In fact, The Great Resignation statistics show that 41% of workers globally have contemplated switching professions or quitting, whilst a further 38% are planning to quit in the coming six to 12 months. The largest spike of resignations in the US took place in April 2021, with four million people quitting their job.
For workers across the globe, the pandemic meant that priorities shifted, whether people were forced to become stay-at-home parents or simply wished to waste no more time in pursuing their dream job. Despite this, The Great Resignation is accelerating as employees feel that they’re not being fairly treated in light of the pandemic.
A predictable response
In modern society, many of us spend more time at work than we do at home, making happiness in our professional situation a huge priority. This resulted in millions evacuating positions where they were not accommodated during the pandemic. Simultaneously, employees are keen to stay in job roles where they feel they are properly understood and cared for.
Professional environments have always been of concern for employees; however, the urgency of the pandemic pushed people towards taking action. Consequently, if someone was already dissatisfied with their work-life, the pandemic only drove them towards resigning.
The emotionally draining nature of the pandemic drilled the notion that people are not machines. As a result, employees have continued to expect this understanding nature from their employers; however, this is not always delivered.
With this in mind, as an employer you should seek to maintain an understanding and accommodating atmosphere for employees. This is imperative when it comes to implementing an effective employee retention plan.