Work-related stress is common among women
Most people are probably familiar with this problem: Our work can lead to stress. Researchers have now found that women suffer much more from work stress than men. This is due, for example, to sexism in the workplace, existing family responsibilities, a lack of support and unequal wages.
Physicians and psychiatrists have found in various studies that women suffer more from stress at work than men. The resulting stress often causes anxiety and depression in the women concerned.
Women aged 35 to 44 are particularly stressed
Official figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that women aged 25 to 54 suffer more from stress at work than male colleagues. This stress peaks at the age of 35 to 44 years. At this age, most women have a significantly higher burden. In addition to the stress at work, there are also duties in the family, such as bringing up pubescent children and caring for their own parents. Many women feel drained from the double burden of work and family, explains psychiatrist Dr. Judith Mohring opposite The Guardian magazine.
Women experience additional pressure in the workplace
Then there is often the strain at the workplace. Women often suffer from additional career pressures and sexism at work, the eyperten say. The experts also explain that wages, which are often unequal, intense pressure to restructure the company and a lack of support from management make women's working lives more difficult. Women often feel that they have to prove that they are as good as their male colleagues in their job, says psychiatrist Dr. Mohring.
Stress particularly high for female management
Female managers in male-dominated areas sometimes find the strain of their work unbearable. The overall stress was increased even more because the families of the women were even more dependent on the income earned. Dr. Mohring is now asking companies that women need more flexible work and better protection of their careers. In addition, the work must offer better career opportunities.
Companies should offer work from home
If companies and organizations want their talented employees to be less stressed, they should rethink concepts such as working from home. Such a concept would be an important step forward, explains Dr. Mohring.
Problems in the working life of women
Women are also often unhappy because they receive lower wages than their male employees. A lack of potential for career advancement and general job insecurity often lead to problems. Endemic uncertainty is inherent in many jobs, and women often bear the brunt, the expert adds. Restructuring the workplace poses a disproportionate risk to many women. Many changes in the organization of the workplace lead to increased stress instead of increased productivity. This fact itself is counterproductive.
Men have a significantly lower workload rate
From the age of 25, women feel significantly more stress than men. This effect then runs through her entire working life. Men aged 16 to 24, 25 to 34, and 35 to 44 have significantly lower workload rates. Those with the highest rates were men aged 45 to 54 years. But this rate is not statistically significant.
Career choice of women influences stress factor
Women aged 25 to 34 years, 35 to 44 years and 45 to 54 years all had a higher workload than average. This could also be due to the occupations of women. Women work more often as teachers or in nursing. The professions and industries with the highest workload are in the health and public sectors of the economy.
Effects of stress, depression and anxiety at work
Work-related stress, depression and anxiety caused 37 percent of work-related illnesses and around 45 percent of absenteeism between 2015 and 2016, a further study by the Health and Safety Executive showed. The numbers are based on the Labor Force Survey, which interviews 38,000 households quarterly. The survey is the government's primary employment database. Around 200,000 men have reported work-related stress on average over the past three years. In comparison, 272,000 women suffer from work-related stress. This means women are approximately 1.4 times more likely to experience stress, anxiety, and depression, The Guardian reports. (as)