About 42.5% employees in the private sector suffer from depression or general anxiety disorder, thanks to demanding schedules, stress and performance linked perquisites, says an Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) study coinciding with the ‘World Health Day’.
The ASSOCHAM study ‘Preventive Healthcare: Impact on Corporate Sector’, reveals that depression is the first hard hit disease observed among the respondents, with 42.5 per cent corporate employees suffering from this lifestyle disease. Obesity was the second hard hit disease observed, with 23 per cent corporate employees suffering from it. High blood pressure (BP) and diabetes are the third and fourth largest diseases with 9 per cent and 8 per cent share respectively. Spondylosis (5.5 per cent), heart disease (4 per cent), cervical (3.0 per cent), asthma (2.5 per cent), slip disk (1 per cent) and arthritis (1.5 per cent) are among diseases that affect corporate employees.
Emotional problems like anxiety and depression have increased by 45-50 per cent among corporate employees in the last eight years, as per the study. The report is based on the views of 1,250 corporate employees from 150 companies across 18 broad sectors like media, telecom and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) etc. The survey was conducted in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabd, Pune, Chandigarh, Dehradun etc.
A little over 200 employees were selected from each city on an average. Delhi ranks first among cities afflicted from depression or general anxiety disorder followed by Bangalore (second), Mumbai (third), Ahemdabad (fourth) Chandigarh (fifth), Hyderbad (sixth) and Pune (seventh).