Introduction to the Hong Kong Family Friendly Bitesize series

Do you think your organisation is family friendly? A 2013 Community Business Survey on Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong found that, of those who responded:

  • 63 percent indicated that a family-friendly working environment is one of their top considerations when they choose to join, stay with or leave a company;
  • 56 percent would be willing to leave their current job for a new job if doing so would allow them to spend more time with their family;
  • 35 percent have considered leaving or have left a job to spend more time on family life.

That said, there is little guidance for employers in Hong Kong on how to deal with the legal issues which underpin flexible working arrangements; or, for that matter, on what flexible working actually means.

The new Family Friendly Bitesize series considers the nature, risks and benefits of flexible working, with particular focus on the following arrangements:

  • Part time working – where an employee works between 1 and 4 days per week;
  • Flexitime – where an employee is required to be at work during a specified core period, but can otherwise arrange his or her hours to suit themselves;
  • Compressed hours – where employees work the same hours as full time employees but over fewer days;
  • Annual hours – where employees agree to work a given number of hours during the year, but the pattern of work can vary from week to week;
  • Staggered hours – where employees are able to start and finish work at different times. Employees may also take time off in lieu;
  • Job sharing – where a job is shared between two or more people. They may wish to work alternate days, half weeks, or alternate weeks; or one person may work in the morning and one in the afternoon;
  • Remote working – where an employee may work from home or from another location.

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