Today marks the start of the last third of the year. I think everyone will agree that the last five months have been pretty challenging. My heart goes out to anyone who has suffered from this awful virus themselves or seen their loved ones suffer. Health is always the most important thing, whatever other challenges we may face.
In our working lives there is more to cope with. As of 1st September 2020 in the UK, the Flexible Furlough Scheme diminishes to 70% of wages and the popular Eat Out to Help Out scheme is no more. In addition, children will return to school. All of these things bring challenges for us and our workplaces.
The gradual tailing off of the furlough scheme may increase financial strain on some businesses and the disappearance of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme may adversely affect the hospitality sector. It’s likely that, whilst return to school, may bring some respite to parents in terms of child care, it may cause many people even more anxiety and also become even more disruptive if there are intermittent self-isolations for ‘pods’ or entire school closures to cope with one or more people becoming infected.
These challenges affect all of us to a lesser or greater degree. Today I’m talking about the effect on parents.
At the best of times parents feel guilty for leaving their children to go to work, even when there seems to be no other option. The furlough scheme enabled parents to spend more time with their children than they have ever been able to in the past whilst being paid at least 80% of their salary. Parents have experienced this in many different ways. They have relished the time with their children, they have had fun doing the Joe Wicks’ workout with them each morning, they have struggled to home school and they have felt overwhelmed, anxious and stressed.
For parents who have worked all the way through without being furloughed they have had to juggle work (at home or in the workplace) alongside all the other challenges.
As we see Summer dissolving into Autumn and the new school year begin, more of us will also be facing redundancy consultations and the possibility of job loss. Things may seem bleak but there is so much that we can do to use this time as a catalyst for positive change. If this is the situation you find yourself in you might find yourself wishing you could:
- create freedom over your own time
- decide where you want to work
- stop feeling guilty about not being with your children when you are working and for not working when your children need you
- decide how much you want to earn
- love your work
The good news is that you can do all of this! In my new course Thrive after Redundancy I take you through the concepts that I have used to create my own happy workplace. For me, the place I work can be at home, at a client’s office or anywhere else I am able to travel to and there’s a good Wi-Fi connection. The important thing is I decide where I work, what work I do and how much work I do.
I started my career transformation when I was made redundant in 2005 and I haven’t looked back.
Your own career transformation is exactly that – it’s yours. Everyone’s career journey is personal to them. What I do through the Thrive after Redundancy online course, is give you the knowledge to help you to create your own career journey – whether that is turning a hobby into a business or finding new work. I also help you discover what it is that you want to do! Because your career journey is so personal to you, in addition to group Zoom calls, I also provide a 30 minute inspiration one to one call with me .
By the way, this course isn’t only for parents. It’s for anyone who is going through redundancy and wants to feel supported to use it as a catalyst for positive change.
I’m waiting to help you through redundancy and give you the techniques to create your own happy workplace.