An important part of our work is our research program and we're pleased to share our latest insights that shine a spotlight on gender equality across workplace mental health.

We explored insights from more than10,000 working Australians, and found that not only are there differences, but the gap is getting larger.

This year's report has provided a unique opportunity to see how workplaces have responded to 2020’s radical, far-reaching changes and the ways in which both genders have been impacted from a workplace mental health and wellbeing perspective.

There is an imbalance between genders and a widening gap which we all need to help change. However, we have also seen several improvements on previous years' results, including some fascinating productivity trends.

In this snapshot titled, Gender Identity Spotlight 2020, we discovered:

  • Workplaces are closer to thriving for men than women across every domain, and the gap is widening.
  • Men working part-time experienced the strongest increase in their overall thriving workplace score, whereas women working casually recorded the weakest gains.
  • Women experienced greater job insecurity and forced reduction in working hours than men during the pandemic, further limiting financial security, both short and long-term.
  • Women’s productivity was more deeply impacted by the pandemic than men’s, both positively and negatively.

Overall, workplaces were mentally healthier for men than women in 2020. The national thriving workplace score of 65.1 has been driven by an increase of 2.8 points for men since 2019 to 65.9 (where 80–100 is considered thriving),whereas, women recorded a smaller increase to 64.2 (up 2.0 since 2019).

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