Infographic on Workforce Stress: The Top Lifestyle Risk for Asia Pacific Employers

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Asian employers rank stress as the leading lifestyle risk across the region, yet few have established a workplace culture that proactively manages stress.

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Infographic on Workforce Stress: The Top Lifestyle Risk for Asia Pacific Employers

  1. 1. For more findings and commentary on the Staying@Work Survey, please visit www.towerswatson.com/stayingatwork and download a report for your region. Take Action: Effective Steps to Reducing Workforce Stress Ensure all levels of leadership — including managers — know how to recognize and manage employee stress. Understand your employees’ stress drivers. Listen to employees to find out how they are coping with stress and how you can help. 2 1 3 4 Review and adjust the company’s health and workforce programs in light of the findings: ••Offer stress relief support that covers acute episodes, and more sustained long-term solutions for chronic conditions that can lead to health issues and burnout. ••Encourage employees to take their full vacation time. ••Offer physical activities. ••Provide formal stress management/resilience programs. 5 Evaluate areas of the employee value proposition that have a positive or negative impact on stress. These can include rewards, leadership and culture, and have a dramatic effect on engagement. Current Stress Management Actions are Ineffective in the long-term Asian employers tend to favor low-investment approaches to managing stress over and above actions that might be more time- and resource- intensive but would also yield a higher return in the long term. a Workplace Culture to Manage Top Risk Effectively Workforce Stress: Establishing Insights From the Towers Watson 2013/2014 Staying@Work Survey TM Asian employers rank Stress as the Leading Workforce Risk across most countries in the region Top three causes of Stress in Asia Pacific Inadequate staffing ••Lack of support ••Uneven workload ••Uneven performance in group Low pay ••Low increases in pay Lack of work/life balance ••Excessive workloads ••Long hours 32%37%41% Top health management actions 4 1 5 2 6 3 7 Substance abuse Poor nutrition Presenteeism Tobacco use Obesity Lack of physical activity Stress Education/ Awareness Flexible work options Stress management (e.g., yoga, tai chi) 41% 40% 38% Specialized training 26% Anti-stress space 10% of those employers currently offer a program to manage stress or promote resilience. of Asian employers are making managing stress a priority in their health strategy. Only 15% Only 26% Few Asian employers have Established a Workplace Culture that proactively Manages Stress

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