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Singapore faces health support deficit amid economic challenges, reveals Cigna study

Cigna Study: 87% of Singaporeans stressed, workers urge employers for better health support



SINGAPORE: Amidst rising living costs and economic uncertainty, Singaporean employees are urgently seeking more health and well-being support from their employers. This is a key finding from the Cigna Healthcare 2023 Vitality Study, which has highlighted a concerning disparity in ‘vitality’ levels between Singapore and other global markets—only 10% of Singaporean respondents reported high vitality.

The study, encompassing responses from 10,800 participants across 12 markets, including 1,000 from Singapore, paints a picture of heightened stress affecting the nation’s health—87% of locals report feeling stressed, a figure that surpasses the global average of 80%.

Singaporeans appear to highly value their environmental and intellectual health, yet a significant gap exists in their capacity to maintain physical health, with only 30% feeling equipped with the right skills and tools. This points to an imperative need for employer and policy intervention.

Furthermore, the research draws a stark line connecting vitality levels with stress, with those in the high vitality category reporting stronger mental well-being. Economic factors heavily dictate stress, with the cost of living being the predominant concern for 60% of those surveyed.

Employees are voicing a strong preference for health and well-being support from their workplaces, specifically favoring flexible working arrangements, comprehensive health insurance, and mental health services.

Cigna Healthcare Singapore & Australia’s CEO, Raymond Ng, underscores the critical need for employers to provide holistic support as part of their core organizational strategy, to help employees thrive.

The findings align with recent actions by Singapore’s National Wages Council (NWC), which recommends a one-off special payment for employees, especially those earning lower to middle incomes, to alleviate the impact of inflation.

These guidelines for December 2023 to November 2024 echo past measures during high inflation periods. Mr. Peter Seah, NWC’s chairman, emphasizes the importance of this gesture to support workers during these financially strenuous times.

Moreover, the NWC advises a wage increase for lower-wage workers between 5.5 to 7.5 percent or a monetary increase of at least S$85 to S$105, depending on the company’s performance and outlook.

This recommendation is part of a larger strategy to ensure wages grow in tandem with productivity and that wage structures remain flexible and resilient.

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No wonder now Lawless Wong is LAUNDERING and INTENSIVELY promoting his aggenda, plucked from survey, that Sheeps are gunning for Spiritual Fulfilment. Unbelievable. Draw out POFMA instructions, LW.

But the PAP Administration via public health services is lavishing spending free pneumonic vaccines, free health check ups, free ageing in place for seniors. Deficit?
Is the PAP Political Party funding all these? So good? Wow.

Totally BLIND, IRREFUTABLE NONSENSES of accommodating 6~10 million people, a policy of bastards who live in huge grounds and, claimed no wrong doings, here in Sheegapore causing all DISASTROUS living conditions :

-Sky high flat prices, Sky high transport fees,
-Unreachable affordability to the needy to own cars and vehicles for small businesses,
-Squeezing of available public spaces (possibly a cause of stress outcomes of road raging and petty quarrels, everywhere),
-Needless competition even for menial jobs,
and so on, based on common sense which Politicians MUCH DEVOID.

What’s the causes of these health issues?
Due to avalanche of foreigners stealing our lunch in broad daylight?
Die to the mass importing of new citizens new PRs and foreigners and causes essential goods including housings and transportation costs to shoot up through the roof?