Trade-off between productivity gains and job losses isn't so simple

The cost of job protection

A popular view these days is that robots and labour-saving technologies are destroying jobs and creating a growing group of disillusioned people who harbour a deepening sense of alienation from society.

If true, the future indeed looks bleak.

Thursday, 20 February, 2014, 5:00am

Beijing urged to boost productivity to encourage economic growth

A worker on the assembly line at a plastics factory. China's total-factor productivity is much lower than in developed countries. Photo: Reuters

The mainland should foster economic growth through improving productivity and becoming less reliant on capital investments to fuel expansion, which is a recipe for inflation and the creation of asset price bubbles, an official warned at the weekend.

8 May 2015 - 9:46am

Employers rein in after-hours e-mails to boost productivity

Katey Klippel makes a point of keeping her smartphone in her bag when she returns home from a hard day at the management consulting firm where she works in Washington.

That way, she can better practise what her employer preaches and stop checking her e-mails after hours.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Asian ports need to be as efficient as Europe, shipping executive says

Hong Kong's efficiency lags behind mainland ports. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong and other Asian ports are falling behind European port operators in terms of productivity, a senior shipping executive has warned.

Nicolas Sartini, group senior vice-president of Asia-Europe lines at French container line CMA CGM, said some European ports were 50 per cent more efficient at loading and unloading containers than those in Asia.

15 Nov 2012 - 5:02am

Asian manufacturing slows, but services have been slow to fill the gap

Programmers at work in a software firm in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Upgrading the service sector could play a critical role in the future growth of Asia. Photo: AFP

The euro-zone crisis has dominated discussions among policymakers over the past few years, but the economic slowdown in Asia's two giants - China and India - has become a source of growing public concern as well. How worried should we be about an additional drag on the global economy?

14 Nov 2012 - 3:16am

Streamlining pays off

Facing high office rents, how can companies save space without compromising on productivity?

'The workplace will impact staff performance [which in turn] directly impacts company performance and is reflected in productivity,' says Paul Scroggie, director of workplace consultancy Knight Frank.

13 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Today: Canadian Chamber of Commerce event: 'Personal productivity basics: How to beat overload and get more done'. Compass offices, Infinitus Plaza, Central.

Monday, September 19: Canadian Chamber of Commerce lunch: 'EDC - Canadian direct investment in Asia'. Club Lusitano.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Present but unproductive

Have you ever showed up for work when you are physically sick or badly in need of a break? While doing so deserves credit for commitment, it does more harm than good to yourself and the company in the long run.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

Tackling absenteeism

Baat Gwaa was initially slightly puzzled by a few friends who were discussing how they would deal with the World Cup this month.

In fact, these friends, who are in personnel management, were trying to tackle the expected spike in absenteeism as employees skip work to watch the tournament.

11 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Wage hike

Civil servants are set to get the biggest pay rise in 10 years, of up to 6 per cent. Do you agree with a senior official that improved productivity will cushion the effects of the salary increase on the economy? Write to us.

5 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Back to maths class for the transport secretary

As regards the fact that the approved fare increase rates do not follow the formula outcome, [Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva] Cheng said when announcing the bus fare adjustment arrangement in 2006, the government already made clear the formula's outcome would not operate as an automatic determinant of the bus fare adjustment outcome.

Government news release

22 May 2008 - 12:00am

2007 HKAI Winners

Category Consumer Product Design

Organiser Federation of Hong Kong Industries

Consumer Product Design Grand Award

Protronic (Far East) - Flashlight Digital Video Recorder

Consumer Product Design Award

Group Sense (International) - GPS Hatchback

IDT International - Crystal Weather Station

24 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

What's On

December 5

1 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Industrial firms post 37pc surge in profits

Mainland 'at the peak of corporate performance'

Profits at mainland industrial companies surged 37 per cent to 1.56 trillion yuan in the first eight months, powered by the country's demand for minerals and other commodities to fuel its soaring economic growth.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Grass-roots approach to fighting terror

'When my tyre was flat in Pakistan's countryside, many villagers came to help,' recalls Li Donglin. 'Touched by their kindness, I offered money but they all refused. In Islamabad I have a papaya tree in my garden, but nobody steals the fruit. I think it has something to do with Islam's sense of supporting each other in a community.'

6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am