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Study: Women Assigned "the New Office Housework"

Here's why so many women are considering leaving the workforce

As the pandemic stretches into its 18th month, the burnout that comes with a surge in coronavirus cases and uncertainty about returning to the office has pushed many employees to their limits. New data from Lean In and McKinsey & Company, however, shows that the gap between women and men who feel burned out has nearly doubled — and that disparity is driving more women to consider downshifting their career or leaving the workforce altogether.

In its annual “Women in the Workplace” report, Lean In and McKinsey & Company found that one in three women has considered changing or leaving her job in the past year, compared with one in four women who were surveyed in 2020. While both men and women are reporting higher rates of burnout this year compared with last year, the gap between men and women who feel overwhelmed has nearly doubled: 42 percent of women and 35 percent of men say they are burned out, compared with 32 percent of women and 28 percent of men last year.

"It's really concerning," Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of, said to CNBC's Make It. "Women are continuing to do a disproportionate amount of housework and child care throughout the pandemic compared to men, but on top of these obvious drivers of burnout, we see that women are taking on more work in the office around employee well-being, as well as advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts, which means their workloads just going up and up and up."

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