Study: Pinoy workforce’s mental health remains sound

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The mental health of Filipino employees remains sound and safe amid the various challenges that most of them have encountered, a study by a Singaporean research company showed.

Based on the result of the region-wide study done by Milieu Insight, it said 78 percent of the Filipino workforce says they have high morale when it comes to engagement towards their jobs, work satisfaction, and overall quality of life.

In contrast, 57 percent of Singaporeans rated their mental health to be “good,” “very good” or “excellent” of the same factors, compared to 68 percent in Indonesia and 78 percent in the Philippines.

Further, the survey, which was done last July 2022 and interviewed 3,000 people from said countries, disclosed that the top reason why employees push themselves so hard is the desire to build a better life for themselves and their loved ones (58 percent), achieving a sense of accomplishment (53 percent), and earning more income (50 percent).

“Across all three countries, 16-24-year-olds tend to be motivated by the “fear of not being able to do as well as my peers,” with 30 percent in Singapore, 20 percent in the Philippines, and 11 percent in Indonesia indicating so. As a result, 50 percent of employees across the region have reported feeling burnt out from work, at least a few times a month, with 41 percent “often” or “always” feeling as though they cannot stop thinking about work,” the result of the survey read.

Causes of burnout and fatigue, especially for younger employees, include financial and geopolitical uncertainties, the Covid-19 pandemic, a potential global recession on the horizon — the glamorization of productivity, and the “rise and grind” mentality.

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