One fifth of young Filipino workers hounded by fear of not doing as well as peers – survey

AT least 20 percent of Filipinos belonging to the age group of 16-24 years old said they tend to be motivated by the “fear of not being able to do as well as my peers”, according to the Hustle Culture survey conducted by Milieu Insight.

According to a region-wide study which surveyed employees in Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines, “Across all 3 countries, 16-24 year olds tend to be motivated by the ‘fear of not being able to do as well as my peers’, with 30 percent in Singapore, 20 percent in the Philippines and 11 percent in Indonesia indicating so.” 

The report added, “As a result, 50 percent of employees across the region have reported feeling burnt out from work at least a few times a month, with 41 percent ‘often’ or ‘always’ feeling as though they cannot stop thinking about work.” 

Conducted by Southeast Asian consumer research company, Milieu Insight, in collaboration with Intellect, the Hustle Culture study surveyed 3,000 employees across Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, and discovered only 57 percent of Singaporeans rated their mental health to be “good”, “very good” or “excellent”, compared to 68 percent in Indonesia and 78 percent in the Philippines.

The Milieu Insight surveyed 1,000 employee respondents per country who work at least 35 hours a week. The survey was conducted in July 2022. 

Insights from the study also show that on average, Singapore employees spend less than or as much time at work than their regional counterparts, but report the lowest levels of engagement and job satisfaction. 

In Singapore, 42 percent of talent reported high engagement at work,  compared to 52 percent of Indonesian employees and 56 percent of Filipino employees. At the same time, 26 percent of Singaporean employees are dissatisfied with their job, compared to 15 percent in Indonesia and 17 percent in the Philippines.

As for respondents’ view on having poor quality of life, 52 percent of Singapore employees have agreed to experiencing such, while 37 percent of Indonesian employees agree, and 36 percent employees agreed to having poor quality of life. 

The report added that this translates into poor sleep, with 30 percent of Singaporeans admitting to poor sleep quality, compared to 19 percent of Indonesian employees and 16 percent of Filipino employees. 

Stephen Tracy, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Milieu Insight, said “Interestingly, we ran a similar study in 2020 among 2,000+ Singaporeans, where we found that 52 percent of 16 to 24 year-olds actually embraced the idea of hustle culture, and working as hard as possible to advance one’s career. Two years on, I think this poll sheds light on how opinions toward work have evolved, and how the effects of the pandemic and other global issues, such as inflation and a looming recession, may be weighing on the younger generations.” 

“The data highlights just how important it is for employees to be mindful of their work-life balance, and for employers to cultivate positive and balanced working environments,” Tracy added.

Meanwhile, Theodoric Chew, co-founder and CEO of Intellect—a mental health firm, said, “This report is our first step in gaining a deeper understanding of ‘hustle culture’ and its impact on our local and regional communities. At Intellect, our aim is to tackle ongoing challenges with workplace fatigue, burnout and employee mental health.” 

“While companies may be hesitant to invest in more robust wellbeing initiatives such as coaching or counselling, it is a necessary step in building workforce mental resilience, in line with the Singapore government’s goal to improve employment support for those with mental health conditions,” Chew added. 

Milieu Insight is a consumer research and analytics company that connects businesses directly with their target audience for market research. The company collects consumer opinion data across a multitude of lifestyle topics and sectors through a proprietary mobile app known as Milieu Surveys. 

Meanwhile, Intellect is a modern-day mental health company with a mission to make mental healthcare and wellbeing support accessible for everyone. Intellect is the largest and fastest growing mental health tech company in Asia, serving over 3 million users and leading organizations globally. 

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