Corporate Culture - Lee Boon-ying
Director, Hong Kong Observatory
Characteristics of the corporate culture
Specifically, we firmly believe in quality time. Colleagues are encouraged to work according to their official hours, not extended hours. Staying behind at the office is not conducive to personal effectiveness. Colleagues are encouraged to spend time with family and engage in recreational activities.
We put emphasis on work-life balance, which ensures that colleagues distribute their time evenly between work, family, leisure and rest. Colleagues are provided with a good working environment. In their leisure, they have ample time to keep their body in shape and to enrich themselves through self-learning.
Merits of the characteristics
Work-life balance ensures that colleagues' minds and bodies are always in their optimal state of performance. The yearly staff opinion survey tells us that colleagues are now more proud and satisfied than ever. Job ownership and satisfaction are all that are required for an organisation to continue evolving and reach new heights.
We have merged internal committees of similar nature and reduced the number of regular meetings. Routine work is constantly streamlined and automated to relieve colleagues of chores. This enables more time to be devoted to creative thinking and innovative work.
There are regular exercise and domestic classes, sports activities and competitions. Learning is highly valued as a lifelong process for colleagues. They are subsidised in training courses and encouraged to read topics of their interest besides science subjects. Where possible, they are given the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences to broaden their experience and acquire a global view.