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Investing in a well-connected, safe, and aesthetically pleasing workplace might be better than splurging on an expensive-but-central office space.

As it turns out, your employees across Singapore, Hong Kong, China, South Korea and Taiwan – as well as other countries around the world – care more about their office having reliable and fast IT services, and being professional and presentable, than they care about location.

In a survey from Regus, which polled more than 22,000 respondents in 100 countries, 86% of respondents in Singapore and 85% in Hong Kong said reliable technology is their top feature of an ideal workspace. These were both above the global average of 82%.

Employees also cited an office environment which “guaranteed safety for belongings” as a key feature.

Close to eight out of 10 (78%) of respondents in Singapore and China chose safety as a desired trait, followed by 70% in Hong Kong.

“Workers globally agree that the key feature of an ideal work environment is highly functional ICT, highlighting the need to remain productive and connected at all times,” Michael Ormiston, country manager, Regus Hong Kong, said.

“But they also require a smart, safe and professional environment that is well served by transport links. In addition, business people also value being close to other firms in their industry, but they are not willing to locate close to a similar size company. This suggests that, firms see more value in mixing with dissimilar firms.”

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A prestigious location was ranked relatively low by respondents, with only 15% in Singapore and Hong Kong citing it as an important trait of the ideal workspace, on par with the global average.

“Respondents also highlight that locations that are prestigious or up-and-coming hold less attraction than useful locations that have more services nearby, such as transport links, restaurants and shops,” Ormiston said.

“Most of all, workers confirm that they would like to be closer to home, thus cutting the daily commute. The opportunity to work nearer to home at least some of the time would give workers more free time and reduce the productivity drain posed by commuting.”

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