ERIC Number: ED401496
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Women and Work-Place Stress. ERIC Digest.
Long, Bonita C.
With North American women joining the work force in record numbers, the effect of employment on women's well-being is gaining attention. This digest examines various stressors affecting women in the work world and some actions companies can take to alleviate these stressors. While some studies show that work has detrimental effects on some females, other studies point to the beneficial health benefits work may provide for women. In general, women who work seem to be better off than women who do not work. Most women are employed in a limited number of occupations and many of these jobs have little autonomy and low pay. Likewise, the lack of career progress and job mobility contribute to women's stress. New programs and education may help to relieve these conditions. While organizations recognize the costs of stress to women, researchers have suggested a wide range of strategies aimed at preventing or eliminating women's experience of work stress. Some of these suggestions include pay and benefit equity for women, elimination of occupational segregation, producing a bias-free job evaluation program, supporting educational opportunities for women, and providing more job flexibility for women and men to better manage work home conflicts. (RJM)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.; Canadian Guidance and Counselling Foundation, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada