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India Ranks Second Globally In Employee Wellbeing, Outpaces Japan

India's strong survey performance highlights its commitment to a healthy work environment.

| Published on November 16, 2023

In a recent survey conducted by the McKinsey Health Institute, India has emerged as the second-highest ranked country globally in terms of employee wellbeing. The survey assessed various dimensions of wellbeing, including physical, mental, social, and spiritual health, offering valuable insights into the state of work-related health across the globe.

Japan, known for its long-term job opportunities, faces challenges as employees find it difficult to switch positions, particularly due to the prevalence of short-term contracts. The majority of Japanese workers under such contracts experience dissatisfaction and high stress levels.

Japan’s Struggle and India’s Ascent

The study revealed that Japan, despite its reputation for offering long-term job stability, found itself at the bottom of the global rankings with a meager 25% score. This low ranking is attributed to challenges in the Japanese work environment, including the prevalence of short-term employment contracts and difficulty for workers to explore alternative job opportunities.

Contrastingly, India secured the second position with an impressive 76% score. Indian participants indicated robust scores in physical health (81%), mental health (79%), and social and spiritual health (78%). However, the report also highlighted a concerning aspect – a high burnout rate of 59%, suggesting a need for attention to work-related stressors.

Global Comparisons and Insights

Turkey claimed the top spot globally with a score of 78%, showcasing the importance of a holistic approach to employee wellbeing. China closely followed at 75%, contributing to the rising trend of Asian countries prioritizing their workforce’s overall health.

The survey encompassed responses from 30,000 participants across nearly 30 countries, providing a comprehensive view of the global landscape. It identified key factors influencing employee wellbeing, shedding light on the commonality of issues such as burnout and exhaustion across different nations.

Burnout: A Common Global Challenge

The study found that over 50% of workers globally displayed signs of burnout, a concerning trend that triples the likelihood of employees quitting their jobs. In the 30 countries covered by the survey, 22% of workers reported experiencing burnout symptoms at work. Demographic disparities revealed higher burnout rates among younger workers, those employed by smaller companies, and non-managerial professionals.

Despite India’s well-being dimensions, it recorded the highest burnout symptoms rate at 59%, surpassing Saudi Arabia (36%), Egypt, and Chile (33% each). Cameroon reported the lowest burnout symptoms rate at 9%.

Implications for Employers

The results underscore the critical role employers play in influencing their employees’ physical, mental, social, and spiritual health. Creating a work environment that prioritizes employee wellbeing is not only essential for retaining talent but also for enhancing overall organizational performance.

India’s Strong Performance

India’s noteworthy performance in the survey sheds light on the nation’s commitment to fostering a healthy work environment. The results are particularly significant given the ongoing discourse sparked by Narayan Murthy’s suggestion for young Indians to dedicate 70 hours a week to nation-building efforts.

The renowned tech innovator and Infosys founder received mixed responses to his proposal, with some supporting the idea and others expressing disagreement. This survey underscores the existing dedication of Indian workers, who already log an average of 47.7 hours per week, according to the International Labor Organization.


India’s notable ascent to the second position in global employee wellbeing rankings sends a clear message about the changing dynamics of the modern workplace. As organizations continue to navigate the challenges of a rapidly evolving work landscape, prioritizing employee wellbeing emerges as a strategic imperative. The survey serves as a valuable tool for employers worldwide, offering insights into the factors that contribute to a healthy and productive workforce.

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