Hong Kong,
07
December
2015
|
04:41
Asia/Hong_Kong

Hong Kong workers confirm: Monday really is the longest day

14% of Hong Kong professionals put extra 15 hours overtime work a week

 

Hong Kong, 7th December, 2015 – New research by global workplace provider Regus reveals that workers globally (16%) are most likely to work overtime on Monday. What’s more, while most people put in 2-4 hours extra each week, a committed two fifths work a full extra day – or even more – every week.

The research, which surveyed over 44,000 business people from more than 100 countries, including 349 business professionals in Hong Kong, reveals that working long hours has become the norm, with most workers putting in at least a small amount of overtime every week.

The situation in Hong Kong is more concerning, with 27% of respondents confirming they tend work overtime on Monday. That percentage is even higher than their counterparts in Mainland China, where 25.8% of respondents stay late on Mondays to catch up on work that built up over the weekend.
 

Worse still, more than one in ten (14%) respondents in Hong Kong, are teetering close to burn out and putting in over 15 hours in a week – basically working the equivalent of a seven-day week. The result echoes with the latest Public Policy Studies findings that showed 35% of surveyed respondents have to work more than 50 hours a week.

Looking at the highest percentage of overtime hours across key Asia Pacific markets, Hong Kong is the most hard working market with 20% of respondents working 4-6 hours of overtime a week. The majority of other key Asia Pacific markets work 2-4hours overtime a week.

 

Hours of Overtime (s)

Global Average

Hong Kong

Mainland China

Japan

Singapore

South Korea

Australia

a. ≤ 1

12%

12%

18.5%

16.3%

17%

13.8%

11.6%

b. 2-4

19%

18%

31.8%

24.8%

22%

31.9%

19.1%

c. 4-6

17%

20%

16.6%

13.9%

15%

17.7%

15.7%

d. 6-8

15%

19%

12.6%

11.1%

14%

12.1%

14.9%

e. 8-12

16%

11%

9.9%

12.6%

14%

12.4%

16.2%

f. 12-15

7%

6%

2.3%

6.9%

5%

4.3%

7.6%

g. 15+

14%

14%

8.3%

14.4%

13%

7.8%

14.9%

(Source: Regus survey, 2014)

 

Other key findings include:

  • 31% in Hong Kong, and 38% globally work a full extra day or more, confirming that daily overtime is the norm for many workers globally
  • The day workers are most likely to stay on longer is Monday (16% globally, 27% in Hong Kong) when workers catch up from the weekend and try to get ahead. Towards the middle of the week on Tuesday (9% in Hong Kong) or Wednesday (9% globally) many do overtime
  • Workers are also keen to get out early on Fridays, when only 15% of Hong Kong respondents (10% globally) commit to regularly doing overtime.

“While the commitment of workers is admirable, it is worrying that a small proportion of Hong Kong professionals are working the equivalent of a seven-day week! While it can’t be healthy to carry out so much overtime, it is also true that the location this work is carried out in plays an in important role in contributing to worker wellbeing,” said John Wright, Chief Executive Office of Regus Asia-Pacific.

“If workers are able to carry out an acceptable amount of overtime from a location closer to home, they will benefit from a shorter commute at the end of the day and a more efficient use of their time. If instead, punitively long hours are combined with gruelling commutes, workers could be facing burnout all too soon.” Wrights added.

 

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About Regus

Regus is the world’s largest provider of workspace, with customers including some of the world’s most successful, entrepreneurs, individuals and multi-million dollar corporations.

Our network of 2,600 locations in 106 countries encompasses 43 million square feet of the world’s leading locations, offering convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful as they grow around the world.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is open wherever our 2.1 million members need support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, universities, motorway service stations and even community centres. With brands including Regus, Regus Express, Signature Group, Open Office, Spaces and Kora within our group, there is something for every business need, from traditional offices to vibrant creative environments that foster creative thinking and collaboration.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit www.regus.com.hk