Everyone gets stressed out at work, and while my job can be stressful at times, I know it’s not even close to the stress level of many other occupations. For example, nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters, military personnel, paramedics, teachers, social workers, and customer service representatives, the list is long. But no matter what the job is, it turns out that women carry a much heavier load of stress weight than men.
According to CNBC and new research from Future Forum shows that burning out is at a higher rate than ever before. The study spoke to over 10,200 full-time desk-based workers across six countries including the United States. Out of all the people who were surveyed, 42%, a new high for those contending to being over-stressed and burnt out. Less than two years ago 38% of those surveyed said they were suffering from the same stressful feelings, an increase of 4%.
That’s not all, the study also found that there are some people who are at a greater risk of burnout. Those people are women and workers under the age of 30.
According to the study, 48% of 18 to 29-year-olds said they feel drained with the same results shown for 40% of those 30 and older. Almost half or 46% of women reported burnout, with only 37% of men saying that they’re feeling burnout. “Women have reported higher levels of burnout than men for years, a gap that has more than doubled since 2019.”
“Younger millennials and Gen Z were raised with a lot of pressure to be high achievers but are starting their careers in a chaotic landscape”, Denver-based psychologist Debbie Sorensen explained to CNBC. “We haven’t had time to recover from the trauma of what we’ve been through the last few years,” She also shared that “Women and young people, in particular, are putting an immense amount of pressure on themselves to keep going, keep working, no matter the cost.”
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