Over three-fourths or 78% of Singaporean workers feel that the longer hours many are experiencing due to increased feelings of being 'always on' for work is having a negative impact on work-related stress levels, according to the Cigna Wellbeing Index.
This has shown a higher figure compared to 72% recorded in January.
This rise in 'always on' work culture during COVID-19 has had a direct impact on work-related stress, with 63% saying they felt stressed at work and 34% saying they saw work as a source of stress. People are also working more before and after traditional work hours, with 59% saying they are working at weekends, compared to 47% in January.
However, overall personal stress levels dropped from 78% in January to 76% in April attributed to the decrease in family and financial stress.
Respondents reported stronger domestic ties across the board, with 45% saying the amount of time people are able to spend with their family has increased, compared to 33% in January, whilst the quality of time spent with family has also increased, from 31% to 38% over the same period.
Almost half or 47% said they were better able to take care of the well-being of their spouse/partner, compared to 31% in January. Overall, 37% of respondents said they had a close-knit family that gives them emotional support, compared to 31% in January.
Family-related stress has also decreased from 13% in January to just 8% in April. Similarly, stress from relationships outside of the family also fell from 8% to 6%.
On the other hand, 43% of people in Singapore said they felt isolated from others, down from 57% in January. However, in terms of whether they felt there were people they could talk to, the results were less positive, with just 61% echoing the sentiment, compared with 67% in January. Likewise, 54% reported that they felt they had people who really understood them, down from 61% in January.
A rise in virtual health appointments is also seen with nearly half of all people in Singapore (44%) said they were likely to choose virtual health appointments rather than face to face ones. In particular, the majority (54%) said they would choose virtual health in place of general health support, and 34% said they would use it for mental health support.