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Stress, mental health problems haunt creative and media workers

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya 

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 27, 2018   /   08:22 pm
Stress, mental health problems haunt creative and media workers International Labor Organization says poor work organization is a risk to health and safety when workload exceeds a worker’s capability, resources and ability to cope. (Shutterstock/File)

The International Labor Organization (ILO) and Sindikasi, a trade union for media and creative workers, has expressed concern over work-related stress among employees in Indonesia. 

“Mental health is becoming a rising cause of concern, especially for those who work in the creative and media fields,” Raisya Maharani of Sindikasi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. 

Raisya said based on research by Sindikasi in January, advertising agencies and production houses were among the most stressful workplaces.

“This happens because management policies do not apply a balanced work organization, so they work overtime,” she said. Overtime has become the norm in some workplaces, she said.

ILO said it was a risk to health and safety when work load and hours exceeded worker’s capability, resources and ability to cope.

A dangerous working environment covers not only biological, technical and physical aspects, but also work organization. “Poor work organization becomes the root cause of an unsafe and unhealthy work environment,” said Lusiana Julia, national program officer of ILO in Indonesia. 

In conjunction with the commemoration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28, the ILO in collaboration with Sindikasi is holding the Occupational Safety and Health Festival titled “Safe and Healthy Generation” on April 28 at Gedung Kerta Niaga, Kota Tua, Jakarta.