Pandemic has changed employer perceptions, says Stevenson

July 8, 2021 Marketplace

Since the pandemic forced many workers to take an employment break, Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics, says that employers may have more understanding when it comes to gaps in resumes and the benefits of workplace flexibility.

“Our attitude about caregiving and managing our lives with work, I think, has really been shook up as a nation,” she said. “My hope is that there’s a lot more empathy out there. Employers have learned something about the benefit of flexibility, giving people that flexibility so that they actually hold on to their job, rather than taking those gaps, rather than actually leaving.”