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Over 95% workers at risk of burnout due to unfair treatment by peers

Four in 10 employees said they experience unequal treatment.

More than nine in 10 Hong Kong employees are at risk of burnout in 2022 due to unfair treatment and lack of competitive rewards, making it the highest among markets in Asia, asset management firm Mercer said.

About 40% of employees said they deal with unequal treatment from their peers whilst 35% complain that they are not being rewarded fairly for the amount of work they’ve done.

The study also found that one in four executives and human resource leaders in the market see employee burnout as a threat to transformation.

Yan Jiejun, Mercer’s head of talent and employee experience, career consulting in Hong Kong, said firms in the market are “more traditional” compared to other markets when it comes to favouring compensation and benefits.

“Although employees are drawn to new, flexible work models as a result of the pandemic, they are fundamentally still driven by rewards and it is encouraging to see employers taking active steps such as moving to skills-based pay, to ensure their compensation packages remain fair and competitive,” added Yan.

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