HK IT workers are the least bored on the job

HK IT workers are the most engaged among employees in eight countries surveyed by Robert Half (image champja / iStockPhoto)

Hong Kong IT workers spend the least amount of time bored at work, according to a survey of CIOs in eight countries from Robert Half.

The survey found that while 92% of Hong Kong CIOs say their staff gets bored at some point during the work week, the average amount of time spent feeling this way is 7.5%.

This represents three hours a week from the 40-hour work week, and stands in stark contrast to IT workers in countries like Belgium and Germany, where IT workers are estimated to spend five hours and 4.9 hours per week respectively bored on the job.

The top three reasons why Hong Kong managers think their employees feel bored at work is that they don’t feel challenged (57%), the nature of the work is not interesting (41%), and too many meetings (32%). Other factors include not enjoying interacting with colleagues (23%) and having not enough work to do (20%).

“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,” Robert Half Hong Kong managing director Adam Johnston said.

“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.”

He said to avoid boredom in the workplace it is important for companies to identify the main motivators for keeping their staff engaged.

Improving staff engagement also starts at the recruitment stage, and it is important for employers to find IT candidates who are the right fit for their organization and are genuinely excited about their work.

It should be noted that the survey measured IT leaders' perceptions of their employees' engagement with work rather than the attitudes of the workers themselves.