4 ways managers can help employees find career clarity during coronavirus
The monotony of remote work has employees questioning the value they bring to the workplace, forcing many to tackle some uncomfortable truths about their careers, says Tracy Timm, founder of the Nth Degree, a career coaching company.
“Isolation is really increasing our unhappiness, and a lot of people are taking a critical eye toward their career and questioning if this is really where they want to be right now,” she says. “People are asking if their career path has been intentional or reactionary, and taking a microscope to the things that aren’t working for them.”
After many workers lost the benefits of the physical workplace, remote work has highlighted a lack of alignment between an employee’s values and the work they do, Timm says. To feel fulfilled at work, those things must be better balanced.
“Having great coworkers or a great boss or a really nice office can often mask other parts of the job that are otherwise not satisfying or fulfilling, and you overlook the fact the work that you're doing isn't really challenging or fulfilling,” she says. “Once all those trappings of your job and the environment you do it in are stripped away, you start to question, ‘Why am I doing that? Why am I getting up crazy early to get started working from home? Why am I sacrificing time with my family to do conference calls?’”
Managers can play an important role in helping identify how their employees bring value to an organization and adjust their tactics accordingly, Timm says.
“If someone is advocating for something that will make them better at their job or more productive, that will bring more value to the company,” Timm says. “Be objective in thinking about how a new project or an hour for lunch or more flexible work will make that person better at their job before you take it as a complaint.”
Timm shares her tips for helping employees finding career clarity to reenergize their work.