LinkedIn Hong Kong and Microsoft Hong Kong Launch Inaugural Collaboration to Drive Holistic Development of Hong Kong’s Workforce

 |   Rita Ngai

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Long-term partnership to promote diverse wellbeing topics such as diversity & inclusion, health & wellness at workplace, career planning and social impact

May 28 2020, Hong Kong –– As two of the leading technology companies in Hong Kong, LinkedIn Hong Kong and Microsoft Hong Kong join hands for the first time to launch a long-term program to further promote the importance of wellbeing for talents in the city, especially in the technology sector. The partnership aims to raise awareness on a wide range of topics including diversity and inclusion, health and wellness at work, social impact, workplace trends, leadership, as well as career planning and development.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the significant changes to our daily lives have caused fear, worry and stress as we cope with various measures to maintain social distancing. In a survey conducted by the University of Hong Kong between March and April, more than 40% of respondents showed symptoms of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or any combination of the three.

This inaugural partnership between LinkedIn Hong Kong and Microsoft Hong Kong includes a year-long series of free Teams webinars with speakers from the two companies, and experts from external organizations such as CareER. In person networking activities, such as book clubs, meditation and yoga classes, will also be arranged at later stage.

“Faced with new realities of working from home, home-schooling of children and lack of physical contact with other family members, friends and colleagues, it is important that we look after our mental, as well as our physical, health. As companies are restarting growth with remote working becoming the new normal, business leaders should also provide support to their employees as we transition to this new phase of business operations,” said Cally Chan, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong and Macau.

“Through collaborating with LinkedIn Hong Kong, we have expanded our reach and content to support Hong Kong’s workforce on their wellbeing development. We hope this partnership can raise more awareness about the importance of work life harmony in Hong Kong,” Chan added.

“Having the right mindset is very important during this period. Professionals should remain resilient and focus on powering through this time. One way to do this is to set clear goals for yourself, and that includes time for self-care. It’s important to make this part of routine to remain focused and productive, both in work and family life. Organizations should also look to keep their culture alive and be ready to provide support for their employees. After all, their employees now have more responsibilities now in a workday – on top of working from home, they also have to ensure the wellbeing of their parents and children,” said Feon Ang, Vice-President, Talent and Learning Solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn.

The next Teams webinar will be on June 12, 2020 from 11am to 12pm with the topic “Building a diverse and inclusive workplace for people with disabilities”. Facilitated by Nicole Burns and Karen Kim from Women@LinkedIn Hong Kong, speakers include Ada Ng, Director, Corporate Affairs and Philanthropies, Microsoft Hong Kong; Toby Chan, Senior Account Manager at Microsoft Hong Kong; and Ada Lee, Program Manager at CareER. Anyone who is interested to join this Teams webinar can RSVP through this link.

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