While physical health and wellbeing is a topic that is frequently discussed in the corporate space, mental health and wellbeing is woefully neglected in Hong Kong. Sidelined as a taboo subject within our society. A survey of the mental health and wellbeing of Hong Kong’s citizens conducted by the Department of Health in 2018 has found that over 40 percent of the respondents rated their mental health status in the past six months preceding the survey as fair, poor or very poor.
Research has shown that poor mental health amongst staff has severely detrimental effects on business productivity and company morale, manifesting itself in absenteeism, presenteeism and high turnover rates, all of which can be expensive to a company.
There is a general lack of awareness on how mental health and wellbeing strategies could work in the workplace as well as a prevalent perception amongst business stakeholders that mental wellbeing is of secondary importance. However, proactive and preventative approaches are being developed to help combat this stigmatism and to improve employee’s mental health and wellbeing.
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