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A new survey has found that nearly a quarter of working mums are less likely to ask for a promotion due to the impact the pandemic has had on their lives.

The report mentions concerns surrounding the potential impact of Covid, particularly the unequal sharing of caring responsibilities, on women’s careers.

Of the 1,300 people surveyed, only 24% of mums said they hadn’t suffered from mental health issues due to Covid.

Some of the biggest causes cited for mental health problems were:

  • Anxiety about the lockdown, including isolation from family (70%)
  • Homeschooling and childcare (61%)
  • Worries about children’s wellbeing and security (30%)
  • Job insecurity (25%)
  • Financial concerns (27%).

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Worryingly, 50% said that their employer hadn’t helped them with their mental health.

Gillian Nissim, founder of WM People, the umbrella company for, and, commented on the findings, “It is worrying to note how Covid may have affected women’s career aspirations. This is something that employers need to monitor and take into account. The best provide employee networks, such as women’s networks or parenting networks, where individuals can connect, support each other and feed their concerns and ideas for how to address them back to employers.”

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