Women In The Workplace More Anxious Than Males

New research from WorkScore shows the mental health of female employees is worse than their male counterparts. WorkScore analysed data from over 11,000 employee surveys and found some disturbing results.

In particular, women rate themselves as regularly more anxious, more depressed and less able to deal with their problems than men. Key lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise and taking breaks impact mindset for both men and women.

The relationship between diet and mental health is well-understood, and not surprisingly, women who have an unhealthy diet report increased feelings of anxiety and depression. On the other hand, those who have a healthy diet are 24% more able to deal with problems, and are 25% more positive.

Overall, a healthy diet can reduce the impairment caused by a mental health condition by 23%. Specifically, more fruit and vegetables and less sugar will increase positivity and general wellbeing. Eating 5+ serves of fruit per day (compared to 1 serve) increases wellbeing rate by 10% and positivity by 13%. And eating more fruit has a larger impact on women than men. Women in the workplace more anxious than their male colleagues.

Being fit is a great way to improve mindset for both men and women, with those rating themselves as fit reporting 20% less anxiety, 20% less depression and 20% increased positivity. There is also a strong correlation between taking proper breaks at work and a positive mindset. Regular full lunch breaks can decrease anxiety by 10%, and taking short breaks during the day increases positivity by 14%.

The most surprising and unsettling aspect of the data is finding that women who do all the right things to improve their mental health are struggling to match their male counterparts in terms of positive mindset: • Females that take a full lunch break every day only reach the same anxiety score as males who never take a full lunch break. • In terms of depression, females must eat at least 4 serves of vegetables a day to match the rating of males who only eat one serving per day.

While it’s not understood why women have a propensity for greater incidence of mental health issues than men, it is clear that employers can help women in the workplace improve their mindset, positivity and overall wellbeing:

These initiatives will assist in improving the mindset and wellbeing of both men and women in the workplace. But given that women are starting from a lower base, they will show much greater relative improvement.

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Employers interested in understanding the wellbeing needs of their employees should talk to WorkScore about a full wellbeing assessment for in-depth reporting on key areas for intervention and focus. In support of World Mental Health Day, WorkScore is offering a FREE Employee Wellbeing Health Check. Offer available until October 31 2018. For more information visit: https://company.workscore.com.au/wellbeingcheck.html