As the pandemic closes out its second year, many businesses have had to work harder than ever to continue to be successful or regain losses. And this means that workers, who already bear personal stress from the pandemic, are continuing to grind in the strange new work world that has asked many employees to do more with less. 

A recent survey by the Conference Board reveals that 57% of workers say their mental health has degraded since the start of the pandemic. The driving factor behind this decline: their workload. In fact, work pressures are so great that half of respondents say work demands are taking a bigger toll on their mental health than COVID-19.

What’s more, the survey reveals a stark gender divide. Women are disproportionately suffering from work-related pressures – at more than 1.5 times the rate of their male counterparts. This is likely due to the combined pressure of work and home life.

More than three quarters (77%) of respondents list concerns like stress and burnout as one of their biggest well-being challenges at work; that’s compared to a little over half (55%) reporting mental well-being concerns six months ago. Despite the long-lasting pandemic, concerns over mental health are nearly double those of physical health (77% vs. 40%). And substantially more women (82%) than men (68%) report mental health as their biggest concern. 

Half of respondents (50%) report that “pressure related to workload” harmed their mental health. Women (56%) and Millennials (60%) report their mental health suffered from workload pressure compared to men (37%), Gen X (53%) and Baby Boomers (39%).

This difference is in part due to blurred boundaries between work and personal life, which were more frequently reported by women (48%) and Millennials (54%) than men (34%), Gen X (47%) and Baby Boomers (32%). 

But worries over COVID-19 itself also persisted. Thirty-seven percent of overall re...