According to Gallup’s World Poll, during 2020, across the globe, employees experienced increased worry, sadness, and anger, with US and Canadian workers reporting the highest rates of daily stress.
In fact, women reported 10% higher levels of stress than men. This finding falls in line with data indicating women still assume primary responsibility for childcare, household duties, and elder care.
Differences in stress levels also varied by generations, with those 40 and under reporting higher levels of stress than those over 40. One possible explanation is older workers may more readily put things in perspective and acknowledge the transient nature of circumstances.
Another reason could relate to the added burden of childcare because of closure of schools and daycare facilities. Lastly, early in their roles or careers, younger workers may have felt more at risk in the workplace.