Malaysians' Stress Level Higher Than Global Average

Last update: 18/02/2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 (Bernama) -- Malaysians are having a higher level of stress at 63 per cent compared with the global average of 53 per cent, largely contributed by traffic snarls, inadequate IT infrastructure and lengthy meetings.

According to a recent Regus report, office life has never been more stressful for Malaysians, with majority of the local respondents saying that they are closer to burning out than five years ago.

Regus, a global workplace provider, operates in over 2,000 locations worldwide.

However, many workers believe that one of the ways of easing the tension associated with demanding jobs is a break from the main office - at least some of the time.

Regus Malaysia Country Manager Vijayakumar Tangarasan said while stress levels are mounting in the workplace as a result of a combination of factors, including feeling deskbound and under-resourced, workers across the globe agree that flexible working provides a useful outlet.

"With a significant percentage of business people believing that flexible and freelance workers enjoy a better work-life balance, offering options for flexible working can help keep the workforce productive and happy," he said in a statement.

The report also revealed that 22 per cent of Malaysian respondents found a brief walk to be a good stress reliever.

In fact, having the freedom to work away from the main office from time to time is now seen as a key factor in achieving a good work-life balance with 69 per cent of the respondents believing flexible workers are better off.

The experiences of those lucky enough to be able to have flexible work arrangements support this finding with one in seven saying that they are happier now that they work outside the main office some of the time.

Similarly, the research found that freelance workers also tend to be more relaxed with 69 per cent of those questioned saying that they think freelance workers, with their freedom to change location and set their own hours, are less stressed than regular staff.