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Indian Working Women Face Higher Burnout Rates Despite Rise in Hybrid Working

Although the work culture in India has evolved over the last few years, women still face higher burnout rates than their male counterparts, says a study by TeamLease Jobs, India’s largest recruitment firm. TeamLease’s ‘Women at Work 2018’ report, which surveyed more than 8,500 working women between 19 and 45 years of age across 15 cities in India, reveals that 60% of women feel burnt out at their workplace and only 36% are happy with their job. 

Is India facing a Burnout Epidemic?

India is facing a burnout epidemic because of the high demands that are put on Indian working women. A recent study found that 46% of Indian women are experiencing burnout at work, which was higher than the average for men and women globally (33% and 29% respectively). The two highest factors were emotional exhaustion and depersonalization.  

Women in India face a number of social pressures that make it difficult for them to balance work with the rest of their lives. For example, they often have to care for children or elderly parents while also managing their household duties. This burden typically falls on women because they are expected to do so as mothers or wives. 

What women are saying about what they see as triggers?

In order to retain women, employers need to change the culture in their offices. This is possible with a few simple tweaks: 

  1. Offer work-from-home days and telecommuting opportunities. -Include a maternity leave policy that includes paternity leave.  
  2. Provide onsite childcare for busy parents who don’t want to bring their children into an office setting.  
  3. Create a family friendly environment by offering flexible hours, flextime, and remote work opportunities. 
What employers need to do?

Employers need to better understand the factors that contribute to their employees’ burnout, and tailor their workplace accordingly. It’s important for employers to create a culture where workers feel valued and have opportunities for growth. And it’s just as critical for employers to provide flexibility in the workplace, such as through telecommuting or remote work arrangements. This can help mitigate the effects of stressors like commuting and office politics, which research has shown increase an individual’s risk of burnout. 

How employees can control their stress levels?

It is important to learn how to control your stress levels. Stress is a part of life, but it is important to take time for yourself and do something that will de-stress you. There are many different ways for you to reduce your stress level, such as taking a walk in nature or going for a run. Another way you can lower your stress level is by focusing on the present moment. It can be very helpful to start each morning with a meditation session because it clears your mind and allows you to start off the day feeling refreshed. 


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