employee’s engagement level in an organization. In 2008 and 2009 during financial tsunami, many organizations have frozen their headcounts and some even have downsized their organizations to adapt to the market situation. In 2010 when the economy has recovered, many organizations have experienced high employee turnover and the shortage of talent in their organization. In 2011, the salary structure has changed quite extensively with the implementation of the minimum wages regulation. This has definitely changed many employees’ expectations about their wages. In 2012, the government is considering to change the MPF scheme for employees. This will definitely have an impact in employee engagement if not dealt with properly.