Female workers more prone to anxiety

28-03-2007

Female workers more prone to anxiety
Female employees have a greater tendency to feel "tense and worried" in the workplace than their male counterparts.

According to new research commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), one possible reason for women to be more anxious is that there is a greater likelihood that they will be bullied.

The survey, conducted by Kingston University, found that of the 2,000 female respondents, 29 per cent said they had experienced harassment or bullying, a figure ten per cent higher than that reported by men.

A total of 58 per cent of the women surveyed said they were happy with their work-life balance compared to 52 per cent of men and Dr Emma Soane from the University's school of HR management believes this indicates a greater emotional attachment to work.

Commenting on the data, she said: "This greater level of involvement would explain why some women experience anxiety at work, but also feel positive about their role.

"Women are more likely than men to be caring for children or other family members, and the pressure of juggling multiple roles could be the reason why they worry more in the workplace."


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