Considering a career change during the pandemic? The US Department of Labor estimates that 11.5 million workers quit their jobs from April through June of this year, a mass exodus from the workforce also known as the “Great Resignation” or the “Big Quit”. Workers are not simply quitting though – they’re changing their career expectations and putting greater emphasis on fair wages, working conditions, and career satisfaction. With the pandemic changing our world and our relationship to work, many of us are refocusing our priorities when it comes to our jobs, a phenomenon called “COVID clarity”. How can you use this time to your advantage and determine if it’s time to make a change? Ask yourself the following questions to do a career check-in!
Role Strain are the difficulties that arise when our job imposes conflicting demands or expectations
Example: A worker deciding what task to complete first
Stress within an assigned role
Role Conflict is a situation where expectations across domains of life are incompatible
Example: A working mother deciding between a parent-teacher conference and a mandatory work meeting
Clashing demands across roles