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Malaysia’s healthiest workplaces for 2018



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AIA Malaysia has released the results of the country’s Healthiest Workplace 2018 survey, highlighting that absence and presenteeism continue to affect organisations’ bottom lines.

A total of 117 organisations of different sizes from different sectors participated this year, representing a combined workforce of 11,551 employees. Since its launch last year, the survey results have brought forward the issue of high productivity loss, as well as other behaviours and factors like lack of sleep, stress, poor eating, physical inactivity as well as overall mental health and wellbeing.

The key findings of this year’s survey are as follows:

  • The increasing prevalence of mental health issues in the workplace with 50.2% of employees reporting at least one dimension of work-related stress. 18.2% of these employees attribute their stress to financial concerns.
  • 98% of employees have a higher AIA Vitality Age than actual age and are functioning with a body and mental state that is older than their actual years.
  • Organisations lose a total of 73.1 days per employee due to absence and presenteeism, costing each employer RM2.27 million per year.
  • 91.7% of employees surveyed do not have a balanced diet.
  • 54.4% of Malaysians get less than seven hours of sleep per night. 11% said that they have poor sleep, while 2% have very poor sleep.
  • 90% of organisations offer at least one intervention – only 13% of employees are aware of any intervention offered by their employers and for those who are aware, 59% participate in at least one intervention.
  • 56% of employees feel that their line managers care about their health and wellbeing.
  • 32% of employees are reported to have one or more chronic diseases (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, or stroke).
  • 45.9% of employees are at risk of health issues with their physical activities falling below 150 minutes per week.
  • 16.6% of employees are obese.
  • 85% of employees are reported to have one or more musculoskeletal conditions.

In line with this, it is important for organisations that promote healthy employee lifestyles to be recognised. AIA Malaysia did so at its second Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality Awards held on Friday, 7 December 2018 at its Healthiest Workplace Summit (pictured below).

A total of 15 companies were recognised for their respective efforts in promoting workplace health and creating a healthy environment for their employees.

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The winners across four categories include:

1. Malaysia’s Healthiest Employees

The survey uses the scientific test of “AIA Vitality Age’, which measures all aspects of health including exercise, nutrition and stress, to calculate a person’s ‘health’ age in comparison to their chronological age. This award is conferred to the company of which their workforce is considered healthiest, measured by the average difference between AIA Vitality Age and actual age.

Winners:

  • Small organisation (20-249 employees) – Conspec Group of Companies
  • Medium organisation (250-999 employees) – Silverlake Axis
  • Large organisation (1,000 employees and above) – Hartalega

Highly Commended: 

  • Small organisation – SAP Malaysia
  • Medium organisation – SBM Offshore Malaysia
  • Large organisation – Gamuda

2. Malaysia’s Healthiest Employer

This award is conferred to the company which has the best-weighted score based on the provision and use of facilities, company culture, including employee usage of facilities and the overall nature of the work environment.

Winners:

  • Small organisation – SOCSO Rehabilitation Centre Malaysia (Pusat Rehabilitasi PERKESO)
  • Medium organisation – HP Inc. Malaysia
  • Large organisation – Dell Global Business Center

Highly Commended: 

  • Small organisation – SAP Malaysia
  • Medium organisation – UDA Holdings
  • Large organisation – Nestlé Products

3. Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace

This award is conferred to the company which has the highest average score from the Healthiest Employer and Healthiest Employees categories, each being given equal weight.

Winners:

  • Small organisation (20-249 employees) – Conspec Group of Companies
  • Medium organisation (250-999 employees) – SBM Offshore Malaysia
  • Large organisation (1,000 employees and above) – Dell Global Business Center

Highly Commended: 

  • Small organisation – SOCSO Rehabilitation Centre Malaysia (Pusat Rehabilitasi PERKESO)
  • Medium organisation – HP Inc. Malaysia
  • Large organisation – Top Glove Corporation

4. Malaysia’s Most Improved Workplace

This award is conferred to the winning company which has the highest average score of the most improvements made in their performance since 2017.

Winners:

  • Small organisation – Jardine Lloyd Thompson
  • Medium organisation – AIG Shared Services Malaysia
  • Large organisation – Public Bank

(There were no ‘highly commended’ organisations for this category.)

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