How Women’s Health Differs from Men’s Health in the Workplace

We all know that on average women live longer than men. We all know that women and men have different incidences of certain diseases or conditions–for example, men are more likely to be color blind. But when we think of health differences that uniquely affect women in the workplace, most of us would automatically mention “pregnancy” and quit.

However, according to various studies from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Society for Women’s Health Research and other organizations, women are also more prone to many other conditions at work, including repetitive strain disorders (such as carpel tunnel syndrome), respiratory diseases, anxiety and stress. Part of the difference reflects the fact that many more women than men hold insecure part-time, temporary or contingent jobs. Fear over losing their jobs may make women less willing to speak up about conditions leading to workplace injuries, diseases or stress.

In addition, male bosses may be less responsive to the complaints of female workers simply because the male bosses aren’t as affected by those conditions.

Have you noticed a difference at work in the health concerns of men and women? Should companies be addressing this difference? Let us know what you think at Let’s Talk Health Care.

Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Harvard Pilgrim on this sponsored post. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find more ways to be well at HarvardPilgrim.org/CountUsIn and Let’s Talk Health Care.