Are you over 40 and looking for a new positionAre you Overworked, Overwhelmed and Over Looked?
The Over Program!
Ready to take the leap and change your life.
It’s important to remain positive. It can be a long, tedious process, but remember good things take time. Not every application will lead to an interview and not every interview will lead to a job, but the right job will come along. Also, don’t just take the first job that is offered to you, unless it matches all your must-haves. If you’re unsure, you might end up job searching again in a few months. Continue to remind yourself of your worth. If it helps, write down your strengths and what might set you apart from other candidates. Keep your list close by to remind yourself that the right job for you will come along.
I will be in your corner!
I will provide you with a strategy and the confidence you need to be BIG, BRAVE, and BOLD to overcome being an overworked, overwhelmed, and overlooked woman in the workplace.
Women leaders are overworked and under-recognized
Compared to men at their level, women leaders do more to support employee well-being and promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion DEI—work that improves retention and employee satisfaction, but is not formally rewarded in most companies. Spending time and energy on work that isn’t recognized makes it harder for women leaders to advance, and that may partly explain why they are more burned out.
- Women leaders are about 1.5X as likely as men leaders to have switched jobs because their workload was unmanageable.
- Women leaders are 2X as likely as men leaders to spend substantial time on DEI work, and 40% of women leaders say their DEI work isn’t acknowledged at all in performance reviews.
- 43% of women leaders are burned out, compared to only 31% of men at their level.
The Burnout Culprit
Stress and Isolation! Following the pandemic, many jobs became remote and while that could be viewed as a positive, isolation from people isn’t always healthy. Often, because of being remote, if your company doesn’t have restrictions on your computer, you can find yourself working after dinner or late into the night, because work is always there. It’s important to leave work “at work”, go exercise and socialize!
Overwhelmed at Work
If you’re considering quitting your job because of workplace stress, you have plenty of company.
Record numbers of American workers are saying enough is enough, frustrated by what they believe is low pay, little opportunity for advancement, not enough respect for the job they do and the struggle to balance work and personal life.
This workplace exodus — popularly called the “Great Resignation” — has strong links to our mental health and an increase in disorders like depression and anxiety, which have spiked since the pandemic began more than two years ago.
The Great Resignation
Americans were quitting their jobs in big numbers well before the COVID-19 outbreak that began in the spring of 2020.
That percentage briefly tapered off in 2020, when the economy tanked and jobs became scarce. But the Great Resignation came roaring back in 2021 with a record-setting 47.8 million Americans leaving their jobs. And that trend continued in 2022. One survey found nearly half of the nation’s employees are seeking new jobs and most are women who are overworked, overwhelmed and overlooked.
To get ahead in the workplace, you have to be seen.
Being visible at work allows employees to demonstrate their skills, land prominent assignments, and build strategic relationships.
For women, however, the importance of visibility creates a conundrum.
On the one hand, women’s contributions are systematically overlooked at work. This limits their professional advancement and helps to explain why most of the senior levels of organizations remain overwhelmingly male. Yet when women try to make themselves more visible, they can face backlash for violating expectations about how women should behave, and risk losing their career goals.
How do women navigate this no-win situation?
Women are often advised to stand out if they want to get ahead. But taking on visible roles in the workplace exposes women to risk, and they know it. As long as women are faced with only limited options, the choice to stay behind the scenes will continue to be appealing.
While it’s easy to urge women to step into the spotlight, doing so without considering the visibility risks to women is shortsighted. So is treating the problem of visibility as something for women to fix themselves. To achieve workplace equality, we need to redesign organizations — not the women who work in them.
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