EDITORIAL: Workers’ discontent affects the economy

The country’s Workforce Happiness Index has fallen slightly this year, falling to 61.6 out of 100, according to a survey released by online job bank yes123 on Friday ahead of the holiday weekend. workers. While the happiness score, which aims to measure how Taiwanese feel about their work, has remained above the 60-point threshold this year and is deemed satisfactory, it is below the 62.6 of the year and put an end to four consecutive years of increases.

The survey collected 1,216 valid responses from adults online from April 13 to Monday last week, with respondents listing their top five desires as: “To have good physical and mental health” (54.3%), “Getting a raise” (50.8%), “Leaving work on time” (41.2%), “Saving enough money to buy a house” (34.3%) and “Changing employment” (31.6%).

About 29.3% of respondents said they do not want to be put on unpaid leave and 28.1% hope not to be fired, while 27.1% expect their vacation time to be approved, 25, 2% don’t want to receive text messages from supervisors on personal time or during holidays, and 23.8% are trying to find a work-life balance, according to the survey.

The survey also revealed a reality for employees, with 88.3% saying their bosses or supervisors are “spoiled”. Respondents said these bosses or supervisors tend to treat workers poorly, but still believe that their staff should be loyal to the workplace. For example, 41.2% said their bosses were unwilling to hire additional people to deal with the current staff workload, 40% said they were forced to do work unrelated to their duties and 32.2% said they were required to work overtime without pay or compensation. holidays.

Meanwhile, 25.1% said their requests for pay rises or bonuses are often denied on the grounds that the company is not profitable. A further 23.8% said they often experience verbal abuse from their bosses or supervisors, who they believe have low emotional intelligence.

Although most workers said an ideal job is to work 7.6 hours a day, 53% said they sometimes had to work overtime after clocking in, while 58% said they had to. sometimes go to bed late to finish their work. As a result, employees estimate they spend an average of 9.3 hours at work each day, with 12.3% working 12 hours or more, far exceeding the maximum allowed by law. Long hours result in insufficient rest, poor sleep, lack of exercise, irregular eating schedules and an imbalance between work and family time, the survey showed.

Low wages have long been a complaint of workers in Taiwan. Associated with a poor work-life balance and high levels of stress in the workplace, Taiwanese workers have long led destitute lives. Accumulated fatigue at work certainly negatively affects work efficiency, as well as the physical and mental health of employees.

In particular, as the work-from-home trend has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become crucial for people to separate their personal and professional lives and avoid working overtime. These issues must be addressed and corrected to protect workers’ quality of life. Otherwise, the growth of business and industry will be hampered, which will affect the overall economic performance of the country.

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