Telecommuting, worse for women than for men?

With an economic and socio-health reality that seems to have regressed by Covid-19, Spain is currently in its worst recession since the Spanish Great Depression of the 1930s.

This situation does nothing other than to force the Spanish government to increase restrictions and ask companies to maintain certain labor measures to alleviate contagion between citizens, to implement telework as much as possible.

This employment alternative, which offers so many advantages to workers such as family reconciliation and economic and temporary savings among others, particularly affects women, since the pandemic recession has caused them to lose more jobs than men. because they mainly belong to the strongly affected sectors where teleworking is not possible, the hotel industry and the retail trade.

Globally, the data is illuminating, the job loss of women by Covid-19 is 1.8 times greater than that of men, since they also occupy other sectors where this staff predominates and where work is not not designed in remote, food service and personal care.

In the same way and according to a study carried out by the job site, in addition to suffering this damage, they are also particularly affected by the limitations of service jobs or by the closure of schools or nurseries. In fact, there is a big difference between the number of women and men who have had to quit their jobs or reduce their working hours to care for their children. The percentage of these is six points higher, with a particular incidence among mothers of young children or without partners or parents.

This situation particularly affects this group who, in addition to being faced with a limited job offer, must combine, if they work, multiple family responsibilities during the pandemic.

What harm does teleworking have for women?

While it is true that the coronavirus pandemic has left women more unemployed, the flexibility of this work alternative has allowed another party to continue in their job or find a new one.

But all is not positive, flexible working usually leads to lower pay and is not common in high-level positions, both limiting women’s opportunities in this environment and leading to job uncertainty that can trigger anxiety.

In contrast, women who telework and have their children at home experience more interruptions than workers who are in the office. This generates an accumulation of stress and a lack of concentration which disrupts the proper performance of work tasks and forces them to use more hours of work to achieve the set goals.

These interruptions, in addition to increasing the working day, lead to irritability, a negative emotion that blocks the individual and conditions them on an empathic and nervous level. This tendency results in inefficient performance of work tasks and can lead to conflicts that jeopardize the continuity of work.

This collection of damages places women and in particular remote workers with dependent children, in a work context where the supply of labor is scarce, family responsibilities make it difficult to perform professional tasks. and which puts health at risk. people employed to work from home.

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