According to the Regus Work/Life Balance Index survey of 26,000 professionals in 90 countries carried out last year, Hong Kong fathers enjoy a poorer work/life balance score (118) than mothers (128). The findings are backed up by a report by the Government's Census and Statistics Department on Annual and Earnings and Hours which found that men are working increasingly longer hours – an average of 48 per week – compared to women who work an average of 44.3 hours a week.
John Henderson, Chief Finance Officer, Regus Asia-Pacific believes that one of the keys to redressing the increasingly uneven work/life balance could be the adoption of flexible working practices by more local firms.
"Spending less time on commuting to work leaves more time for family and other important things in life. What's more, businesses that offer flexible work options tell us they see huge benefits, so it's a win-win," he said.
For example, 75% of Hong Kong respondents surveyed by Regus last year reported a direct link between flexible working and increased productivity. That means that companies that enable staff to spend some extra time with loved ones throughout the year could confidently expect to experience significant benefits.
"Offering employees flexibility over the times and places they work is not an act of business altruism. In research conducted by Regus, as many as 72% of companies say their productivity has increased as a result of flexible working practices, and 68% link flexible working directly to increased revenues," said Henderson.
The Government has already taken steps to help parents to juggle their work commitments with the considerable demands of coping with a new arrival. In February (28/02/2014)
"Flexible working practices are rapidly evolving from a nice option to an office essential, whether it's Father's Day or the other 364 days of the year. They boost productivity and morale, retain talent, and offer employers access to a huge pool of professionals who don't want to be tied to a traditional office with the long hours and commutes that sometimes mean they scarcely see their family," he said.
"With a flexible approach to working, every day can be Father's Day," he concluded.
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 102 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.