If you have been paying attention to the news lately or even just driving around your neighborhood, you have probably seen signs saying that businesses are short-staffed. After a harrowing year of being isolated inside homes, many people are realizing they are unsatisfied with their jobs. Whether it’s because of money, an unsafe workplace, or just general unhappiness, people are resigning from their jobs in droves. The phenomenon has become so common that it is now called the “Great Resignation.”
People began resigning en masse in the spring. After rebounding to the normal rate after COVID-19, the rate of resignations began skyrocketing. It started with restaurant and hotel workers. It is not hard to imagine why. Employees in these industries were some of the most at-risk during the pandemic. Money, of course, also plays an important role. Those who work in hospitality often have packed schedules and low wages. With many reevaluating their lives post-pandemic, more value is being placed on higher wages and better schedules.
The hospitality industry is not the only one contending with the “Great Resignation.” In fact, 95 percent of workers are now considering changing jobs, with 92 percent willing to switch industries. Most people are blaming burnout and a lack of opportunities for growth. In response, employers have begun increasing wages and offering bonuses to bring in new employees.
After working from home for a year, many people have found that they don’t want to go back to commuting and working from an office. They are looking for a more flexible schedule. It is up to employers now to meet the employees’ standards or risk losing them.
If you are considering quitting your job, make sure you have a plan beforehand. Job hunting is not easy and often takes more time than you think. You should know what type of job you’re looking for, as well as what the company is offering. You should also update your resume and reach out to any connections you may have. Finally, don’t settle. If you were unhappy with your old job, don’t settle for a new one just because you are tired of looking. If you are looking in any of the industries we serve, upload your resume to us! We’ll help you find the career you are looking for!