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Hong Kong workers suffer from mental health issues, research shows

Research found that more than one third of employees are working overtime.

Hongkongers are overworked and stressed out, research shows.

More than 60% of workers have symptoms of “burnout,” including easily getting tired and losing interest in everything, according to research by the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong and Tung Wah College.

A quarter of interviewees said they feel “extremely depressed or anxious.”

More than a third work overtime with an average 48.4 hours per week despite an average contract of 41 hours per week, the research found. 

Lawrence Lam (middle) hopes to enhance the ability of recognising mental health problems to the public.

“Hong Kong is starting late for promoting workplace mental health,” Lawrence Lam, Vice President of Tung Wah College, said in a press conference today. 

Most surveyed said they did not have flexible working hours.

“We encourage enterprises to have ‘Mental Health Workplace Policies’, including family friendly policies and flexible working hours,” Stephen Wong, the Assistant Director General of the Mental Health Association of Hong Kong, said at the press conference.

Mr Wong said employees should learn more about mental health, pay attention to the mental health condition of people around them and develop a caring culture in the workplace. 

It is normal to have high working pressure in Hong Kong and having workshops and online lessons is a waste of time, Steve Lam, 47, a clerk in a telecom firm, said.

“The best way to release our pressure is to give us more holidays,” said Mr Lam. “It is good to have positive communications, but managers need to communicate and understand us first.” 

“I think having lessons and workshops will work, it will help reduce our working pressure,” said Brook Chan, who is in his 30s and works in customer service. 

The researchers interviewed 213 full-time employees from two different enterprises and plan to talk to 400 more of different backgrounds and ranks, said Prof Lam.

The full report will be released at the end of this year or the start of next year.

《The Young Reporter》

The Young Reporter (TYR) started as a newspaper in 1969. Today, it is published across multiple media platforms and updated constantly to bring the latest news and analyses to its readers.


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