Employee Development Service of HKCS and Four Dimensions Consulting Limited launched the 'Employee Assistance Programme' (EAP) to provide physical and mental health services to employees. From 2011 to 2022, they conducted the 'Hong Kong Employees Physical and Mental Health Survey', interviewing 627 service users to understand employees' overall well-being. A press conference was held on 20 June to raise public awareness of improving staff’s physical and mental health.
The survey found that over half of respondents experience poor physical and mental well-being; nearly 40% experienced 'very high work stress', and almost 20% 'considered suicide or self-harm'. EAP has improved their physical and mental health, work performance, and workplace relationships. Nearly 60% showed significant physical and psychological well-being improvement after receiving the EAP service. Therefore, we recommend the Government subsidise SMEs to implement EAP, employers train staff as 'Mental Health First Aiders' in the workplace, and employees equip themselves with knowledge and ways to improve physical and mental well-being.