50% Indian working women stressed due to the pandemic

50% Indian working women stressed due to the pandemic

About 50% of working women in India are feeling more stress or anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent survey.


LinkedIn, online professional platform, has announced the findings of the tenth edition of the LinkedIn Workforce Confidence Index based on the survey responses of 2,254 professionals in India, conducted from July 27- August 23.


As per the survey, 47% of women are experiencing more stress or anxiety due to the ongoing pandemic. While for men, this number stood at 38%, pointing towards a disproportionate impact on women in these testing times.


The survey also talks about the challenges of childcare during the pandemic. Nearly 31% of working mothers are providing childcare full time, compared to 17% of working fathers.


Worryingly, more than 44% of working moms are working outside their business hours to provide childcare, nearly twice as many men i.e. 25%.


The data also suggests that working mothers are more likely to bear the brunt of distractions from childcare while men seek support from friends and family as only 20% of working mothers rely on a family member or friend to take care of their children, against 32% of men.


Additionally, more than 46% of working mothers report working till late to complete the work, and 42% are unable to focus on work with their children at home.


Speaking on parenting disparities, Neha Bagaria, CEO, JobsForHer said in the press statement, "One factor is balancing office and domestic work - the bulk of the latter being shouldered by women. Studies reveal increased participation of men during the pandemic, but women still spend most time caring for children."


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