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Many have little time for family

Released at: 16:49, 02/07/2015

Many have little time for family

JobStreet survey finds many people must do overtime at the expense of family and friends.

by Minh Tuyet

Seventy-one percent of the 3,349 Vietnamese employees surveyed believe they don’t have enough time for their families as they must work late, according to a JobStreet.com survey released recently

Almost 80 per cent of Vietnamese employees had to spend an extra two to five hours at their place of work every day, while only 43 per cent received overtime pay.

Six per cent said they have no time for family and friends and 38 per cent said that other than the weekend they have no time for family and friends or themselves. Twenty-three per cent have about 5 hours for family, friends or themselves a day, while 29 per cent have less than three hours. Only 4 per cent had more than 10 hours for their family every day.

The main reason for agreeing to work overtime was to increase their salary, with 30 per cent of respondents volunteering to work overtime, according to JobStreet.  

The report showed that when working overtime, most employees received less than VND1 million ($45) per month for the extra work, 32 per cent received from VND3 million to VND 5 million ($140-$230), 8 per cent received VND5 million to VND10 million ($230 to $460), and 4 per cent received over VND10 million ($460).

Fifty-six per cent of respondents said that were happy to work overtime with no or minimal payment provided they received other benefits such as social welfare, time-off in lieu, and opportunities for promotion.

Compared with workers in Malaysia, for example, Vietnamese worker seemed to be more conscientious, JobStreet found. In Malaysia, 70 per cent of employees had to work overtime because deadlines were not met, but in Vietnam most people volunteered to work overtime.

Eighty per cent of workers said they were willing to change jobs to have a better balance between work and family. Finding this balance is important to everyone, Ms. S.W Phang, General Director of JobStreet in Vietnam, said. “An imbalance between work and family causes tiredness, affects motivation, and influences companies’ productivity and profit,” she said.

Nevertheless, enterprises were said to be good at retaining their talent. Twenty per cent of respondent said they did not want to change jobs despite the pressure of work because they loved their company and their job.

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