One in two working women feel increased stress due to the pandemic: Survey | India News

The Covid-19 pandemic and remote working is taking a disproportionate toll on India’s working women, with 31% working mothers providing childcare full-time as compared to 17% working fathers. These are the findings of the tenth edition of the Linkedin Workforce Confidence Index. The online professional network conducted the survey of 2,254 professionals between July 27 and August 23.
The findings indicated that the increasing burden of childcare and home schooling was also affecting women’s work. More than 44% working moms work outside their business hours to provide childcare, in comparison to 25% fathers.
Working mothers were also more likely to bear the brunt of distractions from childcare. Only 20% mothers relied on a family member or friend to take care of their children, when compared to 32% men. In addition, over 46% reported working late to make up for work and 42% said they were unable to focus on work with their children at home.
“One factor is balancing office and domestic work – the bulk of the latter being shouldered by women,” Neha Bagaria, CEO, JobsForHer said. “Studies reveal increased participation of men during the pandemic, but women still spend most time caring for children.”
The survey also revealed that the pandemic was having a greater impact on women’s mental health. As many as 47% of working women reported increased stress and anxiety levels, with the figure being 38% for men.

[Source :Times of India]


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