Date
20 September 2017
Hong Kong employees suffer from work-related stress and are less satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong employees suffer from work-related stress and are less satisfied with their jobs, according to a survey. Photo: HKEJ

HK people struggle with job satisfaction, work-life balance

Hong Kong people are increasingly unable to balance life and work and are less satisfied with their jobs.

In both aspects, they rate below the passing mark, Jeanne Sau, chief marketing officer of MassMutual Asia Ltd., said Monday, citing a survey. 

They scored just 5.8 percent out of 10 in an index measuring work-life balance and 6.1 out of 10 on job satisfaction, according to the survey.

A score of 7 is acceptable and 8 is satisfactory, she said.

The poor results were mainly due to long working hours compared with those in other cities, Sau said.

Hong Kong people work 47 hours a week on average, 18 percent more than the standard in advanced economies.

Three in four work overtime, according to the survey by the University of Hong Kong.

The survey, carried out in the second quarter, polled 508 respondents aged 20 to 58.

More than 30 percent of the respondents said their working hours are too long while 28 percent complained about low income and slow salary growth.

About 20 percent suffer from work-related stress and 17 percent said they are not satisfied with their work.

Home ownership is the No. 1 goal of Hong Kong people, up from No. 2 in a 2011 poll.

Issues such as not having to worry about money, earning more and being able to afford a home also fell in the ranking of their priorities.

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