THE WORKING HOURS ARE LONG BUT PRODUCTIVITY LOSS IS STILL HIGH
Hong Kong organisations show relatively high productivity loss compared to Australia and the UK, with 70 days on average per annum. Hong Kong topped the regional list for the number of days lost due to absence (not being at work due to illness) and presenteeism (being at work while unwell), with presenteeism constituting the majority of the overall loss — about 65.3 days per employee per year.
Productivity losses fell with maturity. Young employees appear to be facing particular challenges in Hong Kong with absenteeism and presenteeism greatest among those aged 21-30. More senior jobs typically reported less productivity loss.
EMPLOYEES ARE STRESSED OUT AND SLEEPING POORLY
Mental health is an issue in the workplace. Hong Kong had the highest percentage of employees with at least one aspect of work-related stress (64%), and those reporting two or more dimensions of work-related stress (25.8%).
Hong Kong showed very different sleeping patterns and relatively higher levels of self-reported depression, compared to Australia and the UK. Nearly half of employees (49%) reported sleeping less than 7 hours a night. Seven in 10 Hong Kong people (70.3%) reported problems with the quality of their sleep, while 12.4% said they suffered from depression, the highest percentage across the survey.
A LESS ACTIVE LIFESTYLE SEES MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS RISING
Although Hong Kong employees are broadly in line with others on self-reported health risks, the survey showed that 64% are physically inactive (doing less than 150 minutes of activity a week). Hong Kong tops the list of employees reporting at least one type of musculoskeletal condition, with 85% of respondents complaining that this is a major factor contributing to poor health and wellbeing. While obesity is on the rise in Hong Kong, it is nowhere near the levels of the West.
UNHEALTHY DIETS BUT FEW DRINK ALCOHOL
Few people in Hong Kong get their recommended intake of fruit and vegetables each week with 86% failing to eat their five a day. On the other hand, alcohol consumption was low, with just 1.8% of people drinking more than 14 units a week (compared with 16.4% in Australia).
Concerns about blood pressure in Hong Kong were similar to those in Australia and the UK with 16% of employees considered at risk. Those working in manufacturing and construction were the highest risk.
WORKPLACE INTERVENTIONS ARE UNCOMMON
Wellbeing interventions in Hong Kong are few and the take-up is often low, compared to the rest of the region. Just a third of employees reported participating in at least one workplace intervention.