Career Coaching: Roles Reversed. I’m seeing something new in our career landscape. I’m seeing men en masse experiencing something that mostly only women saw before. With the pandemic, men have been furloughed or are working remotely and this means they are missing all the mirroring we humans usually benefit from at work.
There are fewer interactions with adult humans, there is less feedback from superiors, there’s less encouragement from peers. We are all having to plow on, more alone than ever before. What this is leading to is a loss of confidence. With the human’s natural negativity bias, there are fewer opportunities for people to interrupt that spiral.
Why is this important? It’s because it is EXACTLY the same thing that I see people, mainly women, experience when they go off-ramp to have a baby. After a month or so of being bonded with a tiny being that takes a lot and rarely gives praise, their confidence lands at rock bottom.
This time has shown us just how important human contact is. How our confidence and self-belief can plummet very swiftly when our brains are left to their own devices. Suddenly it less easy to judge those with long-term health conditions, the carers in our society, or those on parental leave and those who face redundancy, for finding it difficult to get back into work…
We, humans, need humans. Surely we are losing so much talent by not supporting these people. What about hooking people into mentoring roles so they can share their expertise and grow in confidence. What about supporting people and affirming them so they feel seen and valued. I used to think this was only maternity leave….. in the coming years it’s going to affect so many more people. The redundancies are beginning… how can we do this better???
If you could do with a little help, I’m here.