Is All Well in the “State of Work”?
By Patricia Greene, PhD, Director, Research and Insights, Uplevyl
In many ways, COVID-19 was the hammer that shattered the illusion that all was well in the state of work. During the last two years, many employees (particularly women) have experienced different ways of working that, for some, worked better. And they’d like to keep it that way. On the other hand, the intense intermingling of women’s personal and professional lives — and the challenges associated with it — became more obvious to working women, their families, and their employers.
It’s hard enough to juggle professional and personal lives with the financial considerations of each when you go to an office every day. That goes to “code red” when you work at home, without a physical separation of work and home lives, and personal responsibilities lay in wait. The pandemic did drive changes in how family responsibilities were divided. Men spent more time on household and caregiving activities, according to the 2020 American Time Use Study, but it didn’t even things out due to additional time women spent on activities like caregiving. 1
Given that women are responsible for more household and family responsibilities, the likelihood of negative repercussions from this increased stress is higher2 and that was certainly true during the pandemic.
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