Fifty-one percent of Hong Kong professionals plan to work between one and three hours a day during their summer holidays, according to a newly released research from Regus.

Twenty-four percent of the local respondents planned to devote more than three hours a day to work tasks and really need time to switch off from their professional lives.

Regus surveyed 26,000 business people from 96 countries including over 200 from Hong Kong.

Honk Kong's figures are higher than the global averages of 41 percent and 17 percent respectively.

Sixty-two percent of Hong Kong professional men plan to work one to three hours per day as compared to 33 percent of local female professionals.

"Offering workers some freedom to manage how and when they work can help them achieve a better work/life balance, ensuring that time devoted to family and relaxation is not impeded by work or stress," said Professor Thomas Cox CBE, chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management, Birkbeck College, University of London. "Being able to connect from any location is great, but workers really need to carve out time to switch off."

Work harder than Singaporeans

Forty-five percent of professionals in Singapore plan to work one to three hours per day and this figure is lower as compared to the figure calculated for professionals in Hong Kong.

While 30 percent of Mainland Chinese professionals plan to work one to three hours per day, an equal number of people agreed they would work more than three hours per day.

Although these findings show the level of dedication towards work amongst professionals in Hong Kong, Regus notes that this also shows that workers are overstretched or insecure in their jobs.

These may be the reasons why workers are unable to properly switch off when they are on a holiday.

"While technology such as video communications and Wi-Fi has certainly made working from almost anywhere a reality, this should be channeled towards helping professionals work more flexibly and productively," said John Henderson, chief finance officer, Regus Asia-Pacific. "Allowing workers to reduce their commute or to work closer to home can help them work more efficiently, so they can devote their holidays to relaxing."