Employers who expect their workers to put in excessive hours can count on less efficiency, lost hours due to health problems and, over the long term, more employee turnover. Photo: Shutterstock
Paul Yip
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Paul Yip

China and Hong Kong’s ‘996’ work culture is bad for employees’ mental health, and ultimately bad for employers

  • Studies show that overwork can have a number of harmful effects on employees that will be reflected in the quality of their work, and that more flexible hours have benefits

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Employers who expect their workers to put in excessive hours can count on less efficiency, lost hours due to health problems and, over the long term, more employee turnover. Photo: Shutterstock
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Ultimately, it is impossible to guess how many workers at any skill level we will need in a decade’s time. What we can do is encourage flexibility. Photo: AFP
Bernard Chan
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Opinion

Bernard Chan

Will Hong Kong really face a worker shortage in future? It’s impossible to know, so our best asset is agility

  • While making efforts to correct mismatches in the labour market, such as too many graduates for too few jobs, the city should be prepared for any unforeseen changes in technology and the economy that will upend the best-laid plans

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Ultimately, it is impossible to guess how many workers at any skill level we will need in a decade’s time. What we can do is encourage flexibility. Photo: AFP
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