In a recent Robert Walters poll
which asked if people were working harder due to the downturn, 55% out of the 2,600 respondents from 17 countries said they were working more hours per week. The stats from Asia are interesting: 59% of Singaporean respondents reported working between one to ten hours more a week, while in Hong Kong where workers report feeling the greatest impact of the downturn one-third of the respondents report working an average of eight to ten hours more per week. In Thailand, 40% of the respondents are putting in three to five extra hours in a week, while 30% of workers in China put in an average of six to eight hours weekly. Perhaps the next survey will see if productivity has increased due to all those extra hours or if workers are simply scared to not be seen in the office in the current economic climate.