Inspiring "intrapreneurs" with flexible working
Given the increasing importance placed on developing entrepreneurship within the business by companies such as Google and Dell , the survey asked respondents to identify which measures they regarded as key to nurturing so-called intrapreneurs. Theyfound that almost half of Hong Kong firms selected mixing staff from different functions (46%), followed by skills updating programmes (42%) and formal innovation programmes (29%).
The findings in Hong Kong are similar to the global average. However, 37% of respondents in Mainland China and 41% in Taiwanbelieve that access to senior management is also a key innovation driver compared with just 28% in Hong Kong. These are the key findings of the latest research by Regus that canvassed the views of more than 19,000 senior business owners and employees in 98 countries.
Some additional highlights are:
· 82% of Hong Kong respondents think entrepreneurship has increased in the past five years in their sector;
· 10% state that female entrepreneurship is on the rise and 13% say the same about that serial-entrepreneurship.
· 36% believe that IT systems/software hold the richest potential for setting up a business nowadays.
"With small businesses accounting for over 90% of enterprises and over three-fifths of employment in most economies, it is clear why entrepreneurship should be encouraged and nurtured," said John Henderson, Chief Financial Officer, Regus Asia-Pacific.
"Businesses have come to realise the powerful innovative drive of entrepreneurs too and are looking to foster entrepreneurship among their own employees. So how can entrepreneurial behaviour be encouraged? Flexible working not only taps into employee demand for a better work:life balanceby allowing them to work their own hours and from different locations, but it also helps employees mingle with workers from different functions, and even different firms, dramatically broadening their outlook and experience. Flexibility and diverse input can really help employees think outside the box and seek out innovation."
 The Financial Times, Intrepreneurs to the rescue, 13th March 2014
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Its network of more than 1,800 business centres in 101 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations,motorway service stations and even community centres.
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