Singaporeans Are Becoming More Unproductive, Here's Why

Singaporeans Are Becoming More Unproductive, Here's WhySingaporeans Are Becoming More Unproductive, Here's Why

Do you find yourself becoming more unproductive at work?

Many associate Singapore with success and innovation. And rightly so, when you take into consideration that the tiny nation boasts one of the highest GDP’s in the world, and is a world leader in many areas of service. Yet, it can be said that there are many unproductive Singaporeans.

According to research by The AIA Vitality Healthiest Workplace research, companies lost 51.3 days on average as a result of being absent or decreased productivity.

Here are some of the main reasons why there are unproductive Singaporeans:

1. Longer working hours 

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As reported by The Straits Times, data from the Manpower Ministry revealed Singaporeans work an average of 45.6 hours per week from January to September in 2016. That’s nearly a whole working day more than their UK counterparts, who worked 37.5 hours per week in comparison.

Dedication is great, but longer worker hours can actually lead to feeling unproductive! This can leave us with lower concentration levels and increased stress, which affects our overall health.

2. Poor overall health

Roughly half of the employees said they have issues getting decent sleep, and 7% of workers reported having a BMI of 30 and above. Whilst the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale isn’t 100% reliable, it’s a good indicator of your general health. It’s recommended to have a BMI between 19% and 25%, as obesity increases risks of cardiovascular disease. Obesity also affects sleep – we know how hard it is to function when you don’t get enough rest! No wonder we complain about have no motivation or feeling unproductive!

3. Unbalanced diet

A large number of employees reported not eating enough fruit and vegetables daily when compared to the UK workforce. It’s important to get enough fruits and veggies. A balanced diet means the body can perform at maximum capacity. You may also lose weight and experience improved sleep! So maybe try out these healthy hawker foods next time for lunch instead of your usual fried stuff.

4. Not moving around enough

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40% of Singaporeans report having less 150 minutes of exercise a week. The scales increase for people who spend most of their workday sitting behind a desk when they don’t exercise! Try to go for a light jog before the day starts. Park the car further away so you can walk to the office. Small steps will add up in the long run and you will feel less unproductive!

5. Poor mental health

Health also includes mental health. 6.6% of the surveys reported feeling bullied at the workplace (three times higher than the UK!). Other workers reported experiencing symptoms of depression. If we aren’t taking care of our mental health, our efforts will translate into unproductive work. No matter how hard we try!

If you find yourself suffering from decreased productivity, consider the above as a checklist!

Try to work from home, provided the option is viable. Also don’t forget to check your rights as an employee on the Ministry of Manpower’s website.


Did you find these tips to improve productivity helpful? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by

Vinnie Wong