In 2020, millions of women exited the workforce.  However, they are beginning to return to the office, bringing labor force participation for women back up to pre-pandemic numbers.   Many factors led to this change, such as more reliable schooling options and improved public health outlook.  

Unfortunately, not all women feel prepared to return.  Several barriers, such as ageism, caregiving responsibilities, and lack of confidence, make the transition difficult.  

Ageism can impact a woman’s ability to get and keep a job, with older women being more likely to be let go and less likely to receive callbacks.  Women also face greater pressure to stay home and care for family; in fact, women are five to eight times more likely to have their careers impacted by caregiving than men.  Lack of confidence, another key barrier, affects 25% of women.  It can manifest as a lack of confidence in physical appearance or ability. 

Many women have discovered solutions to these barriers.  Professional mentorships can make a difference, with 87% of mentees developing greater confidence.  Hybrid roles are also a viable option, providing women with more flexibility and less bias in their work.  Finally, plastic surgery has become a common tool in regaining the confidence needed to return to the workforce.  This is especially true for new moms, who may be struggling with body dysmorphia.  Plastic surgery can ease many of the fears that arise as a woman takes the first steps to returning to work. 

Why women are finally returning to the office
Source: Sieber Plastic Surgery