3 in 4 mature workers respond to work emails and calls immediately after office hours.

  • 64% of respondents said that their employers expect them to respond to work-related matters after office hours. 
  • 75% of mature workers (above 55 years old) said that they respond to work-related calls, emails and text messages immediately outside of working hours. 
  • Only 58% of respondents between 18 and 34 years old work after office hours.

The older generations grew up with a different mindset when it comes to work. They believe in putting in long hours and working hard. 

On the flip side, younger generations have different work habits. They prefer to draw the line between work and life to strike a better balance. Younger employees are more likely to use creative and innovative technologies as well as collaboration tools to optimise their work performance so that they can leave the office at a decent hour. 

mature workers work habits

better work-life balance in hong kong

Randstad’s workmonitor survey also revealed that 89% of respondents in mainland China said that their employers expect them to be available outside of their regular working hours. This is 25% higher than in Hong Kong. 

Natellie Sun, Managing Director, Search & Selection, Greater China said, “Compared to mainland China, Hongkongers may feel less pressured to work outside of their regular hours. This is a positive result of a concerted effort by companies and employees to achieve better work-life harmony. We have seen more and more employers introduce work from home or remote working policies to provide additional support to workers who are unable to commit to regular working hours, especially young mums and working students.”

view the full copy of the randstad workmonitor: Q4 2019 here.

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