Wah Lao So Many Want To Quit?

Last week, the hashtag #underhappy topped the charts on Twitter after an online poll showed workers here scoring 59 out of 100 for workplace happiness.

It appears the problem may be worse than it seems.

Google’s Keyword Planner tool reveals that 500,000 people have searched the term “resignation” in the past 12 months, with the peak taking place in March.

We can only infer that many want to quit their jobs, and want to make sure they do it correctly. Singapore is a small country, after all.

Singapore Is A Great Place To Work, Right?

The latest survey by HSBC shows Singapore as the second most desirable location for foreigners to work and live in, behind Switzerland but ahead of China.

34 countries are included in the survey. Singapore tops in the areas of satisfaction with host economy and setting up. This screenshot “sells” our country pretty well, but it caters to foreigners as locals aren’t satisfied with their jobs here.

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The Responses On Social Media

Youtuber Tan Jian Hao also caught wind of the issue, commenting on some of the “problems” Singaporeans have that make them unhappy.

The hashtag has since garnered more attention, with people highlighting their trivial problems instead of addressing the issue. Others, however, address the specific difficulties that make Singaporeans incredibly unhappy:

So Why Are Singaporeans Un(der)happy?

Once in a while, this issue surfaces, especially when international media covers that Singaporeans are the unhappiest people in the world. With pressure to live out surrogate dreams and the increasing cost of living, one may usually feel like there is no way out of this cycle. It looks like Singaporeans are changing their lives by opting out of the system, at least according to this Google search.

People are learning that they shouldn’t be unhappy all their lives, but many who can escape the daily grind are privileged enough to do so. People are doing the best they can in a broken system, and here’s hoping that Singapore won’t be the unhappiest country in the years to come.


With reference to e27, Nikkei Asian Review, SWI
Image via Google Keyword Planner, Nikkei, HSBC
Featured image via Wikipedia