Women more likely to suffer work burnout

Women are more prone to work burnout than men, new research suggests. Exhaustion in the workplace is common among both men and women but a new study has revealed an alarming difference in the rates at which it is suffered between the sexes. Following 2,026 people half of whom were women in a wide variety of workplaces for four years, researchers from Montreal University analysed participants’ emotional exhaustion, cynicism and professional effectiveness. It discovered that women were more likely to suffer work burnout than men. Why? Because they are less likely to be given positions of power, which causes them to become overwhelmed with frustration. “Our results show there are differences between men and women because, from the outset, employees are subject to different working conditions depending on their gender,” said study author and professor of population health, Dr Nancy Beauregard. “Many women have positions that offer little latitude in decision-making, meaning their work only provides them with a low level of authority and makes little use of their skills. This type of position, which men are less likely to hold, causes women to burn out,” she said. The research also revealed that along with not having enough authority at work, low self-esteem, difficulties balancing work and family life, and work encroaching on time spent on loved ones, can all lead to burnout in women. It can cause headaches, a feeling of helplessness and immune disorders.