Work-Life Balance: A Central Challenge in Mexico’s Labor MarketBy Cinthya Alaniz Salazar | Wed, 05/04/2022 - 17:39
The OECD ranked Mexico as the country with the worst work-life balance in the world, pointing to serious implications for people’s mental health. Under these circumstances, industry experts are considering the importance of mental health, a new leadership model in the age of digital work and reducing the gender gap in STEM fields.
In the US, over 4 million people quit their jobs in March in response to employers’ demands to return to the office.
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The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that Mexican workers have the worst work-life balance in the world, often working beyond the weekly national limit.
The pandemic exacerbated mental health issues across the globe, sharply increasing rates of depression, anxiety and the feeling of isolation. Businesses stand to benefit from considering their employees’ mental health in their day-to-day decisions, explains Carlos Herrero, CEO, Extrategia de Comunicación y Medios.
“The curious thing is that issues that are not so visible, such as mental health and its different derivations, run the risk of going unnoticed and, therefore, poorly cared for.”
Multinational health care services company Cardinal Health’s César Marrón explains the company’s strategy to assess leadership and drive change. “The McKinsey 7S model is a practical way to assess organizational strength and implement change. This model captures both emotional as well as structural factors of change to provide a complete picture before starting the journey of change.”
“Providing women with personalized opportunities to pursue and thrive in STEM careers helps reduce the gender wage gap, improves women's economic security, ensures a diverse and talented STEM workforce,” writes Marion Benitez, Country Manager, Cumplo Mexico.
Over 4 million employees walked out of their jobs in March in response to the push to return to the office. These employees went in search of remote working opportunities, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.