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Workplace stress rises in Hong Kong and China

Anuradha Shukla | Oct. 5, 2012
Stress levels have risen in the past year, say respondents of Regus survey

Hong Kong and China respondents of a new Regus survey have identified work as the biggest trigger of stress in their daily lives.

Seventy-five percent of workers in China and 55 percent in Hong Kong admitted their stress levels to have risen in the past year.

Fifty-nine percent of respondents in Hong Kong and 73 percent in China said their jobs were a cause of stress.

About 80 percent of Shanghai-based respondents in China said their stress levels had risen, compared to less than 67 percent of Beijing-based respondents.

Only 10 percent of Hong Kong respondents and 11 percent of mainland China respondents said their stress levels had fallen over the past year.

"Without a doubt, stressed-out workers are unhappy and unhealthy workers too, so businesses that want to help their staff stay energised and productive cannot afford to ignore the issue of workplace stress," said Hans Leijten, Regus' vice-president, East Asia. "Lost productivity due to stress manifests itself in tangible ways, such as absence due to illness, and less tangible ways, such as lower quality work. Either way, it spells bad news for businesses."

Need for flexible work arrangement

Findings of the report are based on a survey of more than 16,000 professionals across the globe. This report shows that regionally, more Asia-Pacific respondents see their job as a source of stress than their peers in Europe, the USA or Latin America.

Half of the Hong Kong respondents and 55 percent of mainland respondents said flexible working is a way to combat stress. Eight-eight percent of respondents from mainland China agreed that flexible working increases productivity.

Findings of the survey also show that 63 percent of Asia-Pacific respondents believe that flexible working can reduce stress.

"This survey provides yet more evidence of employees' desire for flexible working arrangements, which would allow them to better manage work and life commitments and reduce stress," said Robin Bishop, chief operating officer of Community Business. "Many companies are wary of flexible working as they fear it could lead to reduced productivity. In fact, this is a myth - flexible working is not about employees doing less work. It's about giving them greater control over when, how and where they do their work."


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