Returning to Work During COVID

I was going through the backpack I used while working at Whole Foods Market, and came across my apron. I almost forgot how much wear and tear I had placed on it. Then I realized why I even had it after a year of not working there.

It wasn’t the career fit for me, and rather than go back to the same job where it was stressful to fit into a workplace where I was no longer productive. I decided to put more planning and work into being self-employed. So in a way, it’s a reminder to me as to why I’m here, and why my work here at Writing Elite is so important. I could choose to move forward and excel at something without being held back on my own productivity, and a sense of freedom to do the kind of work that matters to me. My overall focus is to avoid returning to the traditional workplace.

If you’ve read much of what’s in the news and on most people’s minds about the world of workplaces as to what direction they should seek in returning to work. Jobs have been increasing and even in the midst of that growth employers have been finding it difficult to fill those growing open positions. The economy maybe improving, but that doesn’t translate in their being attractive offers that will be the determining factor on whether we risk our and our families health as cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 climb.

Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, American workers have long been critical of businesses in the pay and benefits they provided (or lacked). Terms such as livable wage, paternity leave, and work/life balance were beginning to help translate what more and more working Americans are asking for. Some businesses actually get it now, 2020 was a tough year for businesses and rather than go out of business are have their bottom line altered; they began making many of those changes. Companies such as United Airlines which was hit especially hard as the pandemic grounded air travel domestic and abroad – purchased a flight school in February 2020 in an effort to recruit and train pilots with little-to-no experience. The airline says it will offer $1.2 million total in scholarships for 5,000 students, according to the website, and plans to ensure that half of the recruits are made up of women and people of color. The company is partnering with three historically Black universities to meet this goal and will offer flight education students the chance to interview for a spot at the Phoenix academy.

Rethinking the Way We Work in 2021 and Beyond

Yet with all this reimagining of companies in their recruitment. We as job seekers must also continue reimagining how we approach our work and the type of work we see ourselves doing. COVID changed much about working in the 21st century, one where many people don’t have to simply accept what’s given to them. Many people were fortunate enough to take advantage of the unemployment benefits and stimulus packages that came to help us mitigate the crazy shock the economy took.

Along with that many people have started to take their family’s financial stability a different direction, the boom in freelance and self employed workers has gotten quite a lot of attention from people who otherwise wouldn’t have thought they would be starting a business of their own.

We’ve managed to track down this wonderful podcast published by Skill Builder. I can personally say, as a an entrepreneur, while it takes a leap of faith, some grit (save the spit 🤪😂), and patience. Most people can get over the learning curve of starting their own business. One fundamental thing any future business owner should have before starting, is an entrepreneurial mindset. Actually it’s a mindset you should have in the traditional workplace as well.

Trust me, for all of you working in the low wage jobs, retail, hospitality, etc. It pays to invest into developing an entrepreneurial mindset. In my experience, working in retail; you almost always have to sell yourself in order to move forward. The difference between the traditional workplace and self-employment, and entrepreneurship is that with self-employment and entrepreneurship you have more freedom and control over your time and work. You own it, and that’s a far more rewarding feeling than having to pour the same amount of sweat and tears into projects and tasks you would take on from an employer.

Now that I have your attention, you’re probably wondering; how could I start a business in all of this madness. We have the answer, but honestly that would take a couple more posts to do the subject any justice. That’s what you can expect with the next few posts on the Perspectives in the Workplace page. We are going to talk about steps anyone wanting to start their journey in self employment should take and the type of mentality they should have.

Let’s keep the conversation rolling. Have you recently thought about becoming your own boss? What type of business would it be? What type of service would you give? Leave us a comment below!