This is both a “Did you know” and “How can we address this” question that crystalizes the fear some people face in the workplace.
Deloitte commissioned a study that surveyed 5,000 women in 10 countries that found working women are facing a “perfect storm” from pressure at home and at work, due in large part to the pandemic.
Women interviewed shared their feelings about false assumptions regarding hybrid and work-from-home models and their impact on stress. For some, the stress is increased as more is expected of them in both their professional and their personal lives.
Many women report feeling uncomfortable holding discussions focused on burnout and overwhelm with their direct reports. Unintended consequences of remote work include less ‘face time’ with decision-makers, potentially fewer opportunities for advancement, and an increased demand for time spent in the service of others (employers, family, community).
What solutions come to mind when you consider the above?
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As a manager, I found it critically important to be constantly aware of the stress my direct reports were dealing with. Remembering always that every person I meet is fighting a personal battle I know nothing about. Also being transparent about my own workload and stress level helped my teams know they could be open about their problems. Sometimes as a manager I could help, other times I couldn’t, but I could always treat my staff with empathy and respect.