Women worry more about work

Mar 29 2007 by Brian Amble Print This Article

Women tend to be more satisfied with their jobs than men, but they appear to spend far more time worrying about it.

"Working Life: Employee Attitudes and Engagement", a report by Kingston University's School of HR Management, quizzed some 2,000 people in the UK about their jobs and found that women are less calm and relaxed in the workplace than their male colleagues.

According to co-author Dr Emma Soane, this suggests women are more emotionally attached to their jobs.

Reflecting this attitude, women tended to be more positive about their senior management team than men, with four out 10 (41 per cent) expressing confidence in senior management compared to a third of men.

"This greater level of involvement would explain why some women experience anxiety at work, but also feel positive about their role," Dr Soane said.

"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."

At the same time, however, the study also found that almost three out of 10 women (29 per cent) claimed to have experienced bullying or harassment at work compared with just 19 per cent of men.