A survey by Group Risk Development (GRiD) has found that female employees are more concerned than their male colleagues about stress related to work (21% vs 18%), debt (18% vs 14%) and long-term illness (14% vs 8%).
However, male employees were marginally more concerned about stress related to home life (14% vs 12%).
Men and women were equally concerned (12%) about their general lack of fitness caused by a non-active lifestyle, while neither were particularly worried about ill-health related to obesity, smoking and alcohol dependence (5%), the survey of 1,165 UK employees revealed.
Katharine Moxham, spokesperson for GRiD said: "I'm sure that these results will surprise some employers and challenge the stereotypes that can be associated with gender in the workplace, for instance with women being more concerned about finances than men, and men more concerned than women about issues relating to home life. With that in mind, it's hugely important that employers do not make assumptions about the health and wellbeing needs of their workforce on gender, or of course, any other basis.
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