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04/13/2013

Is a five-day work week : Boon or Bane for Hong Kong?

 Five-day Work Week: Effective or Not? 

            Recently, the government of Hong Kong moved into a five-day work week which was initialized at the civil service department of the region. It was done in a step by step approach. This is through civil based phases during the fiscal year of 2006. There are some interim principles for this five-day work initiative, the Hong Kong administration adhered to the following principles: first, there will be no additional staffing resources; next, there will be no reduction in the conditioned hours of service of individual staff; third, there will be no reduction in emergency services; and last, there has to be a continued provision of some essential counter services during Saturdays ('Five-day week in the Government'). In the past, many people did noticed that Hong Kong's work days are too long. This condition resorted to employee turn-overs and dissatisfaction from their workplaces. According to the article written by Elmer Cagape, 2009 from Asian correspondent.com, and I quote “almost a third of Hong Kong workers interviewed recently have considered quitting their job because they think they work much longer hours and that disrupts an otherwise harmonious work and life balance”, end of quote. It has been a reality for Hong Kong people that time flies fast and they have so many important job functions to attend to and too much work to be finished (Cagape, 2009).

 

            Nowadays in Hong Kong, this is the ideal season to be happy and gay. This means that majority of the Hongkongers are being reminded that the moment they step into a mall or a fastfood chain is a precious time spent with themselves and with their families. Consequently, this scheme presented that Hong Kong staffs had at least nine days off to work within a maximum of thirty one days off to work (Welford, 2008). This will take place after they remained in same employer of which longer than that of a year. The Hong Kong based employers will need to accept that work and life balance is vital for the business to stay up close and effective in the market. Also, certain necessary adjustments into the nature of manpower and employment, through careful consideration and complete application of five-day work week scheme is incredibly a plus factor for both parties (Welford, 2008).

 

            In addition, the five-day week set-up will be of effective value in the region. This will allow reduction of extensive work pressure and ideally change the quality of life among its people. In this way, it will not hamper, impair and cut short any business operations and production efficiencies thereto. In addition, it will pave the way for suitable government and its underlying service divisions of which the latter had switched and adopted the five-day work week as a more effective pattern to use in the work stations. This type of working scheme had augmented the civil service morale in the Hong Kong region. This also assimilate effective as well as positive impact on the rest of the community and even its affiliates. The Hong Kong administration did take the upper hand in realizing this 5 day work scheme. In the case of Hong Kong's private sectors and some public partnership has the discretion to plan and decide as to whether they will adopt this five-day week or not.

           

            Noticeably, the five-day work week has been widely accepted and implemented in most government agencies in South East region, for example in the Philippines, wherein the government employees work from Mondays through Fridays for about eight hours a day. Therefore, there's no reason or excuses for the Hong Kong region not to follow this same employment scheme and achieve a balanced work life and career life in the long run. In this process, the effectiveness of the five-day work schedule in Hong Kong will be on higher stance and it will gain support from the society's advocates. The effective outcome is centered on work and life balance. This means that changes in the workplace are now possible, centered on charismatic approach rather autocratic in nature.

 

             The five-day work week will open a lot of possibilities such as in the area of skills development and work performance factors. This will bring in positive attitude in the work station and will reduce mishaps in the management and operation areas of the trading commerce. This scheme will help balance physical, mental, emotional and social health components so to speak. The five-day work week will manifest an enduring, happy family life on weekends. This will result into family bonding like watching good movies together, shopping with mommy, and jog at the park with daddy, and play around with friends and siblings. This will achieve a happy disposition in life and will leave stress behind. This working scheme will reduce effects of workloads and not to mind that 35 percent or more was devoted in having a job role.

 

 

References

 

Cagape, E., 2009. Hong Kong people consider quitting jobs over long working hours. Hybrid News Limited, Asian Correspondent dot com (Oct. 20, 2009). URL: ttp://asiancorrespondent.com/16349/hong-kong-people-mulls-quitting-job-over-long-working-hours/>

 

Five day week in the Government” from index, Source: <http://asiancorrespondent.com/16349/hong-kong-people-mulls-quitting-job-over-long-working-hours/>

 

Welford, R., 2008. Work life balance in Hong Kong: Survey results. The University of Hong Kong and CSR Asia.

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