Gender equality in the workplace has become a key issue for companies around the world in the past few years. While progress is being made, the gender gap is very much an ongoing issue, however, how do men and women really feel about working with each other?
Recruitment firm Randstad's latest Workmonitor research from Q3 2016 revealed that employees in Hong Kong see the value of mixed-gender teams, with some caveats.
According to the Randstad Workmonitor report, 83% of Hong Kong employees want to work in gender-diverse team, just below the global average of 87%.
The preference for mixed-gender teams may come from the findings that almost nine out of ten employees (88%) feel that gender diverse teams are better for success. Hong Kong female employees, 92%, felt much stronger than men, 83%, about the positive benefits of gender diverse teams.
Hong Kong employees went on to state their preference for mixed teams with 86% of women and 81% of men revealing that they want to work in gender diverse teams.
While employees overall noted their preference for mixed teams, Hong Kongers revealed that they still prefer to work in teams comprised mainly of people of the same gender.
The Randstad Workmonitor found that 60% of employees preferred to work in a team with mainly people of the same gender, the second highest globally after China (62%). This result turned out to be nearly double the global average of 32%.
When comparing the genders, men looked more open to working mostly with the same gender (68%) compared to women (54%).
Natellie Sun, Managing Director for Randstad Hong Kong noted, "With gender equality in the workplace being a key issue for companies around the world, it is heartening to see that employees in Hong Kong see the value of working in mixed gender teams and see that it can bring success to a company."
"It is also interesting to see that although Hong Kong employees want to work in mixed gender teams, they still prefer to work in teams composed mostly of the same gender. As the majority of employees do feel there is value in diversity, but still prefer largely same sex teams, companies still need to work on the promotion of inclusion to help employees familiarize with the changing workplace," added Natellie Sun.