3 Things Employers Should Focus On After COVID-19

Career Realism

As 2021 moves forward, some companies are looking to return to normal, some companies are going to stay fully remote, and others are still trying to define their new normal.

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I thought of work as my family — and then they laid me off

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Since employers benefit from those dynamics, it typically doesn’t count against you with them. layoffs work habitsThis post, I thought of work as my family — and then they laid me off , was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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The very week the company put pay back to normal, I was part of a layoff in my department that took out 1/3 of us. I got to the # 2 choice for 2 different jobs within my first month of the layoff, which really boosted my confidence and let me know I was on the right path.

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my employee got vaccinated ahead of high-risk people, my boss says you can’t negotiate salary, and more

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It is a fantastic place to work, often remotely, great benefits, significant charitable giving, and my husband is on a sinking ship and has been looking for more meaningful work for a while).

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start-up founder with no work experience, my boss says I killed the business, and more

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I’m in the final stages of the interview process with a company that offers unlimited vacation as one of its benefits. That’s not going to come across as not taking the job seriously — time off is generally understood to be a benefit people care a lot about.

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it’s your Friday good news

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I was working in a job for almost a decade that gave me valuable experience in the working world, and more than decent pay and benefits, but was otherwise awful for my mental health. When COVID hit, the company committed to NO layoffs in 2020 and moved everyone 100% remote.

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my employee told me “I prefer not to” when I tried to give him a new project

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Because we are affiliated with a parent organization, we have not suffered the same budget cuts as many of our peer institutions, and have been lucky to retain all of our benefits-eligible staff throughout at their pre-pandemic compensation. We’ve been up-front that we can’t adjust compensation at the moment — but again, all of our peer institutions have gone through multiple rounds of layoffs, salary cuts, and/or furloughs, and no one is being underpaid for the field.

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update: we’re being re-hired for work that doesn’t exist

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They laid us off in May, a month before the stipulations were met, so that they could give us a month’s severance for our permanent layoff. First of all, it’s part of the benefits package, which is part of my compensation. I am happy to say that within a week or two of the layoff I was offered and accepted a position that pays more than $15,000 more a year (which is more than 1/3 more than what I made), with a start date 6 weeks later.

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is it weird to vape on a Zoom call, should you go to grad school to avoid a bad job market, and more

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This was, they said, in order to not have layoffs. A lot of companies are doing this right now as a way to avoid layoffs. In other cases, companies aren’t necessarily expecting revenues will pick up in a few months, but doing this is better than moving straight to layoffs right now.

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it’s your Friday good news

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That 2 years would have been up at the beginning of 2021. I was able to choose the one with significantly higher pay and great benefits, and I feel great about starting next month! It’s your Friday good news, with more accounts of success even in this weird time.

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I accidentally sent my boss a message complaining about her, boss wants to know my long-term plan, and more

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My immediate plan was to leave in spring 2021 and start massage therapy school. (My My partner makes decent money and has awesome benefits, under which I’m covered; it’d be tight, but doable … minus, you know, COVID.). In May, the company had major layoffs.

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And in an incredible surprise, they told me I qualified for their parental benefits immediately as they base it on date of hire which is unusual (a year’s tenure is normally required in my industry) so I’d be able to take 4 months of leave fully paid! The job will be remote for the near future due to COVID-19, so my family will have some time to tie up loose ends and move sometime in spring/summer 2021.

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