Many in office more than 10 hours a day: survey

Staff writer, with CNA

Tue, Aug 13, 2013 - Page 4

More than half of office workers in Taiwan work more than 10 hours a day, and many of them do so of their own accord, according to a survey released on Sunday.

A Cheers magazine survey of 2,356 office workers across the nation last month found that 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 a day and 42 hours a 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 that 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 respondents thought it was important to develop or extend their interests and hobbies beyond their professional focus.

This means that Taiwanese workers have not abandoned their quest for a better quality of life in spite of their long working hours, the magazine said.