22 October 2018
Work-life balance has a direct impact on the health of employees. Photo: HKEJ
Work-life balance has a direct impact on the health of employees. Photo: HKEJ

Six in 10 HK employees say work-life balance deteriorating

More than 60 percent of employees in Hong Kong think work-life balance in the city is poorer now than a decade ago, Apple Daily reported on Thursday, citing a survey conducted recently by a non-profit organization.

The Community Business survey said only 14.4 percent of the respondents think the situation has improved.

The respondents gave an average score of six to the level of work-life balance in the territory, with 10 being the perfect score. A total of 1,000 full-time employees aged over 15 were interviewed in the survey.

Around 47.8 percent of the interviewees said their companies have not adopted a five-day work week. Among blue-collar workers, 78 percent reported the same situation.

Fern Ngai, chief executive officer of Community Business, said work-life balance has a direct effect on the health of employees.

A lack of balance will definitely exert a negative impact on their efficiency at work, she said.

Young employees tend to quit their job and look for a new one if they do not find work-life balance in their current employment.

As such, employers should give importance to the work-life balance of their staff to prevent brain drain, she said.

The survey also showed that it’s not easy to adopt a flexible work schedule and location in Hong Kong as most employers prefer to see their staff working at the office.

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