Addressing The Gender Gap In Employee Burnouts

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Employee burnout is a growing concern, impacting women at a disproportionate rate. Studies show a steady rise in burnout among women, reaching 34% in 2021 compared to 26% for men. The pandemic’s impact on work styles, such as the shift to remote or hybrid work, has amplified this difference. Women often face unique challenges within this new landscape, including changing roles, increased responsibilities at home, and a lack of equitable work distribution.

This rising burnout can have significant consequences, with nearly 40% of burned-out women seeking new jobs and a third taking mental health leave. To address this issue, employers need to take action.

One crucial step is acknowledging the gender gap in burnout and its root causes. Unfair treatment is a major contributing factor. Implementing corporate wellness solutions that promote fair treatment and address systemic biases is essential.

Open communication is another key strategy. Regularly check in with all employees, regardless of location (on-site, remote, or hybrid), to identify potential burnout risks and gather insights on workplace culture. This helps track the team’s well-being and drives meaningful changes.

Finally, consider investing in burnout support programs. By providing resources and addressing the specific challenges faced by women, companies can create a healthier and more engaged workforce for everyone. To learn more, look over the accompanying resource below. 

Brian Farrell is the founder & managing consultant for FIND the CLIENT. He helps business leaders search for skills and solutions that drive growth.