Over a quarter of Swiss employees are stressed to critical levels. In 2018 Health Promotion Switzerland (Gesundheitsförderung Schweiz / Promotion Santé Suisse) reported that the productivity loss caused by the critical stress levels costs CHF6.5 billion/year (USD 6.6 billion/year), or a full percent of Switzerland's GDP. Absenteeism (5.5%) and Presenteeism (15.6%) among the 16-24-year-old population are at 21.1%. Absenteeism is discussed much more often, even though absenteeism is three times higher.
News outlets use the term burnout to generate a lot of clickbait, the now medically coined term burnout is popular and generates a lot of clicks. With this comes the dangers of these outlets publishing fluff articles to get users to click on the site and generate ad revenue for them. On the positive side these articles often give good lifestyle advice to healthy people on how to reduce the chance of getting ill, but if you are seriously already suffering from illness don’t think for one second that these recommendations will be the cure. Burnout (exhaustion depression) is a serious medical condition that can have dire consequences when not treated professionally.
A Gallup survey found that on average Americans work 47 hours per week. Entrepreneurs frequently work more than that, which can lead to physical and emotional strain.
Starting a new business is exciting, but eventually, the honeymoon phase will be over. Daily stress and repetitive work will take over; everyday responsibilities can begin to wear one down and can become overwhelming.
If you start to notice symptoms such as chronic fatigue and exhaustion, irritability and decreased productivity, problems concentrating, and many more such symptoms, it may well be a sign of an early onset of burnout.
Certain factors today still limit eHealth’s full potential. The article argues that the factors are present for both genders, but in many countries, these factors have a bigger impact on women. The factors presented are: Macro-barriers, such as infrastructure, mostly the lack of broadband in rural areas. Personal barriers such as the cost of available infrastructure, often one needs a smartphone with mobile network subscription. Digital and health literacy, first people need to know how to use these IT systems. Next, they need to understand the health-related information, for example, is a blood pressure of 120 over 80 good or bad. Resistance to change, people tend to resist change for this people need to be motivated to accept new eHealth solutions, sadly the best motivator isn’t prevention, rather motivation arrives after the illness. Data collection, systems need to be built secure and need to ensure that they are secure and clearly state what the data will be used for and how and by who it will be accessed. The article argues that a gender-sensitive approach should be taken in the rollout to reach men and women equally.
We would argue that a gender-sensitive approach should already be considered at the product concept stage, what color and design is used, what language is used, how people navigate the interface, and so on.
resilient and Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne were presenting the poster below at Personalised Health Technologies and Translational Research Conference 2018 at ETH Zurich.
The Universities of Applied Sciences in Bern and Zurich conducted a three-year (2014-2016) study and discovered, that a quarter of all Swiss employees are stressed and exhausted. It's important to note that absenteeism is only the tip of the iceberg, on-the-job inefficiencies caused by high-stress cost twice as much as absenteeism costs.