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Global Study: C-Suite execs experienced more mental health challenges than their employees in wake of global pandemic



• The COVID-19 pandemic impacted workers differently depending on their seniority, generation, and location

• C-Suite execs had a harder time adapting to virtual work than their employees

• Gen Z and Millennials workers are feeling the most burned out

• Employees in India, UAE, China and US struggled the most with mental health at work 

Mental health challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted workers differently depending on their seniority, generation, and location according to a new report by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence, a HR research and advisory firm. The study of more than 12,000 employees, managers, HR leaders and C-Suite executive across 11 countries, found that

C-suite executives struggled to adapt more than their employees, younger generations experienced the most burnout, and that India, UAE, China and the U.S. had the most workers reporting the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health.

C-level executives have struggled the most with adapting to remote work realities and report they are suffering from mental health issues more than their employees, but they are also the most open to finding help in AI.

• C-Suite execs (53 percent) have struggled with mental health issues in the workplace more than their employees (45 percent).

• C-Suite execs also had the hardest time adapting to virtual lifestyles with 85 percent reporting significant remote work challenges including collaborating with teams virtually (39 percent), managing increased stress and anxiety (35 percent), and lacking workplace culture (34 percent).

• C-Suite execs were also 29 percent more likely to experience difficulties learning new technologies for remote work than employees; once they adjusted to the new normal, C-Suite execs were 26 percent more likely to find increased productivity than employees

• C-Suite execs are the most open to using AI for help with mental health: 73 percent would prefer to talk to a robot (i.e. chatbots and digital assistants) about their mental health over a human compared to 61 percent of employees.

• C-Suite execs are 23 percent more likely to see AI benefits than employees; 80 percent of C-Suite leaders noted AI has already helped their mental health at work.

Gen Z and Millennials are Hustlin’ Harder, Suffering More, and Seeking AI Relief

Younger workers are feeling the most burnout due to the mental health effects of the pandemic and are more open to asking AI for relief.

• Gen Z is more likely to be negatively impacted by the pandemic than any other generation. Nearly 90 percent of Gen Z workers said COVID-19 has negatively impacted their mental health and 94 percent noted workplace stress impacts their home life as well.

• Gen Z workers are 2X more likely than Baby Boomers to work extra hours during the pandemic, and Millennials are 130 percent more likely to have experienced burnout than Baby Boomers.

• Younger generations are the most likely to turn to robots for support: Gen Z workers are 105% more likely to talk to a robot over their manager about stress and anxiety at work than Baby Boomers. 84 percent of Gen Z and 77 percent of Millennials prefer robots over humans to help with their mental health.

• Gen Z workers are 73 percent more likely than Baby Boomers to benefit from AI at work: 90 percent of Gen Z say AI has helped their mental health at work and 93 percent want their companies to provide technology to support their mental health.

Just like COVID-19, the mental health crisis has impacted people differently across the world. People in India and China are being hit the hardest and are the most open to AI support, while workers in Italy, Germany, and Japan are seeing less of an impact.

• India (89 percent), UAE (86 percent), China (83 percent) and the U.S. (81 percent) had the most workers reporting the pandemic has negatively impacted their mental health. Workers in China (43 percent) and India (32 percent) are also the most burned out from overwork as a result of COVID-19.

• Italy reported the lowest number of people experiencing a negative impact on their mental health from the pandemic (65 percent). Workers in Germany were the least likely to report that 2020 was the most stressful year at work ever (52 percent).

• 29 percent of people in Japan say they have not experienced many difficulties at all working remotely or collaborating with teams virtually. In contrast, 96 percent of people in India admit it has been challenging to keep up with the pace of technology at work.

• People in China (97 percent) and India (92 percent) are the most open to having a robot as a therapist or counselor. People in France (68 percent) and the UK (69 percent) were the most hesitant.

• People in India and China are 33 percent more likely to talk to a robot than their peers in other countries: 91 percent of Indian workers and 91 percent of Chinese workers would prefer a robot over their manager to talk about stress and anxiety at work.

Despite seniority, generation and geographic differences, people all over the world agree: The pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of the global workforce—and they want help.

• 78 percent of workers say the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health.

• 76 percent of people believe their company should be doing more to protect their mental health.

• 83 percent would like their company to provide technology to support their mental health.

“Diving deep into the differences between demographic and regional groups highlights the significant impact of the pandemic on the mental health for employees in various age groups, roles and regions,” said Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner, Workplace Intelligence. “Amidst the challenges of the pandemic, companies can use this moment as a catalyst for positive change in their organizations. While the pandemic raised the urgency for companies to start protecting the mental health of their employees, the efforts they put in now will continue to create happier, healthier and more engaged workforces in the decades to come.”

