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Breaks Are Commonplace but Not so Commonly Accepted

Breaks Are Commonplace but Not so Commonly Accepted

Career breaks are starting to become the norm. 62% of all employees worldwide have taken a career break, and 64% of women have done so. Most people associate career breaks with either women who leave their employer to have children and care for them or younger workers who head off into the world for a gap year, but there are many other reasons employees take time away, including parental leave (22%), medical leave (17%), and mental health reasons (14%).

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Career Breaks Are Okay Now

Career Breaks Are Okay Now

the increased focus on career breaks creates an outstanding opportunity to remove the stigma from them. Just because someone has taken a break does not mean they are lazy or that their skills are stagnating. Indeed, many people who take a career break are working just as ...

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The Stamp Of Professionals

The Stamp Of Professionals

LinkedIn, recognizing the value of giving these workers every chance to regain employment, recently added a feature allowing its users to add career breaks to their résumé...

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Making the Most of Career Breaks

Making the Most of Career Breaks

Just because an employee leaves the workforce temporarily does not mean that they are not developing relevant skills. Of those who returned to the workforce, 53% say they are better at their job after taking a break.

50% of hiring managers believe people returning from a career break have...

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Caring For Family

Caring For Family

Those who take breaks for caregiving reasons, whether for children or ailing family members, often cite increased patience and self-awareness as benefits of their time away.

These soft skills...

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The Bottom Line

The pandemic and the ensuing Great Resignation shined a spotlight on workers’ legitimate needs and desires for a career break. In fact, 69% of people who took a break say the t...

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The Future Is Full Of Career Breaks

The Future Is Full Of Career Breaks

The power dynamic on breaks is shifting, especially as the number of people with breaks on their résumé increases. The shift in the workforce toward millennials and younger generations is also forcing employers to reconsider their positions on career breaks. The vast majority of millennials (84%)...

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Career Break Reasons That Cannot Be Sold To Employers

Career Break Reasons That Cannot Be Sold To Employers

Some skill sets built during a break are harder to sell than others. Hard skills, such as solving healthcare issues for family members, is a chore that requires creative thinking and brainstorming. Employees may have to juggle mortgage payments, 

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