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In the summer of 2008, Community Business—an organization whose aim is to “lead, inspire and support businesses in Hong Kong to continually improve their positive impact on people and communities”—was invited to study the state of work-life balance in Hong Kong. The group conducted a random telephone survey that covered workers from a wide range of industries and discovered what was described as “some disturbing facts.” The survey showed that employees’ actual work-life ratio was 84:16 while their preferred work-life ratio was 62:38. Or to put it another way, 85 percent of these employees’ waking lives was devoted to work.

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