The best job is the one you like most of all

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG - By SO­PHIE HE in Hong Kong

so­phiehe@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

For Daisy Ye­ung and stocks, it was like a duck tak­ing to water.

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Em­peror Cap­i­tal Group said she liked her job from day one. “The stock mar­ket is so un­pre­dictable. To this day I’m still learn­ing new things, new prod­ucts, ev­ery­day,” she said.

In 1993, when Em­peror Cap­i­tal Group had just been founded, Ye­ung said she was ex­cited but, due to her lack of experience, she was a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive about tak­ing up the job of over­see­ing the busi­ness.

She said her tar­get back then was that Em­peror Cap­i­tal Group could be listed some­day.

“I was so happy to see the com­pany be­ing listed in 2007, the feel­ing was like giv­ing birth. Af­ter be­ing listed, we are more trans­par­ent and able to at­tract more in­vestors.”

Ye­ung said her fa­ther, lo­cal ty­coon and en­ter­tain­ment mogul Al­bert Ye­ung Sau-shing, has had a great in­flu­ence on her.

“My fa­ther is a great per­son, peo­ple of­ten say to me that hav­ing him as my fa­ther al­ready makes me a ‘win­ner’ in my life.”

On the other hand, Ye­ung ad­mit­ted that she did feel the pres­sure. As she was work­ing for the fam­ily, it was a job that she “could not quit”.

“My fa­ther is a very hard­work­ing man, I ad­mire him a lot. He is 73 years old, yet some­times he still works through the week­ends. His hard­work­ing ethic has had a great in­flu­ence on me,” she said.

Her fa­ther val­ues his em­ploy­ees, so she learned to do the same.

“I at­tach great im­por­tance to com­mu­ni­cat­ing with my em­ploy­ees. We will hold a party ev­ery month with our staff to cel­e­brate their birth­days, and I will go out with my em­ploy­ees for high tea at least twice ev­ery week, to talk to them and try to un­der­stand if there is any de­mand or chal­lenge in their work that they wish the com­pany could help with.”

She stressed that it is nec­es­sary to main­tain good com­mu­ni­ca­tion with front­line staff, as feed­back from front­line staff has helped the com­pany make changes for the bet­ter.

Ye­ung said also that as her fa­ther is a fam­ily man, his ded­i­ca­tion to the fam­ily has had a great im­pact on her.

“If my fa­ther is in Hong Kong, he will host fam­ily din­ners on Sun­days. He also stip­u­lates that our fam­ily should get to­gether for all hol­i­days, and our en­tire fam­ily will travel to­gether twice ev­ery year.”

Ye­ung, whose daugh­ter is now 12, ad­mit­ted it is very dif­fi­cult to strike a bal­ance be­tween work and fam­ily life, es­pe­cially when work­ing in the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try in Hong Kong.

But her se­cret is to pri­or­i­tize the time.

Ev­ery morn­ing at 7, Ye­ung will sit at the ta­ble to have breakfast with her daugh­ter and talk to her. Ev­ery night about 9:30 or 10, Ye­ung will stay with her daugh­ter and say good­night be­fore she goes to bed. At the week­ends, Ye­ung goes to church with her daugh­ter.

“The time I spend with my daugh­ter is very important to me,” she said.

As a so­cially re­spon­si­ble com­pany, all Em­peror Cap­i­tal Group takes pride in pro­vid­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties to young­sters. Ev­ery year, the com­pany of­fers sum­mer in­tern­ships to about 20 Hong Kong col­lege stu­dents, Ye­ung said.

“We will let the stu­dents learn from each and ev­ery one of our de­part­ments, we will teach them how to make in­vest­ments and help them un­der­stand the bro­ker­age’s work.”

Af­ter th­ese stu­dents grad­u­ate from col­lege, if they want to join Em­peror Cap­i­tal Group, they will be the com­pany’s re­cruit­ing pri­or­i­ties, she said.

Ev­ery young­ster should have their own dream, ad­vised Ye­ung, they should find a job or a ca­reer that they truly en­joy. They should not join the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try be­cause they think they can make easy money, they should join the in­dus­try be­cause they like it, Ye­ung said.

“I like my job a lot, I love the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try, so I ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery minute of my work. Hope­fully all the young­sters in Hong Kong can find what they re­ally like and do a job that they en­joy.”

ZHENG / CHINA DAILY PARKER

Daisy Ye­ung ad­vises in­vestors to de­cide on a bot­tom line that they should then stand firmly by. Daisy Ye­ung CEO, Em­peror Cap­i­tal Group

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