Women fear they will be labelled a ‘pest’ if they ask for help with career issues

One in five women fear they will be labelled a ‘pest’ if they ask for help with work or for advice on their careers, according to a new study.

The survey, conducted by the app, rungway, found that 20 per cent of women thought they would be considered a nuisance compared to just 14 per cent of men.

Annoyed Business woman - Via Shutterstock
Annoyed Business woman – Via Shutterstock

The company surveyed 2,000 full time workers throughout the UK and also found that 19 per cent said work issues were affecting their sleep on a weekly basis. One in ten also felt like they had no one to talk to or that no one would understand their problem. Workers over 55 were least likely to look for guidance on workplace issues, while younger workers were most concerned about bothering others with their career questions.

Amongst the 25 to 34-age bracket, 18 per cent of those surveyed feared that no one would understand their work issues; 14 per cent felt they had no one to turn to; and 12 per cent were too afraid to ask.

Julie Chakraverty, founder of rungway, said, “It seems there is a lot of variation in people’s approach to managing work issues, but a common thread throughout is that some people are afraid of asking for help and being seen as a pest, even when work issues affect their sleep every week.”

“Actually, ignoring issues can make things worse, and what we’ve see on rungway is that many people around us do want to help and are offering advice regularly.”

rungway is an app that helps people meet, help and receive advice surrounding both work and life.

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