Achieving Occupational Wellness: A Counsellor’s Perspective


Hello readers, I was always curious to know how many people on this planet feel joy in the work that they do or perhaps a study course that they are in. After I found out that amongst the people that I know in Singapore; less than a handful were truly content.

“I’m not happy with my boss”, “I don’t like the way how they expect me to do my work”, “It’s pointless, I’m not sure what I am doing, I’m not learning nor applying any of my good abilities” – these are some real thoughts that go through many individuals’ mind every single day.

In a recent study carried out by human resource software developer, Employment Hero, it presented that about 48% of 1,000 Singaporeans are unhappy and dissatisfied with their work. This has brought Singaporeans up on the rankings of most unhappy workers (Wong, 2021).

For students, it was recorded in 2019 that 78 percent of Singaporean students agreed or strongly agreed that they had doubts about their future, due to their failures in studies. This study carried out by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) showed that there was a high fear of failure, that caused barriers for students to protect themselves and avoid challenging situations in life.


It is evident that many working adults, and students in Singapore lack occupational wellness. The sadness, anger, disappointment and fear create hurdles in life. When negative emotions are starting to fill the individual, it could result in avoidance, denial, resistance, unwillingness, lack of motivation, and hopelessness. This causes disequilibrium in their psychological state and mental ill-being.

Besides Singapore, many countries, such as Thailand, South Korea, Japan, China, the United Kingdom, do face very similar issues. Career switches are very common these days, hence we are in the period of the “Great Resignation”. For these individuals, it is really about changing their career for a better purpose in life. Perhaps you may have met or know someone who has made such a transition.

What are some approaches that you can integrate to maintain a good occupational wellness routine in your life?

  • Engage yourself in work that you feel motivated in.
  • Explore if it is possible to find a job that is of interest to you.
  • Work in a way that suits your personal learning style.
  • Communicate and collaborate with others amicably.
  • Have the ability to work independently, and as a team player.
  • Have openness to listen to suggestions and share your views when needed.
  • Learn new skills, and expand your knowledge to advance your occupational wellness goals.
  • If you feel half-hearted about your current job, find the benefits and focus on the positivity.
  • Obtain a good work-life balance.

If you notice yourself reading these tips and asking, OK, I’m ready but I don’t know how to do them. How do I actually take the step towards achieving a work-life balance, or how do I take steps towards learning better communication skills? Fret not, that’s where we come in!

Our counsellors, coaches and psychologists at A Kind Place are here to help support you in exploring your strengths and maximising them at your best potential. Companies who wish to retain their employees and improve their well-being can engage in our corporate wellness programs. Let us guide you in how you can gain overall wellness and improve the quality of your life. Email us at: or WhatsApp us here to find out more.

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Wong, D. J. (2021). Singaporeans are the world’s unhappiest workers, survey finds: No fun at work. Mashable S.E.Asia.

Wong, P. T. (2019). 3 in 4 Singapore students fear failure, higher than global average: OECD study. Today Online.