More than half of Swiss workers report feeling ’emotionally exhausted’

More than half of all employees in Switzerland feel emotionally exhausted, while three out of ten suffer from stress.

More than half of Swiss workers report feeling 'emotionally exhausted'
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The figures come from the job stress index, compiled by monitoring group Health Promotion Switzerland, who has put together the findings annually since 2014. 

The number of emotionally exhausted Swiss rose slightly from 2019 to 2020. 

The study found that almost a third of Swiss workers felt stressed out, up from a quarter when the study began in 2014. 

The impact of stress was especially pressing for younger people – between the ages of 16 and 24 – of whom 52.18 percent said they suffered from stress. 

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According to the study, approximately 7.6 billion Swiss francs is lost every year due to stress in Switzerland. 

The researchers note that the study was completed from February to March 2020, before the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic were felt. 

As noted by the authors “a follow-up measurement in 2021 for the same people is already being planned and will be able to show the impact relatively clearly after a year of pandemic.”



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Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Switzerland has made reciprocal agreements regarding working holiday visas with several countries. Here's what you need to know.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

Over the past few decades, countries around the globe have rolled out ‘working holiday visa’ agreements.

These visa schemes, largely targeted at young people, allow people to work and live in a particular country, usually for a set period of time and pursuant to certain conditions.

In recent years, Switzerland has expanded its own form of a ‘working holiday visa’, although there are some important differences to be aware of.

Unlike some of the better known schemes like those in place in Australia, applicants are discouraged from moving around and are generally required to stay with the one employer for the duration.

The goal of the visa scheme is to allow applicants to “expand their occupational and linguistic skills in Switzerland”.

The visa scheme runs for 18 months and cannot be extended.

Which countries does Switzerland have working holiday visa agreements with?

The agreements are made between countries, meaning your fate will depend on whether your government has at some point struck a deal with Switzerland.

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If you are from the European Union or an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland), then you will be able to live and work in Switzerland as is – and will not need to go through this process.

If you come from outside the EU, you will only be able to apply for this visa if you are a citizen of the following countries:

Australia, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United States.

What does ‘reciprocal’ mean in this context? 

Where these agreements have been struck, they have entitled citizens of both countries to certain rights and permissions in the other country. 

However, while these arrangements might be reciprocal, they are not identical. 

For instance, while citizens of Australia can enter Switzerland and work, the rules for Swiss citizens in Australia are significantly different. 

Therefore, if considering each program, be sure to study all of the relevant details as these will change from country to country and from agreement to agreement. 

More information is available at the following link. 

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