How Do You Differentiate Yourself In a Workforce That Has Never Returned to Normal After Covid?

Knowing What to Pay Employees Is Key in Today's Climate Morris Bixby

According to an article by McKinsey & Company, “COVID-19 may no longer be a pandemic, but the disease likely reduced the availability of the US workforce by as much as 2.6 percent in 2022—a burden on productivity that could last for years. COVID-19 has gradually become a part of the US landscape.” Within that landscape, as it is gradually rebuilding, it is an opportunity to distinguish yourself in the workforce. You can start by setting some goals for yourself.

Do you have concrete goals for your career?

This Asana article explains setting professional goals through the process of setting short-term and long-term goals and gives 25 examples of professional goals.

There are some great recommendations for professional goals, such as:

  • Focus
  • Seek new challenges
  • Be open to learning new things
  • Know your work-life boundaries
  • Be a leader
  • Be a team player
  • Network in your desired industry
  • Do your research!
  • Stay current on technology
  • Always do more than is asked of you
  • Determine how you measure your success
  • Prioritize communication
  • Know your strengths as well as your weaknesses
  • Be productive and find a way of tangibly tracking it
  • Be intentional

Navigating a New Era of Workforce Choice

This quote from Harvard Business Review says it all, “It may sound obvious, but facing our collective mortality for the last two years changed us. Of course, many of us had confronted big challenges in our pre-pandemic lives, but this shared experience was uniquely difficult. One area of our lives that was dramatically altered was our collective perspective related to work.” As the world’s perspective on work changed, companies were forced to make changes and all of that has led to this new era of workforce choice. Companies want to find good candidates and candidates want to find good positions that fit their needs.

This survey conducted by PwC of 1,515 employees indicates that “past years have prompted many employees to reconsider their values or make major changes in their personal lives, which is changing how they work and what they need to be productive.” The survey showed that employees are on the move, deeply value paid time off, and are focused on lessons they’ve learned from the pandemic. As everyone’s priorities have shifted, do you have a clear idea of where yours are and how you can stand out in this post-pandemic workforce?

Have a clear list of goals as you search for a new position and set yourself apart from the crowd in the hiring process. Morris Bixby Group can help you! Learn more today!


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