07 Nov Are you part of the 92%?
If you’re living in Singapore and have trouble sleeping at night, chances are, you’re part of these statistics. Let’s check out our stress report.
According to a Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey done in 2019, a staggering 92 per cent of working Singaporeans are stressed. 8 per cent higher than the global average at 84 per cent. Numerous reports have shown that stress in Singaporeans predominately culminates in the workplace. Certainly, this is an area that we want to score lower in, let’s zoom in on that.
“Stress is a big issue… but sometimes it is a topic that people don’t like to talk about, and we really need to address it to move things forward,” said Mr Mengual, who also noted that stress is linked to diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
Over two million GP appointments each year were for chest pain driven by stress-related mental illness, and about 240,000 people were sent to the Accident and Emergency departments of hospitals for stress-related illnesses yearly.
Ms Andrea Ross, managing director of training consultant The Career Establishment, pointed out that gender gaps in leadership roles, pay disparities and a glass ceiling play a part in placing unmanageable stress on women in the workplace.
Singapore is doing “relatively-well” in terms of ensuring workplace well-being, citing examples of flexible work arrangements in some companies.
“Companies are beginning to create better frameworks for taking care of their employees’ minds at work, but it will take time to get this openly discussed and as widely discussed as topics such as diversity,” Ms Ross added.
One encouraging fact is that companies in Singapore have been taking steps to combat this problem by introducing wellness programmes; with many offering after-work activities that cater to employees physical well-being. One such example is URA, they hold Pilates and Zumba workshops during lunch breaks and toward the end of the day.
But still, it seems like there is more that could be done. According to the report, only one-third of respondents shared that they have formal workplace wellness programmes. Of which More Than half of Singaporean women feel that there is still not enough support surrounding this.
Harvard Business Review wrote: “Fewer jobs pose everyday threats to workers’ physical health and safety, but chronic stress is a specter that haunts us all. More and more employers are focusing on the importance of mental health; across the globe, mental health issues are the leading cause of disability and illness.
And recent research shows that workplace culture is the biggest roadblock employees face in their efforts to feel healthier and happier.”
Companies globally are realising that investing in the mental health of their employees not only promotes a healthier working environment but reduces costs as well. Now, aside from the mental wellness programmes which still come by uncommon, what if you were empowered to make a difference on your own?
Empower Yourself to Make a Difference
In addition to the wellness programmes your office may be offering, you can equip yourself as a Certified Stress Management Consultant by expanding the vocabulary that is necessary to help people to deal with stress, an effective way to deal with the rising problem. Investing in these initiatives display your willingness to contribute to your organisation’s collective efforts to grow and better support employees’ needs.
Healthier Workplace, Happier People.
By this point, I’m sure you might be wondering how we could actionably turn our stress report into a more positive score. Set yourself up with the tools to conduct seminars, talks, and workshops on stress management, to help others cope effectively with their stress.
Discover how to use the strengths of different personalities to overcome stress issues and build a stress management programme tailored to fit an individual’s style.
Let’s work together to create a healthier workplace!