The Great Resignation has arrived.
Today, perhaps more than ever before, employees are thoughtfully reassessing their relationship with their work, their colleagues, and their organization. In the wake of 2020’s global pandemic and greater spotlight on racial injustice, 2021 has been a time of reckoning for many people who are asking themselves: Does my current work environment serve me? Is my work fulfilling? Why, or why not? Do I have a clear path to grow in my role or in my company’s organizational structure? And, does this job allow me to reserve enough time and energy for the things that really fuel me, so I can bring my best self to work each day?
Unequivocally, employees have leverage in today’s job market. They’re deciding which benefits mean the most to them, and they’re not settling for lackluster commitments when they approach the negotiating table. This means a new call for flexibility, introspection, and thoughtfulness on the part of not only recruiters and hiring managers but also business leadership. It also means calling organizations into greater accountability as it pertains to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) best practices—a commitment that creates strong corporate culture and improves bottom-line results.