Women feel guiltier about after-hours job communication

Mar 29, 2011

Women are more likely to feel guilty and distressed when work crosses into their home life.

Women are more distressed than men when work interferes with their personal life, according to a recent Canadian study.

Published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the study found that women feel guiltier about engaging in work-related communication while at home, whether it be through emails, text messages or phone calls. Scientists emphasized that while women can deal with work issues just as well as men, it's their reactions that are different. Experts suggest that women want to excel both personally and professionally and may feel guilt or resentment when they are pulled in different directions.

Paul Glavin, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, said the extra stress may encourage health issues in women, a factor that could increase life insurance premiums.

"We are seeing an increasing trend where work is spilling over to home, and as a consequence, if we are seeing women react and experience distress, we could see more accumulating health problems in the future," Glavin said.

The American Institute of Stress reports that numerous studies have confirmed that employment issues are the leading source of stress for American adults. Furthermore, the organization said job stress is more associated with health problems that financial or family issues.

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