Salt Lake City-As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new research shows that women in Utah are experiencing more burnout than they hoped. Incomes in certain industries have decreased while working hours have increased.
The Utah Women and Leadership Project recently released the data because the epidemic has raged for more than a year, causing deaths, economic crises and mental health problems to residents.
Susan Madsen, founder and director of UWLP, explained: “We need to do certain things in the community to increase hope and reduce (feeling) tiredness.” “Because our burnout is higher than our current hope.”
A total of 3,542 Utah women responded to this survey, exceeding the original target of 2,000 respondents. Tuesday’s report is the first of several upcoming briefings on the impact of the pandemic on women living in Beehive State.
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Madsen does hope that Utah will follow the national trend, but she said that it is important to research specific areas and get information about what is happening in the local community.
She explained: “Knowing our exact location in Utah is much better than just knowing the general situation (in the United States).”
Although Utah reflects some of the same trends across the country, the state does stand out in other regions.
Madsen said: “We are the same in many ways, but different in other ways.”
The data varies from industry to industry, indicating that women working in the construction sector reported the lowest percentage of wage declines, at 5.1%. Approximately 13.6% of construction workers said that their working hours have increased.
Other industries have been affected in the opposite way, with 25% of people in the hospitality and tourism industries reporting that their wages have fallen, while 4.4% reporting an increase in their working hours. A total of 27% of manufacturing industries reported a decline in their income, while 12% of respondents said their working hours increased.
The researcher explained in the abstract: “Because the decrease in salary and the increase in working hours may lead to more mental and emotional stress, this data is aggregated.”
On average, the food service industry’s income has decreased, but working hours have increased, with about 26% reporting a decrease in income and 29% reporting an increase in working hours.
“In terms of the emotions that may be caused by a decrease in income and an increase in working hours, the respondents said that they felt burnout at a higher level than expected in various industries, except for trade, transportation and public utilities, which are equal.” The researchers wrote. “Women in Utah generally say they are exhausted, and at the same time, they have’some’ hope for the future.”
Many women between the ages of 30 and 49 report that they are leaving the labor market to take care of children who are unable to attend school or day care due to the pandemic. Madsen said that companies tend to avoid addressing childcare issues, but pointed out that addressing these obstacles does not necessarily mean establishing on-site daycare facilities.
Even linking employees to parenting resources can help solve these problems and enable women who want to work to re-enter their careers.
Madsen said: “Successful companies will be crumbling. They have done this. Some of the best companies are actually implementing these (flexible) policies.” “Find out what your employees need, do some research, collect data , Analyze your data, and make the necessary changes to move things forward; this is really not rocket science, and changes in the company’s internal policies can happen very quickly.”
The study also pointed to a disturbing finding: 9% of women living in Utah stated that they had suffered domestic violence at home since the pandemic began. For Latino and Hispanic women, this figure jumped to 11%, while white women who felt the same way were 8.7%.
Madsen added: “Many of the women who struggled the most did not take the time to participate in the survey.” “Even in our sample, there are many people, but we know that the percentage may be much higher.”
The data points to a trend that was first reported in March 2020, when police agencies, including the Salt Lake City Police Department, stated that in the first few weeks of the coronavirus-related shutdown, calls related to domestic violence surged. .
Madsen believes that linking victims of domestic violence with appropriate resources, such as the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition, Utah Young Women’s Christian Association, Southern Valley Service, and the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, is critical to solving these problems in the state. important.
“We do need more resources in Utah, but we have some solid basic resources,” Madsen said. “The problem is that many people in situations of domestic violence don’t even know what to do, because they don’t want to admit what happened, they don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to. Therefore, some of the people who need help most actually need people around them. People said, “Hey, can you take a look at this report. Does the report actually define what domestic violence is?” “
Madsen pointed out that raising awareness of the problem itself, educating individuals about the signs of domestic violence, and letting people know of helpful groups is one of the most important things the country can do to solve the problem.
Now that the data are available, what can residents of the state do? Madsen said it’s simple: implement better practices to solve these problems. Madsen said, for example, companies can conduct research and immediately study how to change their business practices to better serve female employees.
She said: “For me, tomorrow is a conversation.” “If they get such brief information, the company can have an accurate conversation.”
For state and local leaders, it is important to take action and find solutions to the local problems faced by residents.
Madsen said that during the implementation of the project, county and city leaders contacted their teams to create data based on the location of the interviewees in order to set benchmarks for the current location of each region in order to improve the problem in the future. There are differences in experience based on women’s residences across Utah. For example, people living in Washington County reported slightly more hope than burnout, while burnout has increased in all other counties in the state, but hope has decreased.
She added that a return plan for adults economically affected by the pandemic, such as the recent implementation of Governor Spencer Cox, is a good way to address the problems exposed by COVID-19. Cox’s executive order aims to remove the obstacles many people may face when trying to re-enter the labor market after suffering from the ongoing economic constraints of the epidemic.
When announcing the plan last week, Governor Deidre Henderson said: “The goal of the return plan is to help experienced adults re-enter the workforce without having to start at the bottom of the career ladder.” “Diversity and life experience are for us. It’s precious and has nothing to do with salary and opportunities in the workplace.”
Meissen said that looking forward to the future, implementing more such programs can indeed help the state develop and solve some of the problems caused by the epidemic, which may have a lasting impact on the state in the next few years.
She said: “Understand the research and the research that will be carried out, and then put these procedures together, they can all work together, so as to really promote things and change things.”
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