Women face alarmingly high levels of burnout despite shifting work arrangements: Report

Women face alarmingly high levels of burnout despite shifting work arrangements: Report


Stress, burnout, and limited advancement opportunities are driving women away from their employers, found Deloitte's Women @ Work 2022 report.


The research reveals that 56% of women say their stress levels are higher than they were a year ago, and almost half feel burned out. This burnout is a top factor driving women away from their employers: nearly 40% of women actively looking for a new employer cited it as the main reason. More than half of those surveyed want to leave their employer in the next two years, and only 9% plan to stay with their current employer for more than five years.

Representing the views of 5,000 women across 10 countries, including 500 in India, the research shows worrying long-term impacts as rates of stress and experiences of harassment or microaggressions remain high. The survey also illuminates troubling findings about the "new normal" of work, as almost 61% of women working in hybrid models (arrangements that include any combination of remote and in-office work) report they have already felt excluded.

"While the hybrid model has been touted as a best-of-both-worlds scenario, giving people the comfort of working from home and the connectedness of working from the office, the survey tells us that women professionals seem to be facing the disadvantages of both instead, with year-on-year increases in caregiving responsibilities and stress levels, as well as a higher likelihood of experiencing microaggressions during hybrid working. It's time for all organisations to walk the talk when it comes to support structures and growth mechanisms for women professionals if they are to prevent loss of diversity of thought, crucial for balanced decision making," says Mohinish Sinha, Partner and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leader, Deloitte India.



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