Report charts impact of stress on wellbeing for women in tech

Over three quarters of women in tech are suffering from burnout, according to a new survey, which also shows how lack of role models holds women back.

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More than three quarters of women in technology (76%) have experience of burnout and varying degrees of sleep deprivation (75%), while 69% are experiencing job dissatisfaction, according to a new study by everywoman and Bupa.

Women currently make up 26% of the tech workforce. The report uncovers a number of barriers to the wellbeing of women in technology. Imposter phenomenon and the female role model deficit were identified as the top barriers to women’s success, leading to self-doubt and a sense of isolation. The report says a deficit of role models particularly hinders women’s access to mentorship and guidance, exacerbating the challenge of navigating an industry in which they are underrepresented, which profoundly impacts wellbeing.

The report also identifies the diverse gender-specific challenges compounding women’s wellbeing. Among these, the report stresses work-life balance difficulties, lack of workplace inclusivity and the gender pay gap as critical, with 38%, 36%, and 34% of the over 1,400 respondents, respectively, citing them. These challenges are coupled with limited advancement opportunities and gender bias in hiring.

Another barrier is the difficulty women have accessing leadership roles due to entrenched biases and a lack of sponsorship – a barrier that becomes more stubborn as women progress up the ladder. The report says this ‘glass ceiling’ effect results in many qualified women being sidelined, with gender bias in hiring, including unconscious bias and stereotyping of women’s technical abilities, further skewing opportunities and perpetuating gender imbalances within tech teams.

Additionally, 85% of women over 25 said learning and development was important to their job satisfaction and when contemplating continued employment with a company. Job dissatisfaction was a factor in some degree for 69% of respondents and highlighted ongoing learning as another area of contention.

Maxine Benson, Co-Founder of everywoman, said: “Empowering women in tech goes beyond just opening doors; it’s about creating an environment where their wellbeing is prioritised — a necessity if we require our tech workforce to keep up with the relentless pace of innovation.”

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