Singapore workforce under pressure as commitments rise
SINGAPORE, Sept 14 — Some two in three workers in Singapore (66 per cent) feel that their workload has increased compared to six months ago, according to a survey conducted by job portal JobsCentral.
Among those who felt their workload has increased, 83.3 per cent said that their level of work stress has also increased in the last six months.
The survey of 2,281 respondents consisted of employed individuals across occupations and income groups.
Six in 10 of the respondents said that they stay in the office for at least an hour after work hours at least three days a week.
One in three said they bring their work home to complete, 22 per cent said they have worked from home while on sick leave and close to 18 per cent said they have worked while on vacation.
The survey found that those who earned more were more inclined to such behaviour — of those who said they worked beyond official work hours, most earn more than S$5,000 (RM12,500) per month.
“Technology such as 3G and Wi-Fi on smartphones, tablets and laptops means that you can take work with you wherever you may be.
“It also means that employers have the expectation that you are available even after office hours,” said Ms Michelle Lim, chief operating officer of JobsCentral Group.
The survey also found that almost one in four (24 per cent) of Singapore workers say that they feel bullied at work.
Common bullying behaviours include unfair and biased allocation of workload, verbal abuse and personal attacks.
Most of the workers who report being bullied are aged between 41 and 50 (34 per cent) while administrative staff (31 per cent) were found to be more vulnerable to bullying than professionals, managers, executives and technicians. — Today