Burnout For Women in the Workplace
April 16, 2023
Alexandra Wade

According to the 4th January 2022 podcast episode of ‘The McKinsey Podcast’, women do more to support employee wellbeing, especially in the corporate sector, but face higher stress levels as a result. It may be believed that almost all cultures of the world enforce certain gender roles, and the roles often assigned to women require them to step up and manage situations when it appears too delicate for men to do so. The term ‘corporate housekeeping’ is used in the podcast which implies that most women take upon themselves to ensure the smooth sailing of the company. Moreover, most women have to deal with domestic chores and household responsibilities after returning home from their full time jobs yet, most women lead projects and work overtime for the company.

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It was reported that during the Covid-19 Pandemic and the work from home situation which resulted from lockdown, it was mostly women leaders who were more accommodating and appeared concerned about the wellbeing of their employees than their male counterparts. In the corporate sector globally, productivity is at an all time high and forty-two percent of women reported being burnt out. That is almost half of the female population, primarily because women are always ‘hanging on’. Women are delivering efficient business results, but at a great personal cost. Despite the burnout, female employees appear to focus more on helping their employees and coworkers and focusing on emotional support.

Due to the additional domestic and emotional housekeeping burdens women have to shoulder, as compared to their male counterparts, almost all women workers are concerned about their evaluations at their jobs. Companies need to reconsider that policy and move towards accommodating women workers and not evaluating all workers on the same scale, regardless of their further responsibilities and expectations. Secondly, companies need to start rewarding the women for the extra work they have undertaken, in order to reduce burnout amongst their female workers.

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