These are the world's most stressed out cities - Joburg is 18th on the list!

2020-01-31 14:45 - Marisa Crous
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Big city life is not for everyone. And sometimes, with good reason, as bustling hubs tend to come with its drawbacks. Pollution, crime and densely populated spaces to name a few.

However, lots of overtime, a lack of sleep and bad traffic are also massive contributing factors when it comes to overall burnout - the kind which leaves you feeling unhappy and unbalanced. 

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) included 'burnout' in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), and classified burnout as a result of work stress that hasn’t been properly managed.  

A study conducted by Savvy Sleeper, which ranked cities around the world in terms of amount of stress, lack of motivation at work, annual work days, time off from work every year, sleep and traffic, placed our very own Johannesburg as the 18th worst in the world for work-related stress. 

Jozi placed so highly due to its average amount of work hours, lack of sleep experienced by employees and the notoriously bad traffic. A deadly cocktail, indeed. 

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Overall, the results of this study showed Asian cities are highest in the world when it comes to burnout. Tokyo took the top spot on the list, which is not surprising as it's known for its culture of overworking employees, their long hours and lack of holiday leave.

Most Japanese employees consider 99 hours of overtime a month as having a 'strong work-life balance', says Savvy Sleeper. 


Here is the top 18 cities for burnout: 

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Mumbai, India
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Manila, Philippines
  • Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Tapei, Taiwan
  • Los Angeles, USA
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Chicago, USA
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • London, UK
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Beijing, China
  • New York, USA
  • Johannesburg, South Africa

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