I Quit!

Thoughts on the Great Resignation

We’ve already seen a huge number of employees quit their jobs in recent weeks and experts are predicting that this is just the beginning. Add to the 10 million jobs already open in the US and you can see the problem a mile away. Why are people quitting and why aren’t more people going to work. These are not simple questions and there are not simple answers. Here are a few things to consider…

  1. People are quitting because they know they can get a job fairly quickly. They aren’t insecure about work and this has emboldened them to leave jobs where wages are low, salaries are compressed, the workload is unbearable, and they aren’t treated with respect.
  2. People are holding out because they need more pay—perhaps former 2 income families have decided to become 1 income families due to the revolving door of school attendance, the lack of available daycare, or even the discovery that they don’t actually need 2 paychecks.
  3. People are refusing to be forced into coming back to the office or taking a vaccine they don’t fully trust or providing proof of vaccination even if they have gotten it. There’s something inherent in the American character to say “No” to tyrannical mandates, whether they come from the government or employers. The spirit of “Don’t Tread on Me” is alive and well.
  4. People are frustrated with inflexible working arrangements, closed career doors, and corporate BS. With limited outlets for job-related stress, many are quitting for their sanity and health.
  5. People are tired. The psychological and physical toll of the pandemic coupled with the most toxic political and media climate in memory has simply worn people out. Sometimes, it’s take a break or break.
  6. People are relocating to more livable geographies. High taxes, governmental heavy handed decrees (think California or New York City), elevated cost of living all combine to lead people to move away to a more desirable locale and find a job elsewhere.
  7. Finally, (and this is not an exhaustive list), I believe people are seriously re-evaluating their lives and personal values. Many no longer find satisfaction in living to work and are willing to trade some financial gains for the benefit of working to live.

I’d welcome comments and additions to these ideas.

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