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City anchor: Almost zero stress in govt jobs,private employees bear the brunt

Mumbai topped the list of private sector employees with high stress.

Written by Express News Service | Published: April 6, 2013 3:28:50 am

Government employees are exposed to far less stress levels at the workplace than their private sector counterparts,reveals the annual ASSOCHAM survey,which lists Pune 10th on the list of Indian cities where the private sector workforce is prone to job-related stress.

Mumbai topped the list of private sector employees with high stress.

The survey,‘Government vs Private Employee Health Scenario’ in India says 85% employees surveyed in the private sector had lifestyle diseases or chronic diseases or acute ailments.

Government employees scored low with only 8%.

The report included major cities like Delhi,Mumbai,Kolkata,Chennai,Ahmedabad,Hyderabd,Pune,Chandigarh and Dehradun. On an average,a little over 200 employee were surveyed from each city. Mumbai was followed by Delhi (2nd) and Ahmedabad (3rd).

The findings on government employees reveal positive features ranging from reasonably good health,family stability,cordial relationship. The survey states that many healthcare schemes for government employees,in addition to pension,reflected in their better health standards,as compared to the private sector.

Private employees from 18 broad sectors,with maximum share of 17% from from IT/ITes,were covered.

Stress has been rising on the domestic front too. “Rising incidents of marital disputes contributing to high stress levels is reflected in increasing health problems,” says Dr B K Rao,Chairman,ASSOCHAM Health Committee.

“There are deadlines to meet and a lot of stress in our workplace. This results in cutting down on sleeping hours. During project delivery time,we work for 18 hours at a stretch for days resulting in loss of sleep. This also causes other problems like back pain,fatigue and poor concentration. But our job demands long working hours and we do not have any other option. This is also one of the reasons for suicide increasing among the young working force,” said Abhijeet Patil,who works for an IT firm.

The survey reveals that nearly 45% of private sector employees sleep less than 6 hours a day owing to work pressure.

Around 58% private sector employees are deeply concerned about their future health,38% are most of the time fearful regarding future health conditions and 4% do not fear about their future health at all,” adds the ASSOCHAM Survey.

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