Addressing mental health at the workplace in Singapore
A survey last year by global health and wellness consultancy Mercer Marsh Benefits found that 60 per cent of the Singapore- or Hong Kong-based multinational corporations polled realized that the mental wellness of their staff was a priority. But only 30 per cent had done something about it.
This suggests that, while companies recognize that addressing employees’ mental well-being is a factor in retaining talent, they’re not sure how to deal with that stigma.
The benefits include reduction in medical claims and in increase in average working hours per employee per week. Workplace adjustments include access to counsellors and flexible work arrangements.
The rise of the gig economy presents solutions to mental health needs, such as an increase in flexible work.
When you think about mental well-being, a lot of it stems from not having one-size-fits-all routines, involving working at a desk. It’s also about flexible working arrangements where people can work for themselves at their pace.
For more guidance, read the Singapore Health & Benefits study by Mercer Marsh Benefits.
Neil Narale is a partner and health leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits, an award-winning global health and wellness consultancy. Neil's client responsibilities centre on helping multinational and local organisations manage their employee health and benefit offerings from a regional and local perspective. Neil received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Western Ontario. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (US) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries.
Excerpts of this article taken from The Sunday Times’ Life Features on 5 May 2019. Click here to view the original article.
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