The Business Case for Work-Life Balance
For companies committed to corporate social responsibility focusing on work-life balance is critical. Not only do employers have a responsibility to ensure that employees are treated fairly and respected as individuals, work-life balance is a business imperative directly impacting productivity, recruitment and retention and business performance.

Work-life balance is not necessarily about achieving an equal balance and there is no one size fits all approach that companies should be striving for. It varies for individuals and different organisations and changes over time. However, one definition that is useful is the following from The Work Foundation:

¡§Work-life balance is about people having a measure of control over when, where and how they work. It is achieved when an individual¡¦s right to a fulfilled life inside and outside paid work is accepted and respected as the norm, to the mutual benefit of the individual, business and society.¡¨

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Our Expertise

Community Business and its member companies have championed the issue of work-life balance in Hong Kong since 2005. Every year we produce research examining the current state of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong as well as running Hong Kong¡¦s only Work-Life Balance Awareness Raising Campaign. Through these efforts, we have caught the attention of the media and raised awareness of work-life balance as a serious business issue to the wider corporate sector. In addition to running a Work-Life Balance Forum for our members we also work with companies on an individual basis to integrate a culture of work-life balance in their own organisations. This includes conducting focus groups to understand the needs and interests of employees, sharing best practice and providing training on how to implement work-life balance strategies.

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Key Initiatives

In 2013, over 180 companies in Hong Kong joined hands to raise awareness of work-life balance as a business issue and demonstrated their commitment to promoting work-life balance by signing up for Work-Life Balance Week. Building on this success, for 2014, we are pleased to promote Work-Life Balance Week 2014 from 20 to 24 October 2014 to companies in Hong Kong and the wider Asia region. Companies in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia representing all industries and sizes are encouraged to take part by holding some kind of work-life balance initiative throughout the week.
Please visit the WLB Week 2014 Website to find out how to sign up.

For eight years running Community Business has commissioned public research to assess the state of work-life balance in Hong Kong. Undertaken by the Public Opinion Programme (POP) at the University of Hong Kong, the main aim of the survey is to provide the corporate sector with the necessary data to assist them with their work-life balance policies and initiatives. It is also designed to raise awareness of the importance of work-life balance and the direct impact on business and employees. This year¡¦s research was launched on 17 October 2013.
Download the infographs showing key findings in English and in Chinese.

As we raise the profile of work-life balance as a business issue in Hong Kong, more and more companies are asking how they can integrate a culture of work-life balance into their organisations. Community Business has been running a work-life balance workshop entitled: ¡§Adopting a Strategic Approach to Work-Life Balance¡¨ since 2009. This workshop is based on Community Business¡¦ publication Work-Life Balance: the Guide which was launched in June 2009.

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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2014 Survey 
Sponsored by:
Hysan Development Company Limited

Published: October 2014
Available in English

This year¡¦s work-life balance survey assesses the overall state of work-life balance in Hong Kong and the impact that work-life balance has on the happiness of employees.





The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2013 Survey 
Sponsored by:
Bayer, KPMG, The Prudential Assurance Company
Author: Amanda Yik
Designer: Tina Arcilla / Daphne Chow

Published: October 2013
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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2012 Survey
Author: Robin Bishop and Amanda Yik
Published: October 2012
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Driving Cultural Change to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Sponsored by: Barclays Capital, Bayer, Blackrock, Crown Worldwide Group, KPMG, LHK Media, MTR Corporation Limited, The Prudential Assurance Company Ltd, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), Time Technology and Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc.
Author: Robin Bishop
Published: October 2011
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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2010 Survey
Sponsored by: Bayer Group of Companies in Hong Kong, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, KPMG, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Marks & Spencer, MTR Corporation, The Prudential Assurance Company Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited.
Author: Winnie Ng
Published: October 2010
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Standard Chartered State of Work-Life Balance in Seoul 2010 Survey
Sponsored by: Standard Chartered
Author: Winnie Ng & Kate Vernon
Published: June 2010
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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2009 Survey
Sponsored by: Baker & McKenzie, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Crown Worldwide Group, KPMG, Microsoft Hong Kong Limited, MTR Corporation, The Prudential Assurance Company Limited, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, Thomson Reuters and Time Technology.
Author: Winnie Ng & Shaun Bernier
Published: October 2009
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Work-Life Balance: The Guide
Sponsored by: Bank of Ammerica and Merrill Lynch, Cisco, CLP, KPMG, Standard Chartered Bank, Thomson Reuters
Author: Kate Vernon
Published: June 2009
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Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong Case Studies
Sponsored by: ABN AMRO, BP, CLP, Lehman Brothers, MTR Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank
Author: Kate Vernon & Annemarie Evans
Published: June 2007
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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2008 Survey
Sponsored by: Baker & McKenzie, CLP, KPMG, MTR, Pinsent Masons, Prudential, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Schroders, Standard Chartered Bank and Time Technology
Author: Shalini Mahtani & Winnie Ng
Published: October 2008
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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2007 Survey
Sponsored by: ABN AMRO, Baker & McKenzie, Cisco, Disney, Lehman Brothers, Prudential, Standard Chartered Bank, Time Technology, Towngas
Author: Shalini Mahtani & Kym Leo
Published: October 2007
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The State of Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong 2006 Survey
Author: Shalini Mahtani
Published: October 2006
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Key Contact
To find out more information about Work-Life Balance, please contact:

Venisa Chu, Head of Client Engagement
Tel: +852 2201 1869

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