Many bosses demand overtime work

Many bosses demand overtime work

SINGAPORE - Many Singapore bosses - three in four - expect their employees to work overtime or on weekends, findings from studies released yesterday showed.

Human-resource experts said technology and customers' demands could be reasons for such behaviour by bosses.

The surveys, done by recruitment firm JobsCentral, also showed 46 per cent of the 256 employers polled from August to October last year would contact their workers who are on leave.

Mr Emran Tan, president of the Singapore Human Resources Institute, said that the findings reflect how the world is becoming more connected, with people even logging onto Facebook when they are on holiday.

This might explain why there are changes in work expectations among bosses, he said.

Findings from a Kelly Services study released late last year showed that 42 per cent of the 6,000 people polled here said the use of mobile technology contributed to increased fatigue and burnout.

Mr Mark Hall, Kelly Services' country general manager, said the prevalence of technology has led to an "increasing blur between work and life", partly because it allows employers to contact employees easily at all times.

Mr Tan said that employers' business partners are also getting more demanding, and requiring instant replies.

"If (employers) want to outperform (competitors), they would give customers an immediate reply, even if it's over the weekend," he said.

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