In Hong Kong, it doesn’t so much matter what you do at work…it’s how long you’re there. Here’s some highlights from Amy Wu’s article, Office Zombies, which appeared in the SCMP, Oct 27, 2011:
Amy Wu says it’s time Hong Kong bosses and workers realised it’s not the number of hours you put in that counts, but how productive you are…
I’m a big fan of the eight-hour working day. This doesn’t make me very popular in Hong Kong, the unofficial international capital of overwork. On any given day, Hongkongers work 10 or more hours, not counting weekends or other times when gadgets blur the boundaries between work and play.
Hong Kong is a magnet for workaholics. The long queues of panda-eyed, hunchbacked white collar workers at bus stops at 8pm or 9pm tell the story of an overstretched workforce. To be sure, studies by various organisations have consistently shown that Hong Kong takes the cake when it comes to cities with the longest working hours.
Overwork takes a toll personally and professionally. A friend recently complained that she was too tired to play with her four-year-old after 10 hours at work. The culprit was a boss whose idea of worker loyalty was sleeping over at the office.
“We can’t leave until he leaves, otherwise it looks bad,” my friend sighed, seeing no end in sight.
What Hong Kong really needs is a “work less, work smarter” campaign. And the public and private sectors should consider creating a “work-life balance” committee that would hold public seminars on how to work more efficiently, or techniques on how to deal with bosses who are hopeless workaholics.”
“Workaholism” is more a part of the Hong Kong culture than anything else.”
Personally…I think Amy is on to something…