More than half of Singapore companies have 'mentally absent' employees

More than half of Singapore companies have 'mentally absent' employees

SINGAPORE - More than half of Singapore businesses have staff who are physically present but "mentally absent" from their job.

Specialist recruiter Robert Half said 57 per cent of businesses here have experienced what it termed as "inner resignation", which it said is more common in medium-sized and larger companies than in small ones.

In a statement on Monday, it said that only 33 per cent of chief financial officers and finance directors say their business is not affected by the phenomenon.

Most businesses have strategies to keep workers engaged, it said. Research showed that 67 per cent of businesses use employee appreciation, rewards and recognition to combat inner resignation.

Just under half of companies said they foster open communication and feedback in the workplace, and 47 per cent of companies said they ensure that the job fits the employee.

However, only 35 per cent of companies said they provide personal development and training to fight inner resignation. Only 21 per cent said they promote top employees, while only 14 per cent run internal survey of their employees.

Mr David Jones, senior managing director of Robert Half, said in the statement: "Inner resignation is often overlooked by employers, especially in workplaces where employees are left alone to get on with their job....To reduce the risk of inner resignation, employers need to keep the lines of communication open with their staff so that the employees feel confident they can raise their concerns without fear of reprisals."

His advice for employees who find themselves "mentally absent" is for them to "identify the cause of their dissatisfaction and raise the matter with their employer during their performance review".

"If the issue cannot be resolved, then they are better off seeking a new job than lingering in a role they are unhappy with."

sinsh@sph.com.sg

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