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    Sep 17, 2014

    Local execs work beyond office hours

    MOST professionals in Singapore work longer than their contractual hours, with the majority feeling obligated to stay even though productivity does not go up and their work-life balance is negatively affected, said a study.

    According to Morgan McKinley's Working Hours Survey 2014, some 82 per cent of Singapore respondents reported that they work longer than their stipulated hours.

    While workers here are slightly better off compared with Japan and Hong Kong, which both registered at 84 per cent, the finding was significantly higher than China at 65 per cent.

    The survey revealed that 65 per cent of Singapore's professionals said they feel obligated to work longer hours, but only 27 per cent believed they are more productive during the extra hours worked, compared with their Asia-Pacific counterparts in Australia (55 per cent), China (39 per cent), Hong Kong (37 per cent) and Japan (36 per cent).

    The majority of Singapore respondents (85 per cent) also said that their excessive hours are having an impact on their work-life balance.

    Even with their extended work hours, local professionals were still working even when not in the office, with 72 per cent of respondents saying they continue to work from home or on mobile devices.

    Andrew Evans, chief operations officer for South Asia at Morgan McKinley, said: "In Singapore, the workforce starts their day later than their Western counterparts, and work lunch breaks are well enjoyed.

    "It is culturally acceptable to enjoy a good hour for eating during lunchtime which does add to a later day's leave."

    He added that more can be done to introduce increased flexibility to work hours in Singapore as the survey highlighted that many professionals are "disgruntled" with their work-life balance, and only a minority of companies are offering flexible work options for staff.

    The survey polled 1,200 working professionals in Asia-Pacific last month, with respondents from Singapore accounting for almost 200.