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Over 50% of Gen Z Workers In Asia Are Experiencing Poor Mental Health

The pandemic arguably acted as the catalyst for conversations around work-life balance and wellbeing.

It also shifted mental health sharply into focus, with the WHO reporting a 25% increase in anxiety and depression worldwide between 2020 and 2021.

While social isolation played a huge part in this, having to adapt our working lives to accommodate lockdown restrictions while also juggling home life also took its toll.

Over three years on, younger workers in particular are still feeling the effects with 50% of Gen Z workers in Asia reporting “poor mental health”.

That’s according to a recent study by Axa which surveyed over 30,000 workers across Europe, the U.S. and Asia, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.

The report also found that 69% of Asia-based Gen Z workers felt uncertainty about their futures, 56% worried their skills didn’t match with their jobs and 47% felt under pressure to keep up with “the pace of change at work”.

And when you take the recent spate of layoffs into account, particularly in tech where over 220,000 tech workers have been made redundant since the start of 2023, it’s understandable why so many feel vulnerable.

“While all generations experienced the pandemic, Gen Z was the only group to do so during their late teen and young adult years when most humans are developing key skills related to interpersonal interactions as well as professional and career planning,” suggests one of the report’s authors.


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“The pandemic also occurred during a time in the developmental years of many Gen Z when they are learning how to independently take on challenges and understand how to maintain a sense of security on their own.”

So how can employers and employees work together to promote better work practices—remotely and in-office—and foster a culture of health and wellbeing, across the generations?

For starters, feeling connected along with a sense of belonging is essential, particularly for workers who work remotely for all or part of the week. As such, employers should create opportunities for connectivity including mentorship and regular check-ins.

Facilitating access to learning and development opportunities should also address Gen Z’s feelings of inadequacy towards their skills and experience—separate research from Korn Ferry found that as Gen Z is highly motivated by meaningful work and the opportunity for advancement, companies need to invest in learning and development to retain young talent.

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