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Most Indians Are Ready to Choose Mental Well-being over High-salaried Jobs: Survey 

The survey claims 33% of Indian employees face gruesomely long working hours

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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INDIA: More than 88% of Indians are willing to give up their high-paying jobs in order to ensure their mental well-being, according to a survey conducted by UKG (US-based human capital management solutions provider).

The survey shows how work-related anxiety and the long working hours have had detrimental effects on the employees’ state of mind. 25% of employees in India mention that they often face difficulty starting the day’s work, and nearly 26% of them are tired by the time the work ends.

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33% of Indian employees face gruesomely long working hours that cause stress, due to which 34% find it exceptionally hard to focus on their jobs, 31% find it difficult to stabilize relationships, and 26% face less productivity while catering to their jobs.

Sumeet Doshi, the country manager at UKG India states, “Employees are now giving their mental health a higher priority than a high-paying work in part because of the pandemic’s revelation of the importance of mental health.”

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He added, “Their desired wage structure is far less than what they are already paid at their current jobs. This is significant since a company’s employees define it, and employees are an organization’s primary goal.”

Merely 51% of the employees in India talk to their managers, with only 30% bringing this workload situation to the manager’s attention once a month.

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Some of the reasons why the employees usually refrain from talking are the carelessness of the managers, which makes up 19%, the busy schedules of the managers, which makes up 28%, and 33% of the employees wanting to take matters into their own hands.

Doshi mentions, “By putting the mental health of their workers, managers, and leaders first, organisations may foster a culture of positivity and engagement. A company’s stability and survival depend on its employees’ ability to manage their mental health, which can be improved by investing in resources, including technology.”

Most Indians (46%) prioritized personal relationships with friends and family, while 30% prioritized health, self-care, and healthy activities. More than the doctors and therapists, studies show that managers have often been able to impact the employees’ mental health, though the manager’s mental state in the process should also be recognized.

Nearly 200 employees participated in the survey out of a total of 2,200 employees from 10 countries like US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France and Germany were interviewed.

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