LONGER WORKING HOURS BUT LESS STRESS IN SINGAPORE WORKPLACE
Like employees in Hong Kong and Malaysia, Singaporeans had lower contracted hours than their Australian counterparts, but they worked on average 12 hours over those terms. Taking a break is much harder in the context of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia, with 14.3% of Singaporeans reporting difficulty in this area. However, stress at work was less of an issue, with just 43% reporting at least one dimension of work-related stress in Singapore, the lowest among the countries surveyed.
More than half of employees in Singapore have financial worries, with about 61% of respondents reporting some degree of concern. In line with Hong Kong and Malaysia, Singapore showed higher levels of bullying than in Australia or the UK.
SINGAPORE IN THE MIDDLE IN TERMS OF PRODUCTIVITY LOSS
Although Singapore has lower levels of absenteeism and presenteeism than Hong Kong and Malaysia, these levels are high as compared to Australia and the UK. On average, 51.3 days a year are lost each year per employee.
As elsewhere, younger employees appear to be facing particular challenges in Singapore, with absenteeism and presenteeism greatest among those aged 21-30. More senior jobs typically reported less productivity loss.
SLEEP-DEPRIVED SINGAPOREANS HAVE LOWER LEVELS OF SELF-REPORTED DEPRESSION
Singapore’s percentage of self-reported depression (5.5%) is similar to Australia and the UK, but sleep issues are similar to Hong Kong and Malaysia with more than half of employees (51%) reportedly sleeping less than seven hours a night.
SINGAPOREANS DRINK LITTLE, BUT FEW EAT WELL OR EXERCISE ENOUGH
Singaporeans self-reported health risks were broadly in line with other markets, though employees rated their health as slightly worse than those in Australia and the UK. There is some problem with obesity in Singapore but levels still remain far below the West. Singaporeans drink less alcohol than their Australian and British counterparts (just 1% of employees drink more than 14 units a week) but their diet was the worst in the region with 87% failing to eat at least five fruit and vegetables a day.
60% of Singaporean employees did less than 150 minutes of physical activity a week. Significant numbers across all countries reported a musculoskeletal condition in the last year and Singapore was no exception with 82% reporting one condition.
HEALTH INTERVENTIONS IDENTIFY RISKS
The take-up of health interventions among employees in Singapore is similar to Australia, Malaysia and the UK.
Blood pressure screening is more common in Singapore, which may explain the relatively high level of employees reported to be at risk.