Workers reveal their high levels of stress in survey

Hong Kong people are ranked among the five most stressed in the world, with employers' support for managing stress minimal, says a survey by Cigna Corporation.

Samantha Wong

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Hong Kong people are ranked among the five most stressed in the world, with employers' support for managing stress minimal, says a survey by Cigna Corporation.

Millennials aged 18 to 34 years old reported the highest level of unmanageable stress of 26 percent, compared with 17 percent for all respondents.

Nearly everyone is stressed in Hong Kong (92 percent), with factors such as work (39 percent) and finance (27 percent) the primary causes.

"Job insecurity, eagerness to climb the career ladder, and desire to own a home may explain why millennials feel so stressed," said Yuman Chan, chief executive and country manager, Cigna Hong Kong.

The survey conducted by the insurance firm also reveals that cost is the greatest barrier to seeking professional help, while one-fifth of the millennials are uncomfortable about opening up or discussing their problems with a stranger.

Of those who receive support from their employers, only 13 percent believe it is adequate, the survey which interviewed 500 respondents in Hong Kong found.

About 60 percent of respondents received no support from their employers. Chan said Hongkongers are practical when it comes to health support from employers.

"They seek tangible benefits like dental and cancer coverage, rather than stress management assistance," added Chan.