China: Chinese business leaders are the most stressed in the world, pushing Taiwan into second slot. Chief reason for high stress levels is a growing competitive environment, fast-paced market growth and resultant pressures, according to Grant Thornton’s International Business Report.
The survey which was carried out amongst 32 countries and regions found that 84% of Chinese business people reported more stress than a year earlier, followed by 82% for Taiwan and 79% for India. The global average is currently of 56% which is barely 27% for leaders in Sweden who registered the lowest stress levels.
The poll looked at working hours, with Indians clocking the longest weeks at 57 hours and Italians the shortest at 47. Chinese business owners averaged 54 hours a week, one higher than the global average of 53. Thankfully, so far Indians are no longer the “most stressed”.
Grant Thornton surveyed 7,200 business owners in late 2006, including 300 in mainland China. The report marks the fifth year for the study, previously called the International Business Owners Survey.
The study provides clear indicators which some countries take serious note of as they dessiminate the information amongst the target group through media, medical establishments and corporate/ government offices. The overall well being of people has begun to matter to an increasing number of countries.