We always assume that Malaysia is a relaxing country when compared to the working culture to other countries but you would be surprise to know that our peers in Singapore and Hong Kong work lesser hours than us.
A recent research done by the inaugural Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality survey, revealed that Malaysians work on average 15 hours more than their contracted hours each work compared to employees in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia.
Things gets worse, the survey also revealed a number of this such as :-
1. Apparently companies in Malaysia have the second highest number of lost day (67 days) of work time per employee per year due to absence and presenteesim that cost companies an average of RM2.7 million per year
2. What is Presenteeism you ask? Well, Presenteeism is when an employee attend work despite feeling ill. This is linked to job demands, under staffing, OT (overtime), heavy workloads and nearing deadlines.
3. The survey also said that 64% of Malaysian employees perform less than 150 minutes of physical activity a week, highest compared to our counterparts Singapore and Hong Kong. It also has said that 12,5% Malaysian employees are obese.
4. 90% of Malaysian employees do not have a balance diet when it comes to food. 86% of Malaysians eat fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
5. The survey also revealed that 29% of Malaysian employees are at risk of having heart problems, kidney conditions, cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure.
6. Fun Fact: Malaysia has the highest adult smoking rates which is at 11% compared to Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
7. Slightly more than half (about 53%) of Malaysian employees report at least one dimension of work related stress.
8. We also have the highest percentage of employees that sleep less than 7 hours a night.
9. Also, 18% of Malaysian employees report that they are exposed to bullying at work, 4% reported that they are bullied often or always and 12% of of Malaysian employees experience high levels of anxiety or depressive symptoms.