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Work, wellness and emotions during quarantine: data from the survey by Fondazione Libellula on the different experiences of men and women

A webinar to present the results of the survey: 1 woman out of 3 says she took care of her children, only 1 man out of 100 says the same. Outside of working hours, women were involved in household work, men in entertainment. Many feel tired, apathetic, with concentration disorders and fears.

The quarantine has upset everyone’s lives, but the health emergency is having a different impact on women. This is confirmed by data from the survey carried out by the Fondazione Libellula, active in the fight against violence and gender discrimination.

The results of the study will be presented on Thursday 18 June 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Italian Time, during the free webinar “Women and men in quarantine: work, well-being and emotions”, open to all HR, D&I, Welfare, Marketing or Communication managers of companies, upon registration at the link:

The aim of the survey was to analyse the incidence of the lockdown on the attitudes, behaviours and emotions of men and women, in order to have a snapshot of the moment.

In couples, 1 in 3 women took care of their sons and daughters during quarantine, while only 1 in 100 men said they did the same. Outside of working hours, women said that they were mainly involved in household chores and home care, while men were involved in entertainment.

Half of respondents and interviewees, on the other hand, perceived the workload in smart working as increased, with a relative sense of increased fatigue. Inevitable, therefore, strong psychological repercussions on the majority of the population, especially women.

For women, anxiety, frustration and sadness were among the prevailing emotions in quarantine. And they do not seem to have vanished completely, especially if linked to the world of work: many women think they have to give up their career ambitions; a fear that, on the contrary, does not seem to be widespread among men.

Many, regardless of gender, feel more tired, have experienced apathy and concentration disorders and have a feeling of fear about returning home. For this reason, it is important for companies to identify good practices to take as an example, and to implement policies that will enable them to listen to the needs and demands of men and women in order to build truly inclusive organisations.


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