India has been one of the growing corporate hub creating ripe employment opportunities. All though despite providing employment opportunities it has been making the employees vulnerable to various health disorders. Approximately it has been found that around 42.5% Indian private sector employees are suffering with depression or general anxiety disorder due to demanding schedules of their jobs which involve high-stress levels and performance-linked perquisites. These traumatizing facts were found to be true after a survey’s result on the eve of World Health Day.
Corporate and Private Jobs Leaves Employees Ailing With Chronic Diseases
National capital topped the list of cities where the corporate and private employees are suffering from depression or general anxiety disorder. Other metro cities and corporate hubs such as Bangalore, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Hyderabad and Pune were successful enough in being placed after Delhi. These cities have been witnessing growing development and industrialization since a decade which has been creating employment opportunities while they are also drawing the working class of the nation to a weak state.
Industry book ASSOCHAM conducted this survey to study the health factors of working employees of corporate and private sectors. The rate of emotional problems such as anxiety and depression has increased by 45-50 per cent in the last eight years, the study by the industry body Assocham revealed. Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat responded as “Corporate employees have to survive the stiff global competitive environment to save their jobs, adding pressure on their health, leading to silent diseases.”
Study of industry book ASSOCHAM reveals that about 23% corporate employees suffer from obesity which can modify occupational morbidity, mortality and injury risks that can further affect workplace absence, disability, productivity and healthcare costs. Other major diseases which stood third and fourth on the list are High blood pressure and diabetes diseases with a share of 9% and 8%, respectively each causing most of the working employees to panic with the growing health disorders. Some other diseases which are also making ailing corporate employees are spondylosis affecting 5.5%, heart disease affecting 4%, cervical affecting 3%, asthma affecting 2.5%, slip disk affecting 1% and arthritis affecting 1.5% of employees.
The study report was released after considering the views of 1,250 corporate employees from 150 companies across 18 broad sectors like IT/ITeS, financial services, engineering, telecom, FMCG, real estate, infrastructure, media, telecom, education, manufacturing and advertising, among others. India’s major cities with the growing corporates such as Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Chandigarh and Dehradun etc have been regarded for this study of ASSOCHAM.
Study found that almost 38.5 percent corporate employees sleep less than 6 hours a day due to high stress levels that arise out of tough targets set by employers when the reasons and causes of these panicking ailments were recognized and made out. Around 57 per cent of the employees in the private companies said they ‘do not exercise at all’, 23 per cent do physical workout devoting less than 1 hour/week, 12 per cent of the employees exercise for 1-3 hours/week, 8 per cent employees exercise for 3-6 hours/week and merely 7 per cent stay fit by exercising for more than 6 hours/week when the are being asked for how long could they manage to work out physically daily for physical fitness. Astonishing factor is that approximately 55% of the survey respondents are from the young age group of 20-29 years who are followed by 30-39 years (26 %), 40-49 years (16 %), 50-59 years (2 %) and 60-69 years (1 %) who are actually the people below 40 years are the backbone of a nation’s economy. This study answers some questions while it leaves behind some questions and challenges which need to be addressed as early as possible. Stay tuned with us for more updates.