Poor work engagement is costing Malaysian employers
Second only to Hong Kong (77 days) Malaysia lost 73.3 working days per employee per year to absence and presenteeism in 2019 compared to the other markets surveyed. The average cost of health-related absence and presenteeism per organisation in Malaysia is estimated to be RM1.46 million per month. Malaysians appear to be less engaged in their work in 2019 — 16% reported low engagement compared to 14% last year. Approximately half of those surveyed reported at least one aspect of work-related stress, a result that was fairly standard across the markets surveyed, while 20% of Malaysian employees reported bullying in their workplace.
Many Malaysians eat an unhealthy diet
A healthy diet remains elusive for most Malaysians surveyed with nearly 90% admitting that they are not eating a healthy diet (this is a slight improvement on 92% in 2018). Nearly 66% of respondents are not physically active enough (the average in Asia-Pacific is 49%) where most organisations in the survey indicated that employees are sedentary for a large part of their working day. On average, organisations in Malaysia offer only two of 15 physical activity interventions asked about in the survey. Approximately a third of Malaysian employers offer fitness classes to employees.
Insufficient sleep continues to be a problem for the majority
Long working hours, increasing connectivity and work-related stress are all factors associated with sleep problems. More than half those surveyed (53%) sleep less than the seven hours a night, and 14% said the quality of their sleep was “poor” or “very poor”. Figures for those with financial concerns were up slightly on 2019 (nearly 22% said they had “a lot” of financial concerns compared to 18.2% in 2018) while 7% of Malaysian employees have moderate to high levels of anxiety or depressive symptoms (compared to 6% in 2018).