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Pandemic pressure: Parents, working moms seeking jobs looking for flexibility from next employer

The coronavirus pandemic put a ton of pressure on parents and working moms so much so that now, job-seekers are looking for, if not demanding, flexibility from their next employer.

News 12 Staff

Apr 1, 2022, 11:35 AM

Updated 810 days ago

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The coronavirus pandemic put a ton of pressure on parents and working moms so much so that now, job-seekers are looking for, if not demanding, flexibility from their next employer.
News 12’s Eric Landskroner spoke with Runa Knapp from Connect-Talent, a recruiting firm that focuses on matching women with their next job.
Eric: “What are you seeing with women in the workforce, women perhaps wanting to get back into the workforce or change jobs?”
“We're seeing it all,” says Knapp. “Based on our anecdotal evidence alone and the women who are in our network, we would say, the population of candidates are currently split on their preferred work arrangements. We've spoken to many mothers who've thrived in a remote environment, and just as many who want to get out of the house now after the pandemic and be back in a hybrid arrangement.”
Eric: “What incentives are companies offering to woo women away from their current jobs?”
“So I think flexibility not only in the form of the work arrangement but in different forms as well,” says Knapp. “Flexibility can come in different avenues such as structuring the work hours. We just had a candidate, and employer work with her to allow her to shift her work hours in a way that would allow her to pick-up her kids from daycare after work. So allowing these women to leave during work hours and not feel guilted because they're taking care of family obligations, is another avenue they're seeking on the employee side, and on the employer side, for making those very mindful changes."


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