More S'porean workers dissatisfied with job, suffer poorer mental health than Filipino, Indonesian peers: Survey – TODAY

SINGAPORE — More employees in Singapore are dissatisfied with their job, and more suffer poor mental health, than their counterparts in Indonesia and the Philippines, a survey has found.
SINGAPORE — More employees in Singapore are dissatisfied with their job, and more suffer poor mental health, than their counterparts in Indonesia and the Philippines, a survey has found.
The grim profile of the Singapore workforce came even though workers here report spending either less time at work than their regional counterparts or, at worst, the same amount of time on the job.
The Hustle Culture survey was conducted in July this year by consumer research and analytics firm Milieu Insight together with mental health company Intellect. 
It involved 1,000 employees each from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines who work at least 35 hours a week. They were asked if they believed in the “hustle culture”, defined by the researchers as working as much as possible or working as hard as possible to advance one’s career.
The results, released on Tuesday (Sept 13), also indicated that employees here are the least engaged at work among employees of the three nations, and experience the poorest quality of life.
Workers here are also the least likely to report their mental health to be “good” or better as compared to workers in the other two countries.
Here are the survey’s key findings:
This indicated that less time spent at work does not necessarily equate to increased job satisfaction, the survey report stated.
TODAY has asked Intellect and Milieu Insight for the breakdown of the results across countries.
Although Covid-19-pandemic-related and geopolitical uncertainties have contributed to this burn-out, “the glamorisation of productivity” and the “rise and grind” mentality has taken its toll on the region’s workforce, especially younger employees, the authors of the report said.
The top reasons given by workers across the region for pushing themselves hard at work were:
TODAY has asked the firms who did the survey what were the other top motivations, and the breakdown according to countries and age groups.
Dr Oliver Suendermann, clinical director at Intellect, said that workers tying self-worth and identity to professional achievements may tend to glorify workaholism.
Employers should normalise conversations about mental health and take preventive and reactive measures to care for their employees, he added.
In a similar survey done in 2020 among more than 2,000 Singaporeans, Milieu Insight found that 52 per cent of workers aged 16 to 24 “embraced the idea of hustle culture”.
Its chief operating officer Stephen Tracy said: “Two years on (from the last survey), I think this poll sheds light on how opinions toward work have evolved, and how the effects of the (Covid-19) pandemic and other global issues, such as inflation and a looming recession, may be weighing on the younger generations.
“The data highlights just how important it is for employees to be mindful of their work-life balance, and for employers to cultivate positive and balanced working environments.”
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