Monday is the longest working day for Hong Kong Workers: Research Confirms

December 16, 20158:20 am1113 views

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.Regus_Which day of the week respondents are most likely to have to work overtime

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.

“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 Officer, Regus Asia-Pacific.

Hours of Overtime (s) Global Average HongKong 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)

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Other key findings include:

  • 31% in Hong Kong and 38% globally work a full extra day or more, confirming that daily overtime is the new 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.

“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 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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