“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Question: Is it true that in general, women were disproportionately affected by COVID-19 lay-offs and furloughs?
Answer: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fifty-five percent of the 20.5 million jobs lost in April 2020 belonged to women, making it a she-succession. Sadly, this fact reversed a milestone trend in December 2019, when women held more payroll jobs than men for the first time in about a decade. The good news is that whether you were laid off or decided to leave the workforce to address escalating priorities at home, there are options and choices that may lead to success and satisfaction.
Side hustles, gig work, moonlighting and entrepreneurship bloom out of necessity and creativity. The exhilarating part of doing something on your own is that you’re creating your own reality. Innovation and improvisation lead to adaptation. You’ve heard it before; follow your passion to find your bliss.
Problems lead to Solutions
Our first grandchild was born in 2005, the same year that The Elf on the Shelf tradition went mainstream. Creating creative, inspiring, and fresh format for The Elf to interact with children could be a challenge or an opportunity last year. A woman in Dunedin, Florida came up with a bunch of funny scenarios to enthusiastically engage parents and children on how to have fun with The Elf on the Shelf during 2020. After posting these on social media, other parents asked to buy pre-made kits, and she subsequently prospered to the tune of thousands of dollars just in time for the holidays.
The times, they are a changing. In-person networking isn’t what it used to be pre-Covid. Adaptation and the ability to motivate and educate potential consumers about your service or product requires differentiating your personal brand. The primary purpose may not be on the end result, but rather to help you build and earn trust and illustrate authority on the subject matter at hand. Many are reinventing themselves, so it’s a great opportunity to purposefully discuss what you’re doing with acquaintances as well as tapping into your existing network rekindling relationships.
Work-life balance was already being phased out for work-life blend, and COVID-19 accelerated the transition. Life has become more integrated than ever before. And, according to a study by McKinsey & Company, certain challenges like lack of flexibility, an expectation of always being “on”, and increasing caregiving burdens are more likely to push women out of the workforce than men.
Companies have realized the need to accommodate employees’ growing need for flexibility and have made adjustments in the name of attracting and retaining talent. DuckDuckGo, a search engine and privacy organization, allows employees to work wherever, whenever. Other companies are offering compressed workweeks, reduced work hours and expanded workweeks.
The world became more digital overnight and new skills are needed to succeed. A survey from LinkedIn Learning found that 64 percent of Learning and Development (L&D) professionals reported training employees to fill skill gaps had grown as a priority during the pandemic.
With few exceptions, the pandemic has prompted evaluation of the work-life balance or blend for women and men. If you’re thinking about changing course amidst the pandemic, consider leveraging your passions as inspiration for starting something new. Consider consulting with your CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional as you set incremental goals with your forward progress. Stay focused and plan accordingly.
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