About a year ago, I wrote a post about the trend of stuffing an increasing amount of duties and responsibilities into single positions. Spoiler: expectations, job advancement, job satisfaction, wages and benefits, and responsibilities are combining to create a particularly caustic work environment that burns out too many good managers.
Since then, COVID-19 staff cuts have only exacerbated this trend. Every piece of distressing news about job cuts means remaining workers have that much more moved over to their duties and responsibilities plate.
If that weren’t enough, you can add in the mix of figuring out how many of those tasks are being impacted by COVID-19.
Granted, the nonprofit arts field isn’t special. We’re seeing the same thing unfold in a number of other nonprofit and commercial sectors, but that doesn’t mean we should expect this to become the new normal.
We already know things needed to change before COVID-19. Let’s not allow things to get worse during the transition period to where we’re headed.