#3: One Mom’s Pandemic Resignation Letter: Lessons Learned for Women Now


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What happened when one mom, pushed to the brink during the pandemic, wrote a resignation letter with a major mic drop. 

In this episode, Karen Browning summoned up the courage to be vulnerable and transparently spell out what she needed and what her employer could have done to keep her—in order to help those coming behind her (AKA you, friend).

Karen sat down to have a frank discussion with me about what women are facing now, and what they can do about it.

As a society, we tend to push through difficult times without taking the time to reflect. While the pandemic is behind us, as Karen says, “We are so different on the other side.”

An optimist at heart, I believe as does Karen, that it changed us for the better. As we face a tipping point with layoffs and chronic stress, we can learn a lot from this point in time that we can apply now to put ourselves first and create the lives we deserve.

So get cozy and get ready for a heartfelt, hopeful conversation that will inspire you in ways you might not have imagined…

Here’s a glance at this episode:

  • [4:15] Karen’s story as a mom with small children working full-time during the pandemic
  • [5:00] Why the shocking statistic on women planning to quit their jobs could be good for women and people of color.
  • [7:30] What happened when schools were no longer the social safety net and why employers should pay attention now to how they treat female talent.
  • [8:40] Karen shares her resignation letter and the events leading up to why she resigned.
  • [15:46] How Karen’s close work friend resigning impacted her decision.
  • [18:45] Karen’s breaking point and why part-time work was not even an option for her.
  • [20:49] What makes stress and burnout worse now for women than during the pandemic and what can we learn from it?
  • [23:36] What Karen did after quitting, how she got her brain back, and how she found the work that fit her life, including the flexibility she needed, after quitting.
  • [33:40]  What you can do before you’re ready to throw in the towel to take back your power, reimagine your career, and hold your employer accountable.

Listen in and start putting in some of that extra TLC for yourself and for your career! Because there’s no better time than NOW to uplevel your life.

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Melissa Nicholson job shared for nearly a decade and is the Founder & CEO of Work Muse. Work Muse drives the adoption of job sharing in business as a source of competitive advantage while helping individuals find work-life balance. Join the #JobshareRevolution here.



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