How the pandemic exposed the fallacy of the “ideal worker”

How the pandemic exposed the fallacy of the “ideal worker”

Ah yes, the “ideal worker.” This is a notion the business world has long revered. The ideal worker has always been someone who starts working fresh out of school, “full-time and full force, for 40 years straight,” as Harvard Business Review puts it.

But the covid-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders it created have challenged that notion, especially in its gender inequity. In fact, HBR reports that 14% of women are considering quitting their jobs because of the conflict created by trying to continue to work full-time from home with kids around.

Not to say that women are bearing all the responsibility for the shift. Certainly, men working remotely feel it, too, and HBR recognizes that men often feel pressure to compartmentalize their work and family life.

This is a distinction that’s harder and harder to draw, with everyone Zooming from their home office, and kids and pets liable to break in at any moment.

For myself and the others here at Prestige Scientific, we’ve certainly recognized the work-culture shift that covid-19 has brought about. Now, the ideal worker is one who is figuring out how to balance remote work with family and personal life without unraveling

By Michael Barros, Partner, Prestige Scientific