1/3 Singaporean workers have sleepless nights

Work-related stress is creeping up on Singaporeans and it is taking its toll on their sleep. It also seems that the main culprit for this would be the volatility of the economy and the uncertainties of the future.

According to a recent survey by Regus, about 34% of Singaporean workers are actually losing sleep worrying about work, with 67% indicating that they are seeing more stress-related illnesses since the economic downturn.

John Henderson, Regional Director and CFO at Regus APAC, commenting on the study in a report by Singapore Business Review, says: “Difficult economic times in the West and an unprecedented rate of growth in emerging economies have put a strain on businesses and their employees. Workers are expected to do more with less, and this has taken its toll to the point many are close to burn-out.”

However, organisations can alleviate this situation by considering flexible working, an option that 77% of respondents have identified as key to ease work-related stress.

In fact, work-related stress in Singapore is causing a 54% increase in absenteeism, which will clearly damage business productivity and employee well-being.

Mr Henderson adds, “It’s not surprising that work-related worries and the sleepless nights they cause are taking their toll on employees’ personal lives. More importantly still, their health is at stake as stress is a known catalyst for a number of serious illnesses. Proactive businesses that address stress in their workforce are likely to end up with a healthier workforce and reduced absenteeism.”

The survey was conducted with more than 20,000 senior executives and business owners across 95 countries.

30th November 2013