“The pandemic put employee mental health in the global spotlight, but these findings also showed that it created growing support for solutions from employers including technologies like AI,” said Emily He, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud HCM. “The way the pandemic changed our work routines makes burnout, stress and other mental health issues all too easy. Everyone has been affected in different ways and the solutions each company puts in place need to reflect the unique challenges of employees. But overall, these findings demonstrate that implementing technology to improve the mental health of employees needs to be a priority for every business.”

Research findings are based on a survey conducted by Savanta, Inc. between July 16 – August 4, 2020. For this survey, 12,347 global respondents (from the United States, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, France, Italy, Germany, India, Japan, China, Brazil, and Korea) were asked general questions to explore leadership and employee attitudes around mental health, artificial intelligence technology, digital assistants, chatbots and robots in the workplace. The study targeted people between the ages of 22-years-old and 74-years-old. Respondents were recruited through a number of different mechanisms, via different sources to join the panels and participate in market research surveys. All panellists passed a double opt-in process and completed on average 300 profiling data points prior to taking part in surveys. Respondents were invited to take part via email and were provided with a small monetary incentive for doing so. Results of any sample were subject to sampling variation. The magnitude of the variation is measurable and is affected by the number of interviews and the level of the percentages expressing the results. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 0.9 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.



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Moose Clothing Company wins award at SLIM Brand Excellence 2020



Hasib Omar, Executive Director/CEO at Moose Clothing Company (second left) with the company’s Head of Sales and Marketing Stefan Schumacher, Head of Supply Chain Vinu Basnayake and Senior Manager Finance Nadeesha Gunawardana.

Moose Clothing Company clinched their first bronze award for “Best New Entrant Brand” category at the recently held SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2020.

Moose Clothing believes in creating clothing that’s loved by all, allowing everyone to embrace and celebrate their unique personalities. Moose Clothing has over time established itself as a versatile brand that creates comfortable quality clothing with the perfect fit. The brand is keen about perfecting every aspect of their clothing and puts in every effort to create a quality garment that will always speak for itself.

Commenting on their marvellous achievement, Hasib Omar, Executive Director/CEO of Moose Clothing Company said, “This is indeed a testimony of our hard work and dedication towards the brand and our customers. At Moose we believe that each customer is unique and our clothing is tailored to match that uniqueness. We entered the market with that in mind and this award is a clear indication that we are on the right track.”

Established in 2018, the brand’s journey is all about celebrating the free-spirited personality of the wearers with versatile clothing that’s suitable for work, dance and play. 

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CSE bounces back; indices pick-up but turnover low



By Hiran H.Senewiratne 

CSE activities bounced back  yesterday following a continued decline in its activities on  previous days.  But the market registered low turnover, fuelling investor concerns, stock market analysts said.

Both CSE indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index went up by  76. 69 points and S and P SL20 rose by 39.03 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 2.07 billion without a crossing.

In the retail market, top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Expolanka Rs. 188 million (4.2 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs. 158.6 million (526,000 shares traded), Sampath Bank Rs. 155 million (one million shares traded), JKH Rs. 145 million (975,000 shares traded) and  Dipped Products Rs. 118 million (2.8 million shares traded). During the day 76.96 million share volumes changed hands in 18746 transactions.

Sri Lanka’s rupee quoted flat at 196.00/197.00 levels to the US dollar in the one-week forwards market on Friday while bond yields remained steady, dealers said. The rupee last closed in the one- week forward market at 196.00/197.00 to the dollar on Thursday.

Sri Lanka expects the GDP to grow between 3.0 to 3.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2021 with the rapid vaccination campaign rolled out giving people more confidence.



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AIA Insurance congratulates Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies



AIA Insurance congratulates the winners of Sri Lanka’s Most Admired Companies 2020, for being recognized not just for their financial performance but also the value they create for their shareholders, customers, employees and the wider community.

AIA commended the 25 companies that were awarded this esteemed accolade- for proving their mettle with consistency, authority and sustainable growth, creating excellent business performance. This was the third consecutive year that AIA was the Platinum Sponsor of the Awards, organized by the International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL) and other affiliated sponsors.

AIA CEO Nikhil Advani commented, “As part of Asia’s leading insurer and Sri Lanka’s Best Life Insurance Company for the 2nd consecutive year (awarded by the Global Banking and Finance Review) AIA’s core philosophy is doing the Right Thing, in the Right Way and with the Right People. We take pride in being associated with this event, which recognizes business excellence and ethics- essentially doing the right thing, the right way for the right results. We place honesty and integrity in the highest esteem and are delighted to celebrate reputed companies that share our values in generating value for their shareholders, customers and the community.”

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