A global survey of women at work, published by Deloitte, has gathered views to better understand how women’s experiences in the workplace impact their engagement and career prospects.

The findings of Women @ Work 2022 have pointed to a worrying long-term impact, with many women burned out and experiencing mental health challenges, yet feeling uncomfortable about sharing their views with their employer. Harassment and microaggressions at work are also on the rise and often go unreported due to fear of reprisals from speaking up.

Women face burnout

More than half (53%) of respondents said they are more stressed than a year ago, and almost half (46%) report feeling burned out. Only 43% feel comfortable talking about mental health challenges, while 44% say they get adequate support.

Focus on misalignment

The report concludes that with burnout becoming the top reason why women want to leave their jobs, employers need to focus on why there is misalignment between an individual’s expectations and reality. Education and practical tools, along with an appreciation of workload and recognition, are key in addressing the mental health challenges women experience in the workplace.

Companies also need to instil an inclusive and respectful culture where women feel able to report non-inclusive behaviours without judgment. Failure to address concerns can undermine organisations’ gender-equality ambitions.

Global views

For its Women @ Work 2022 report, Deloitte sought the views of 5,000 women across 10 countries and sectors between November 2021 and February 2022.

Countries surveyed: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, UK and US.