Recently on my podcast, Become a Media Maven, I told the story about how my husband quit his job in the middle of a pandemic.
On Instagram, I also shared the story.
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Also at home during the pandemic, I have a third-grader, a kindergartner, and an infant.
Having a team is helpful, but it’s still too much with work and the kids, so my husband and I made the decision that one of us needed to be home to assist with virtual school and take care of the baby, Dylan.
As a business owner, I am in control of how much money I make.
If I had more time to focus on work, I could make more money and that was the basis of our decision.
1 in 5 Working Parents Would Resign to Help Their Kids in Virtual School
Unsurprisingly, 2020 has added a ton to our plates, giving a whole new meaning to “work-life balance.”
With 42% of the U.S. labor force working from home full-time, many of us continue to redefine our daily schedules.
For working parents like me, many have had to add the role of an educator to their resumes.
With the start of the new school year, working parents are now being given the difficult task of deciding between trying to do it all or making calculated choices to benefit their families — at the expense of their careers.
Recently, TopResume asked 2,122 working parents in the U.S. about their plans to accommodate their children’s education for the 2020/2021 school year.
The survey found that 1 in 5 working parents are considering quitting their jobs to accommodate their kids in virtual school.
Here’s a quick summary of TopResume’s survey results:
· 21% shared that one of the working adults in their household is considering resigning to accommodate their children’s education.
· 32% of households are heavily relying on childcare providers and/or family members to accommodate their children’s education while they continue working full time.
· 47% have negotiated with their employers to modify their work schedules to accommodate the children’s education.
If you’re thinking about leaving your job to assist your children with distance learning, here’s how to decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Amanda Augustine, a career expert for TopResume, says yes, it’s okay to quit your job.
Some questions Augustine suggests you ask yourself include:
- Are you unhappy with how your employer treated you and your colleagues during the pandemic?
- Is it the people you work with? The culture?
- Are you sitting at a desk for too many hours of the day?
- Would a different workgroup, manager, or position be better for you within the same organization?
- Is your current work environment just not for you anymore?
- Do you dread going in (or logging in) on Monday mornings?
- Is the discomfort you feel short-lived and brief, or constant and permanent?
- What is your “point of no return?” What is your deal-breaker?
- Does the mission of your company not align with your values?
- What would need to change in order for you to be happy at work?
For more on how to take the next step, click here.