At 50+, it was “a growing up moment” for her, Venice Strachan-Singh says. Like many job seekers in this age cohort, trying to replicate a previous job is tricky, and the rejection can be shattering. “I thought I was such a star at what I did, and it would be a breeze to find another job, but it was a tremendous blow to my ego,” she says. “My self-esteem went down the tubes.”
In January 2021, 275,000 women dropped out of the labor force, amounting to roughly 80% of all workers over the age 20 who exited the workforce last month. The total number of women who have exited the labor force since February 2020 comes to more than 2.3 million. By comparison, nearly 1.8 million men have left the labor force during this same time frame.
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the mental health of 78% of the global workforce. Meantime, a whopping 85% of people say their mental health issues at work negatively affect their home life.
The genie is out of the bottle. Remote work is here to stay. Listen to Kerry narrate her top-selling book Great Pajama Jobs.
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One thing we lose when we work from home is the energy, engagement and positive vibes we get from laughing at a co-worker’s joke, making eye contact with someone and smiling, or kibitzing as we wait for the coffee to brew.
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No question the challenges are greater for older workers who have lost a job. Employers may worry about their increased vulnerability to COVID-19 if they return to the office, their potential for higher healthcare costs, their ability to work with younger colleagues and whether their technology skills are up to date.
Taking early retirement can throw a monkey wrench into your future financial security. That’s why it’s vital to be cautious before doing it.
Kerry Hannon joins our podcast to talk about her new book Great Pajama Jobs: Your Compete Guide to Working from Home. She notes how remote work from home jobs level the playing field by focusing attention on performance and productivity.