Upbeat January trade-performance figures from the mainland and positive signs that Hong Kong enterprises could benefit from a strengthening global trade environment during 2014 are prompting employers to boost their middle-management capabilities, writes Chris Davis.
Human capital – how best to develop, engage, manage and retain talent – is the most pressing challenge faced by businesses today, a recent global survey of top executives has revealed, writes Darius Musni.
After riding out a bumpy post-financial-crisis road for several years, Asia’s hedge fund management industry shows signs of finding its wheels again, with rising base salaries and a return to hiring activity, writes Chris Davis.
Faced with lacklustre demand from developed markets, moderate GDP growth forecasts and rising salary costs, employers on the mainland are looking for innovative, but sustainable, ways to reward and retain employees, writes Chris Davis.
Job stress comes in different forms and while a certain amount of workplace stress is considered by some experts to be positive, it can lead to adverse consequences, such as lower productivity as well as emotional and physical health problems, writes Chris Davis.
Amid global economic uncertainty, a survey by Mercer Hong Kong shows that multinationals operating in the city are starting the year with a healthy dose of optimism, with 44 per cent expecting business performance to be better than in 2013, writes Chris Davis.