Research from Robert Half has found Hong Kong’s IT workers are the least bored on the job. According to managers, IT employees in this part of the world spend less than three hours a week bored at work.
The research found that while the majority (92 per cent) of Hong Kong CIOs say their staff are bored at some point during the work week, the average amount of time spent feeling this way is 7.5 per cent - which represents three hours a week for someone working an 8-hour day and represents a global low in comparison to other countries.
The figure is in stark comparison to IT workers in Belgium, whose managers estimate spend five hours (5.0) bored on the job every week, followed by Germany (4.9), Singapore (4.8), France (4.8), Brazil (4.8), the UK (4.6), and Australia (3.9).
While new IT initiatives, such as cyber-security, automation and increased technological investment are keeping IT workers busy, the main reasons why Hong Kong employers feel their staff are bored on the job are they don’t feel challenged by the work they do (57 per cent), the nature of their work is not interesting (41 per cent), there are too many or poorly executed meetings (32 per cent), they don’t enjoy interacting with their colleagues (23 per cent) and there isn’t enough work to do (20 per cent).
“While the entire Hong Kong workforce is known for its strong work ethic, it is not surprising that due to the accelerated pace of the IT industry Hong Kong’s technology workers are highly engaged in their role, leaving little time for workplace boredom,” says Adam Johnston, managing director of Robert Half Hong Kong. “Hong Kong business leaders should rejoice at these high levels of engagement, as the impact on organisational productivity from consistently disengaged staff can ultimately lead to lacklustre business results and high staff turnover – as bored employees are more likely to look for a new job that is more challenging and interesting.”
Johnston maintains that avoiding boredom in the workplace is a shared responsibility between the employer and the employee and companies should identify what the main motivators are for their staff to keep them engaged, and ensure this is a continuous process.
“It’s also important to remember that improving staff engagement starts at the recruitment stage, finding IT candidates who are the right fit for the organisation and who are genuinely excited about their work,” he adds. “Work ethic, integrity and a positive attitude are all qualities hiring managers need to identify during the recruitment process in order to bring employees on board who will thrive in their organisation.”