Excerpt: In a survey from 2016, Singaporeans reportedly worked the longest hours in the world, with the average worker clocking in 2,371.2 hours. The Working Hours Survey conducted by recruitment consultancy Morgan McKinley found that 70 per cent of professionals in Singapore work longer than their contracted hours. Seven in ten people “felt obliged to work longer than their contracted hours”. In addition, 9 in 10 worked these extra hours for free since their employer did not pay them for working late. The downside to long working hours is the risk of developing health problems.
The news article points to a well-established belief that working long hours can be detrimental to a person’s health and well-being in the long term, which thus brings us to the central question of this assignment, “why was research required for one to reach this conclusion?”
Read the excerpt (in the attached assignment) and the full article (the link provided on Asisone’s website) and answer the following questions. In your answers, please make specific references to the excerpt provided.
1) Everybody is aware that working long hours is bad for one’s health. Apply what you have learnt thus far and discuss why there is a need to conduct research on this topic. (20 marks)
2) Identify, describe, and distinguish the main attributes of the three major social research approaches. In light of your response, which approach would the research presented in the excerpt above fall under? (60 marks)
3) Evaluate “The Working Hours Survey” presented in the excerpt, identify and elaborate on any two ethical issues that researchers would consider when designing such a study. (20 marks)
Word Limit: 1500 Words
Referencing: APA format
Please indicate the word count at the end of the assignment. Do note that up to 10% of your grade may be deducted for poor language proficiency and/or incoherent structure and a further 5% of your final grade will be deducted for exceeding the word limit.
Textbook: Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. Neuman, L. W. (2014). United Kingdom: Pearson Education Limited.