One of the phrases that has bothered me the most over the past year is, “We are all in the same boat.”
The more I have heard it and the more I think about who I know… oh (censored) no we are not.
While we are all in the same storm, our boats are very, very different.
How the storm of 2020 unfolded (I am thinking about COVID 19, politics, social justice and the economy) has been very different for people.
As will the “recovery” of 2021-2022 be. More on that later.
This past year through today…
I know of many recruiters (corporate, search and consulting) have been very busy at their companies, firms. I know recruiters who have not worked in a year.
I know of many CEO’s whose companies have done very well the past year. I know CEO’s who have used their homes and assets to secure loans to cover payroll and they are hanging by a thread. I know CEO’s who have lost everything.
I have friends who have transitioned to work from home without skipping a beat. Others were in already toxic situations and being home made it worse.
Some friends have had promotions while others have had both partners go through furloughs and/or layoffs.
Some have been able to take vacations and others rely on a social safety net to get through the week.
Women, People of Color, hourly and frontline essential workers have generally been the most impacted.
And many parents who have become teacher, principal, counselor, nurse and social worker.