Malaysian Employees not Empowered to Embrace Demands of Digital Office

The Asia Workplace 2020 Study by Microsoft has unveiled that employees in Malaysia do not feel empowered to embrace the demands of the digital office. According to the study, only 7 out of 10 respondents in Malaysia consider themselves to be mobile workers and spend at least 20% of their working time outside the office. Only 41% feel empowered by their organization’s culture and managers to be able to work together productively and collaboratively. In addition, only 32% of respondents agree that their organisation is committed at a leadership level to ensure every employee is included in closing the digital skills gaps within the workforce. Moving forward, Microsoft said organizations need to rethink how they can empower their workforce with the right culture, policy, infrastructure and tools to maximise their potential. This would include embracing flexi-work and looking at new workplace practices, especially with the impeding influx of digital natives (born after 2000) entering the workforce for the first time.

 

Disruptive Competition The Greatest Challenge In Telecommunications Sector

A survey conducted by Ernst & Young Advisory Services found that up to 37 per cent of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) have seen disruptive competition as the single greatest strategic challenge in the telecommunications sector. Titled, “Digital Transformation for 2020 and Beyond”, nearly three out of four survey respondents, or up to 74 per cent, had placed disruptive competition as their top three challenges,  followed by the lack of organisational agility (47 per cent) and lack of return on investment (37 per cent).

 

China to Enforce Cyber Security Law

China will adopt a controversial law that mandates strict data surveillance and storage for firms working in the country from 1 June, the official Xinhua news agency said. The law, passed in November by the country’s parliament, bans online service providers from collecting and selling users’ personal information, and gives users the right to have their information deleted, in cases of abuse.  “Those who violate the provisions and infringe on personal information will face hefty fines,” the news agency said, without elaborating.