Press Release: Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey 2014
China’s professionals more aware of flexible working arrangements despite long hours at the office
Of the Chinese professionals who responded to the Morgan McKinley Working Hours 2014 survey, 65% say they are putting in extra hours at the office. They are also more aware of the flexible working options available to them than others in the region.
The majority of survey respondents work in the China’s financial services sector.
Survey findings also show that whilst just over half (54%) of China’s professionals feel obligated to work longer hours than contracted, only 39% say they are more productive during this time.
With China’s professionals putting in longer hours at the office, 88% of those who responded to the survey say that this has some impact, or impacts heavily, on their work-life balance. China’s office workers are the most likely to continue working from home or mobile devices once they have left the office when compared with others in Asia. Over three quarters (77%) of those who responded admit to this. This figure is closely followed by Hong Kong at 76%, Singapore (72%) and Japan (61%).
Survey findings also show that across professionals in the Asia Pacific region, China is the most aware of the flexible working arrangements available to them at their organisation. Just 7% say they are not aware of any options, compared with 26% in Hong Kong, 20% in Singapore, 24% in Japan and 13% in Australia. Of all the countries surveyed in Asia Pacific, China had the greatest proportion (39%) of respondents who say they are aware of plans to implement changes to working hours as they stand. This is compared with Hong Kong where 20% of respondents say they are aware of plans to change the status quo and Japan where just 9% say they are aware of any imminent changes to working hours.
Rio Goh, China Country Head, Morgan McKinley, comments: “China is progressive in offering flexible working arrangements to its staff compared with its Asia-Pacific neighbours. Companies which offer flexible working options to their employees often see increased productivity across the workforce”.
Notes to editors:
Morgan McKinley surveyed professionals in China as part of the Working Hours survey questionnaire in August 2014. Respondents are all professionals on the Morgan McKinley database who are engaged in a range of specialist sectorssuch as Financial Services , Technology, Retail/FMCG, Construction & Engineering, Public Sector, Media, Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Legal.
The survey was conducted in Australia, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
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