Women more often sick than men
20 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Women are absent from work due to illness on average about 2.5 days per year more than men, representing a sick leave rate of 25 percent more than the male working population, research indicated on Tuesday.
20 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — Women are absent from work due to illness on average about 2.5 days per year more than men, representing a sick leave rate of 25 percent more than the male working population, research indicated on Tuesday.
Research bureau TNO Work and Employment said the greater amount of sick leave among women was not related to workplace conditions, but was instead due to personal health and the household duties.
The research was based on the data of almost 18,000 workers compiled by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), newspaper De Telegraaf reported.
Women were on average sick 12.6 days per year during the period 1997 to 2000, while men were on average absent from work due to illness for 10 days.
"Women experience poorer health. They go to the doctor more quickly," a TNO spokeswoman said.
The difference in personal health contributed 1.6 extra sick days for women compared with men. Women also spend more time on the household chores than men, leading to an extra 1.6 sick days for women compared with men.
But the difference in sick days is reduced because women's work conditions are less taxing compared with men. They work shorter hours than men and the work is not as physically tough. Women also encounter less work pressure, TNO said.
The TNO researchers said the results of the study indicated that the approach to workplace sick leave requires different measures for men and women.
To reduce the sick leave rate of women, TNO urged the government and commercial sectors to ensure that work and private life are better attuned. This includes more flexible holiday arrangements, part-time possibilities and good childcare.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news