Burnout drives people to quit their jobs, according to a survey by The Hartford. Women who face remote work and household chores are more at risk than men | Business


Women in the workforce, especially mothers facing remote work responsibilities, face burnout at a much higher rate than men, the Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. reported on Monday in a report. recent poll.

A July survey by The Hartford found that 68% of women in the workforce report burnout, compared to 52% of men. The 16 percentage point gap widened from nine points in a February survey.

“This high level of burnout and the growing gap for women should alarm business leaders,” said Jonathan Bennett, Benefits Manager at The Hartford. “The need for flexibility in the workplace has never been greater as the lines between work and home continue to be blurred amid the pandemic.”

The Hartford cited recent research by McKinsey that found working mothers in particular struggling with household responsibilities and the challenges of remote working.

American workers who said they were exhausted were also more likely to look for another job, according to the national survey. Among workers who say they are “extremely likely” to look for a new job in the next six months, 55% say they “always feel exhausted” and 16% say they “often feel exhausted”.

The Hartford survey found that 37% of American workers are likely to look for a job in the next six months, with better pay as the main reason. According to the survey, career growth and promotion and improved benefits such as more flexible hours and a better company culture are the other main reasons.

“The pandemic has changed the workplace – including the hiring landscape – and has once again elevated benefits and a flexible work culture as essential elements in attracting and retaining talent,” said Bennett said.

To help tackle burnout, U.S. workers polled said they wanted their employers to offer more paid time off, a condensed four-day work week, flexible hours, remote work options, mental health days in the workplace and a lighter workload.

The Hartford said its claims data shows that untreated mental health and substance abuse disorders can lead to absences and prolonged disability.

A national online survey was conducted in the United States of approximately 2,000 adults aged 18 and over, including 966 respondents employed full time and part time. The research was conducted July 27-30 and the margin of error is plus or minus 3%.

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