Ask any person on the street and they’re likely to tell you that work is far more stressful than work.
No so, according to research conducted at Penn State led by Sarah Damaske, Assistant Professor of Labor & Employment Relations Sociology, and Women’s Studies and Research Associate, The Pennsylvania State University of Labor and Employment Relations.
By testing cortisol levels, the bio-marker for stress, researchers determined that cortisol levels are higher for both genders at home rather than at work.
Therapist Julie Nise says roles at work are often clearly delineated while at home you're bombarded with questions of adequacy. Are you the best mom you can be?
“What does a good wife look like?” Julie Nise tells KTRH News. “What does a good husband look like? And with this confusion comes a situation where you have more stress. And then you can distract by going to work where things are more clear cut.”
They found even parents had more stress at home than at the office.
Nise says finding a workable balance isn’t easy.
“Work becomes a distraction of trying to blend families, blend work, all into some kind of workable formula,” says Nise.
Women report being happier at work, while men say they are happier at home.