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From Sydney to Shanghai, successful workplace change relies on cultural awareness, employee engagement

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Jones Lang LaSalle report examines how companies are using CRE to drive the bottom line

SINGAPORE, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Understanding cultural differences is the key to successful workplace change programs in Asia, according to a new report from Jones Lang LaSalle( ).

Alternative workplace strategies (AWS) can improve space usage and support increased business productivity through supporting the nature of work today and enabling mobile workers. In a recent Jones Lang LaSalle survey of real estate professionals in Asia Pacific, 30% indicated they have implemented AWS and it is working well, while 36% said they would like to try it.

Key findings of the report “Driving Effective Workplace Change in Asia( )”:

— Economic uncertainty, emerging technologies, talent shortages and
the pursuit of increased business productivity are forcing
organizations to consider enabling mobile workers and more flexible
— In Asia, mind-sets about work style change are evolving due to the
accelerating globalisation of Asian multi-national corporations
— The diversity of local cultures in Asia requires workplace change
programs to be culturally adapted, not merely transplanted from
West to East.
— For many Asian corporations, geographic expansion means hiring locals
in the countries they enter and adapting their work policies to suit
a more culturally diverse workforce.
— Telecommuting has been successfully implemented by MNCs in Asia,
especially IT companies. In post-earthquake Japan, companies are
embracing programs enabling employees to work from home to raise
productivity, reduce transportation pollution and support business
continuity planning.
— India is a leader of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, where
employees use their own IT equipment at work; resulting in
increased mobility, higher job satisfaction and productivity and
efficiency improvements.

Su Lim, Head of Strategic Workplace Services, Asia Pacific at Jones Lang LaSalle( ) said: “The time is ripe for workplace change in Asia. However, even with the best intentions, 70% of change initiatives fail and workplace change is no exception. The keys to success are leadership endorsement and employee engagement. Understanding how leadership and culture influence the workplace, and which factors contribute to employee engagement or resistance, is crucial to success.”

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Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2011 global revenue of $3.6bn, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 70 countries from more than 1,000 locations worldwide, including 200 corporate offices. The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 2.1bn square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with $47.2bn of assets under management.

Contact: Madeleine Little
Phone: +65 6494 7003
Reference: AP073

SOURCE﹛Jones Lang LaSalle

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July 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm

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VTech Updates Media Statement

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HONG KONG, July 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — VTech Holdings Ltd (HKSE: 303) today announced that its customer Telstra has resumed selling VTech products in all Telstra-branded stores.

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“We are pleased with the Telstra decision. We will continue to ensure that our humane management practices are fully implemented in our factories, and our employees are working in a safe and harmonious environment,” said Allan Wong, Chairman and Group CEO of VTech Holdings Ltd.

For further information, please contact:

Grace Pang VTech Holdings Ltd +852-2680-1000 (office) +852-2680-1788 (fax) (email)

SOURCE VTech Holdings Ltd

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July 5, 2012 at 9:37 am