Is Your Job Killing You? 6 Of The Most Stressful Industries In Hong Kong

Health

For those of you that have just entered the job market you might think it's a good idea to work as hard as possible to please senior management. Unfortunately, this approach can cause unnoticeable stress that often leads to more severe health issues. Don't wait for that moment a few years down the line when you compare yourself to the person you were and realize you're burnt out.

Are you in a state of Sub-Optimal Health?

Early in 2013, the University of Hong Kong carried out an investigation about 「Sub-optimal Health」 caused by work stress. Sub-optimal health is considered the stage between health and disease with the physical and psychological symptoms often difficult to diagnose. HKU surveyed 535 Hong Kongnese between the age of 18 to 65, and found that almost 97% of participants showed at least one symptom of sub-optimal health. Among the most common was eye fatigue, back pain and frequent tiredness. People who sleep no longer than 8 hours on average are most likely to suffer from some type of psychological health issue, be it frequent frustration, anxiety or an increased tendency to lose their temper.

The Amount Of Hours You Work Matters

According to the Stress Investigation of Workers in Hong Kong published by the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Union, Occupational Safety and Health Association in 2017, there is a strong correlation between the number of hours you work and the levels of stress you experience.

Here are the top 6 most demanding industries according to the HKFTU that you need to be aware of!

No.6: Administrative and Support services

The main cause of stress: The continuous need to be make timely decisions, an extremely heavy workload and often unrealistic or tight deadlines for task completion.

No.5: Education

The main cause of stress: Frequent changes to educational policies and curricula, a large administrative overhead, lesson preparation and demanding expectations from parents.

No.4: Electricity, Gas and utilities supplies

The main cause of stress: Staff are stretched due to a manpower and equipment shortage in front-line services, there's also a large administrative (paper-work) overhead placed on employees.

No.2: Finance and Insurance

The main cause of stress: A significant amount of ambiguity across roles and a lack of support are cited as frequent sources of pressure and stress for employees.

No.1: Transportation, Warehousing, Postal and Delivery Services

The main cause of stress: An expectation from senior management to work overtime on a regular basis as well as unrelenting, heavy workload.

Ensure you understand the risks of taking a demanding role over the medium to long-term. Personal development and progression are important, but unless you find balance you will jeopardise your health which will ultimately disadvantage you in the future.

Ewan Cheuk

Columnist writes about lift-style, work , sports in Hong Kong, China,Taiwan. Worked in the media, advertising industry for years.

4 min read

Read these next

You read about all of the tips and tricks to, but how often do you get to hear about the horror stories that occur?

It’s an unfortunate reality, that after your onboarding you find the job just isn’t what you expected... So, what are your options? How do you handle ...



To avoid being exploited or “duped” by an employer, everyone should learn about their basic rights and entitlements under law. We are talking about ...

Hiring competent candidates for roles is challenging. Not only does the hiring manager need to nail the job description to make it compelling to poten...

22Jobs
Medium · Logistics · North Point
12Jobs
Medium · eCommerce · Tsuen Wan West
5Jobs
Large · Consumer · Quarry Bay
27Jobs
Large · Food & Beverage · Sheung Wan

Related topics

Work-life Balance > Related topics

Can we send you a helpful email?

More articles like this one, jobs and insightful company profiles that give you everything you need to succeed.