A global report suggests twenty-something women tend to burn out faster than their male counterparts. Is there any substance to back this claim? Let’s take a look.
A McKinsey study shows that women account for 53% of corporate entry-level jobs, but only 37% hold mid-management roles. That number drops to 26% for vice presidents and senior managers, indicating a major gender disparity higher up the corporate ladder.
Only 11% of women choose to leave the workplace permanently to have children, the other reason for this gap can be traced to sky-high expectations that employers place on their employees.
Some research interviews suggest that high expectations can also be self imposed by women on themselves. A strong will to compete with peers generally motivates them to go all-out in their jobs. They invest a lot more than office hours for their job, juggle with household work and generally experience work overload due to the complexity of tasks.
Another huge reason for burnout among women in their 20s is due to the level of connectedness expected by companies. Due to productivity management applications such as Asana, Trello, Slack, WhatsApp, etc. No employee is truly offline. And this, in turn, means that more and more millennial women are taking work home. The balance between work and play is fragile, and millennial women are losing it.
An American study that studied the attrition rates among media houses found that women journalists are burning out faster their male counterparts. The research reported that women reported to higher levels of overload and intention to leave the field.
But many twenty-something burn out at around age 30 because they are essentially unhappy in their jobs and don’t see or set a clear career path. Several women, post-breakdowns, have admitted that only intense passion for the work they are doing helps them sail through difficult times at the workplace.