Working Time

There's no substitute for the real thing

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer. Photo: Reuters

First it was the supposed obsolescence of the workplace. Now it's the university classroom. The Western cult of online virtuality is overhyped. It's a good thing it has never caught on in this part of the world. Let's hope it never will.

Wednesday, 20 March, 2013, 3:11am 3 comments

Why face time in the office is irreplaceable

Yahoo announced a company-wide ban on 'remote' working. Photo: AP

A recent worldwide memo sent to all staff at Yahoo announced a company-wide ban on "remote" working. "To become the absolute best place to work," it read, "communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side."

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Show a little flexibility

Although Hong Kong is small and has an excellent transport system, many people could save time by working from home or on the road between meetings and sales calls, popping into the office only for important meetings.

At the same time, companies would benefit from such flexible arrangements.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Productivity rises as local work-life balance improves

The delicate balance between working and living has evened out slightly for Hong Kong workers, though still lags behind the global average, the latest Regus Work-Life Balance Index reveals.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A hard day at the beach

While tickets, passport and money will doubtless feature on the checklist as Hongkongers set off for the summer break, another priority sits high on the to-do list of many, with a large number of employees indicating they plan to spend up to three hours a day working on company business while they are on holiday.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Firefighters make sit-in threat in hours dispute

Firefighters will step up their industrial action by staging a sit-in protest unless the government provides details of how it plans to implement a reduction in their working hours by the end of next week.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rules will limit work when it's too hot

The mainland is taking steps to protect workers from scorching temperatures, through what will likely be its first set of comprehensive occupational safety standards for working in the blazing heat.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Putting the cart before the horse

The mainland's labour laws look good on paper, and proposed new regulations would fill in gaps on working hours to make them even more impressive. The paid breaks of 20 minutes for more than four hours' work, and the maximum 11-hour days, being suggested are just what factory workers, miners and drivers need.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

New rule aims to guarantee more rest for weary

The central government has proposed a new regulation to ensure that employees working irregular hours have ample time for rest, but labour experts have expressed doubts about whether it could be enforced.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Bums on office seats are not always good for bottom line

Employees can probably feel less guilty about tardiness or web-surfing during office hours. At least that's the implication of the results from a Regus global survey suggesting that flexible working conditions can help increase worker productivity and, by extension, company profit.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Candidates opposed to regulating hours in workplace are not worth supporting

Eleanor Wong complains that the small voter turnout for the election of representatives for the Election Committee was because many of those entitled to vote had acted with indifference and failed to recognise the election's importance ('Dismissive approach is so negative', December 18). Nothing could be further from the truth.

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Nice workout - if you can get it

After a stressful day at work glued to her computer or when a presentation calls for a clear head, Ping Wu heads to We Fitness, the corporate gym in her office building, for a run or dance class.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

HK men twice as likely to overwork

It looks like it's the men who are putting in the hard yards in Hong Kong on the work front, if a recent survey is anything to go by.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Miracle workers

Time with the family is a luxury for working mothers like Janet Chong Hey. By the time she gets home at 9pm, her two children are usually asleep. Still, home life has improved in recent months for Chong, DBS' senior vice-president of consumer banking.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Working longer but wasting time online

Hong Kong people are clocking long hours at work, but a lot of that time may be spent unproductively surfing the web, a survey released today has found.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am