Prioritising workplace wellbeing support to create a healthy workforce

December 5, 2022

Hybrid work, the rising cost of living, and uncertainty about the future are all stress factors for employees in Singapore.

The hybrid work model, while designed to offer flexibility and work-life balance, is causing higher levels of stress in some working adults, according to a Cigna report, which found that those working in the hybrid model in Singapore are most likely to feel stressed (94% vs average 86%) and work outside normal hours at least once a week (90% vs average 74%).

With the hybrid work model involving more virtual meetings and known to cause virtual overload or fatigue, Singapore respondents ranked measures to tackle this issue among the top five well-being measures they would like to have at work. With only 8% of companies in Singapore currently providing such support, there is a clear need for employers to do more if they hope to maintain a satisfied and healthy workforce, said Cigna.

These work and well-being factors are prompting employees to shift careers to meet their lifestyle priorities. 35% of respondents in Singapore have changed jobs in the past year and 34% are looking to do so in the next 12 months.

People are also increasingly valuing time over money, with 57% of people in Singapore happy to take a less well-paid job for more time for themselves, much higher than the Asia Pacific (49%) and global (43%) average.

This article was first published on HRM Asia

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