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Could the Pandemic Prompt an ‘Epidemic of Loss’ of Women in the Sciences?
Even before the pandemic, many female scientists felt unsupported in their fields. Now, some are hitting a breaking point.
From Agriculture and Markets, to the Department of Education, to the Department of Health, to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, to the Department of Law, PEF scientists offer valuable skills to support New York and its residents.
Women in science faced hurdles before COVID-19, but during the pandemic they have been hit with even more, trying to stay afloat through school and child-care closures and facing burnout and stress from working at home amid constant distractions.
The New York Times looked at the potential impact the pandemic has had, and will continue to have, on female scientists. Click here for the full story (NYTimes.com is a subscription-based service).
Companies Can’t Stop Overworking
Excess work isn’t good for anyone, employers included. So why are we still doing it?
The pandemic has blurred work-life balance, blasting away the boundaries between work and home, and leaving many feeling stretched to their breaking point. When offices reopen, workers expect the burnout and overworking to continue. The situation isn’t good for workers’ health and it impacts productivity. Despite this, excessive hours and long work days continue.
The New York Times reports that for the first 49 hours of the week, there was a direct relationship between time and productivity — the more employees worked, the more they got done. Starting at hour 50, employees still produced more the more they worked, but the output for each additional hour started to shrink. And after about 64 hours, productivity collapsed.
For a full look at this trend and its impacts, read The New York Times article here. (NYTimes.com is a subscription-based service).
Public Sector Jobs Up in March, But Still Far Below Pre-Covid Levels
Education, leisure and hospitality and construction fields saw the largest gains.
March 2021 was a strong month for state and local public sector employment, but the workforce is still far below pre-pandemic levels, down by around 1.2 million jobs compared to February 2020.
Education topped the list with the most growth. In addition to education, leisure and hospitality and construction saw gains—of 280,000 and 110,000 respectively. About 176,000 of the leisure and hospitality gains were in food services and drinking places, according to the publication Route Fifty.
For a full look at the month’s public sector gains, click here.