More women managers report burnout than men

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Stock image of a female worker (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Peter van der Sluijs). (Stock image of a female worker (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Peter van der Sluijs))

Roughly 14 percent of women working in management positions reported being burnt out in 2015, a report published by Statistics Netherlands reveals. The National Working Conditions Survey also showed that about ten percent of men suffer from burnout.

Symptoms of burnout include feeling emotionally drained, empty, tired in the mornings, exhaustion, and the need to muster up energy to work with others.

Female managers were more likely to complain of having a lack of autonomy. While 92 percent of male managers say they can make their own decisions, 83 percent of women say the same. Men were also more likely to determine the speed of their work, and were far more likely to take leave on their own schedule. Over 72 percent of men said they could choose their vacation time, compared to under 59 percent of women managers.

Statistics Netherlands partially attributes the lack of autonomy to the over-representation of women in hospitality and education. “Autonomy is relatively low in those sectors,” the report stated.

The study also showed that more women than men experience having to accomplish a great deal of work, often very quickly, and “extremely hard.”

About 13 percent of all workers claimed burnout in 2015. Roughly 11 percent of all personnel in management also reported experiencing the condition.

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