Filipinos are the most stressed workers in Southeast Asia: Gallup poll

In case you’ve been feeling like you need a break from work lately, you’re not alone — Filipinos are apparently the most stressed out workers in Southeast Asia, according to a study by Gallup.

In its 2022 State of the Global Workplace report, Gallup found that stress levels had reached yet another all-time global high and that the Philippines has one of the highest stress levels of any country in the world.

Out of the 1,000 people Gallup surveyed in the Philippines, 50 percent said that they experienced stress most of the day, higher than the global average of 44 percent.

That also puts the Philippines ahead of it less-stressed neighbors in the region including Thailand at 41 percent, Cambodia at 38 percent, Myanmar at 37 percent, and Vietnam at 37 percent.

The Philippines also ranked second regionally when it comes to experiencing sadness at work on a daily basis at 32 percent, and third when it comes to feeling angry each day at 24 percent.

The country also ranks seventh in Southeast Asia when it comes to experiencing daily worry.

In comparison, global averages show that 40 percent experience worry on a daily basis; 23 percent experience sadness and 21 percent felt anger. 

While many Filipinos are currently unhappy at work, there is some silver lining — the same study shows that the Philippines had the most engaged employees at work at 31 percent. Gallup described engaged employees as “highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. They are psychological ‘owners,’ drive performance and innovation, and move the organization forward.”

Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace Report is released annually and is said to represent “the collective voice of the global employee.”

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