Mercer: 85% of Singaporeans at risk of employee burnout

SINGAPORE: One of the challenges for HR leaders is dealing with a burnt-out workforce. In Singapore, 85% of workers are at risk of employee burnout, according to Mercer’s 2022 Global Talent Trends Study.

The study also revealed that one in five Singaporeans feel de-energised at work. This is double what is average for Asia and 6% higher than the average worldwide.

Not feeling adequately recognized for their efforts (35%), being overwhelmed with work (34%), and uncertainties with changes due to lack of clear communication (30%) are the reasons behind the findings.

“Organisations now see the importance of nurturing a healthy workforce and placing good mental health as part of overall employee well-being,” said Lewis Garrad, career business leader for Singapore at Mercer.

He added that 36% of HR leaders in Singapore plan to address burnout issues at work this year. According to him, some of the initiatives are mental health insurance coverage, online counselling, and training for providing support for employees with mental health problems.

The report's findings on burnout reflect how employees view the future of work. One in two workers believes that it would be about balance. Most of them prefer to stay with companies that meet their "life" needs, including flexibility and healthcare, compared to "work" related factors like leadership and vision.

Moreover, 62% of the respondents considered not being able to work in a remote or hybrid setup a “deal-breaker” when considering whether to apply for or stay with a company.

“Employers need to bridge the gap in expectations and embrace new, flexible work models to cultivate a workforce that can design their own careers,” Garrad said. “Those who find that balance and align their policies to the wants and needs of their employees will not only boost the motivation and engagement of their existing workers but also will win the best talent.”

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