Half of the people who currently work in Pudong say that they are stressed out over issues like high property prices and work pressure and that it’s taking a toll on their personal lives, according to a recent survey.
A report released by the Pudong New Area Federation of Trade Unions showed that 23 precent of unmarried respondents found that work has forced them to push aside marriage plans, as they no longer have time to consider it. Many of them also said that they had no time to attend matchmaking or social events.
“I suffered from intense pressure and slept only two hours once because of overwork,” complained a project manager surnamed Jin, who works with a software company in Pudong. “I just hope the company would hire more reliable staff next year as there is a definite shortage of staff,” he said.
He complained that his wife even blamed him for negligence in bringing up their two-year-old son because of his busy work schedule.
The survey polled workers across Pudong and spread over four months. Only 5.2 percent of those surveyed said they felt no pressure, and over 40 percent said that they worked overtime and hoped to be compensated for their extra hours.
Last year, research released by consulting firm Regus showed that Chinese people were the most stressed in the world, with 80 percent of people in the country working overtime and only one in three workers getting paid vacations.
The countrywide epidemic has resulted in sleep problems, a rising obesity rate, and in extreme cases, death.
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