It sounds perfunctory, like a collective pout or impromptu global strike: “The Great Resignation” or “The Big Quit.” Somehow, the global economy finds itself with more job openings than people to fill the roles, due in part to employees’ reluctance to return to traditional, 9-5 jobs after more than a year of pandemic upheaval.
This phenomenon is more than a whim though. It’s an awakening rooted in unprecedented circumstances. Before we talk about how employers can counteract employee turnover, let’s talk about what your business is up against.
It’s been a century since the last global pandemic, but never before has such a devastating health crisis coincided with such a tech-savvy global economy. COVID-19 broke into our communities at a unique inflection point when video conferencing, social media, and other software advancements made it possible for the world to remain moderately connected despite social distancing and stay-at-home mandates.