Work-related stress endangers physical and psychological health
In the area of clinical health, the survey found that one in five (21.4%) interviewed employees is obese, higher than the 13.6% of other markets in the Asia Pacific. Moreover, over eight-tenths (83.0%) of employees reported symptoms of one or more musculoskeletal conditions, among which shoulder and neck pain are the most common symptoms. Three-tenths (30.0%) of the employees interviewed said their condition has prevented them from doing normal work at home or away from home, while nearly one-tenth (9.0%) revealed that pain or discomfort has caused them to take time off work. In addition, over two-tenths (22.0%) of interviewees reported one or more chronic conditions, higher than the 17.0% in last year’s results. These chronic diseases include high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases. Despite this, less than three-tenths (28.0%) of respondents have had all three tests, namely, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose, in the past 12 months.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. More than half (57.2%) of employees interviewed are subject to at least one dimension of work-related stress. Although this is a decline from the 63.8% of last year, the sizable proportion is still a concern. Additionally, 22.0% of interviewed employees reported they have been bullied at the workplace and 12.1% have moderate or severe symptoms of depression.
Research and analysis for the “Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality” is conducted by AIA’s Academic partners RAND Europe and academic institutions across the regions. Now in its second year, the survey covers a broad range of organisations and their workforces from different industries across Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand. The survey is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of employees’ health and wellbeing which in turn gives employers useful strategies in support of achieving healthy living goals and improving productivity. In Hong Kong, 41 organisations representing a combined workforce of 2,187 employees participated in the survey.