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42% of Vietnamese workers report frequent stress: ILO, WHO

42% of Vietnamese workers report frequent stress: ILO, WHO

Tuesday, December 05, 2023, 14:44 GMT+7
42% of Vietnamese workers report frequent stress: ILO, WHO
Workers work at a food factory in Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Approximately 42 percent of workers in Vietnam frequently experience stress, according to statistics from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, an estimated 15 percent of working-age adults confront a mental disorder each year, resulting in the loss of about 12 billion working days annually due to depression and anxiety. 

This loss equates to a staggering US$1 trillion per year in labor productivity.

Dr. Steve Pham, founding president of ESI Leadership Institute, highlighted anxiety and depression as prevalent mental health challenges, particularly among the workforce in Vietnam. 

Previously, mental health was regarded as an employee’s personal concern, but it is now recognized as an issue that businesses need to address.

Pham cited several reports as indicating that the rate of employees leaving their jobs due to dissatisfaction, conflicts, and relationship-related stress surpasses those leaving because of the nature of their work.

In the post-COVID-19 era, many businesses, companies, and organizations have shifted their focus to the mental health of their employees, prioritizing a joyful work environment over mere performance. 

A supportive and caring work environment fosters long-term high performance.

A stressful work environment not only impacts the mental health of workers but, according to Lesley Miller, deputy representative of UNICEF Vietnam, it also affects families, especially children. 

Conversely, family and childcare pressures can influence the quality and productivity of working parents.

Experts advocate effective actions to prevent risks and enhance mental health in the workplace, such as providing spaces for employees to share mental health challenges and implementing practical support programs like consultation packages and psychotherapy.

Businesses are encouraged to cultivate a happy work environment rather than solely emphasizing performance. 

Employees should be equipped with the skills to balance work and life, recognizing that striving for maximum capacity can lead to stress and exhaustion, impacting both physical and mental health and, consequently, productivity.

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