Extra hours off the clock common in offices: poll
CNATAIPEI -- Over half of local office workers work more than 10 hours a day, and many of them do so of their own accord, according to a survey released yesterday.
August 12, 2013, 11:19 am TWN
In a Cheers Magazine survey of 2,356 office workers across Taiwan in July, 52.6 percent of those polled said they work an average of more than 10 hours a day, and 41.3 percent work extra hours at least three days per week.
Statutory working hours in Taiwan are eight hours per day and 42 hours per week.
Asked why they work extra hours, 46.6 percent of respondents said they were given too much work to finish by the end of the day, 37.9 percent said it was because of the nature of their work, and 26.1 percent said they did so to satisfy their own standards.
Cheers said more respondents cited this desire to do their best than “uneven allocation of work,” “too many meetings,” or “delayed by fellow workers” as a reason for working extra hours.
The survey also found that more than 90 percent of the respondents thought it was important to develop or extend their interests and hobbies beyond their professional focus.
This means that Taiwanese office workers have not abandoned their quest for a better quality of life in spite of their long work hours, according to the magazine.