‘The Great Resignation’ Misses the Point

from Wired

IN EARLY MAY, Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University, did an interview with Bloomberg about a possible spike in job turnover. “The Great Resignation is coming,” he warned. A few weeks later, the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed a record 4 million Americans had left their jobs in April. Suddenly, people were reaching for ways to refer to the phenomenon unfolding before them—to brand it, to make sense of it. Klotz’s catchy off-the-cuff terminology, now printed on Bloomberg’s pages, seemed to fit the bill. And just like that, a name was born.

We are in a moment of pervasive change across American life, and in turn there are many new things we must now put into words. One of these has been a radical shift in Americans’ relationship with work. Spanning industries and income levels, people are, as Klotz predicted, leaving their jobs in unprecedented numbers. They are changing employers, “downshifting” on the career ladder, or taking time away from the workforce altogether. With new clarity and savings from the Covid era, some workers have stepped back from precarious frontline jobs made brutally hard in the pandemic. Others report forgoing opportunities for money or status in exchange for greater flexibility and self-determination. Collectively, this reckoning has gained momentum under different titles: the Big Quit, the Great Reshuffle, among others. But the Great Resignation has gained consensus as the clear winner.

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  1. More and more people are deciding to quit their jobs. Ever since the pandemic, people have been reevaluating their lives, especially in terms of what is important to a good work-life balance. The sad reality is that compared to the rest of the world, American workers are shafted by their employers. America not only has the least amount of time off of any 1st world nation, but it also provides next to no maternal/paternal leave and little flexibility. Workers are expected to work themselves like dogs, for unreasonable hours, in less than favorable conditions year-round. Not to mention, the people who work at minimum wage quite literally cannot sustain themselves. The Great Resignation, just as the article suggests, seems to imply that workers are simply leaving their jobs without reason. It seems to suggest that this crisis is one for employers, not the workers. In reality, the greatest concern is the continued exploitation and labor conditions in America causing a significant mental health downturn among workers. Now is simply when people have realized how horrible those circumstances were. The pandemic put certain groups of workers at unprecedented risk, and for most of them, they were likely expected to carry out their tasks just the same as if we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic. For the other workers, many employers were simply unwilling to accommodate for proper virtual spaces or were simply unable to due to the nature of the work involved. In the midst of all these employers scrambling to do what they could to save money, the workers were disregarded. Many were fired, got sick because they were still expected to work in person, or became so burned out that they quit. And that is precisely what we are seeing now. Likely, many people are finally realizing their worth and values, and seeing how their employment is either actively inhibiting their goals, or causing unnecessary stress that could be alleviated in another industry, company, or place altogether. The ball is now in the hands of all this nation’s employers and the government, as we need to see better federal requirements for workspace quality, or else we will likely see this Great Resignation continue for who knows how long.

  2. I believe this article made a lot of good points, especially in regards to the huge issues that can occur with a large number of workers leaving their jobs. These shortages of employees can also be considered as very bad for many companies, but it seems many facilities could have had this issue for a while now. This also begs the question of how the issue has grown with the current trend, many workers want certain things in a job, which is causing workers to leave for better work cultures, better hours, and even more free time to do as a person pleases. Freedom seems to be the driving factor currently, many want to have a better life outside of work, therefore, they want to be able to choose their hours more and even possibly work where they choose. Moreover, this creates the issue of some company’s just not having the know-how to fix some of these issues/holes before workers decide to leave the company. Furthermore, there is also the very relevant subject of how these worker demand shifts can affect a company long term. For many, the issue could cause their operations to either be halted or even overtaken due to the scheduling issue, you don’t want to overwork the workers currently with the company but in a position such as that you need people to work to meet deadlines.

    Companies as a whole are only mainly worried about their main goals, and deal with issues are that are relevant at the moment. Although, the issue that is really important here is the fact that many companies are very vulnerable to employees starting to leave, especially as the world is opening up more with more opportunities for jobs. The issue stands that something needs to change or this issue will continue to happen to companies not ensuring their employees are happy in their job. Although, it seems many are not going that route due to either cutting expenses or just putting focus elsewhere that may be more important at the moment. Overall, it breaks down to a company’s choice, some may not see it as valuable and a necessity currently but the issue is the company’s need to be ready for employees to leave when they want. That may not mean to post jobs for currently filled positions, but more in the sense of creating a better work environment. By getting feedback from your employees on how they feel and what they want you can ensure satisfaction while keeping hiring costs lower through needing to hire people less often for empty roles.

  3. The article “The Great Resignation’ Misses the Point” by Kathryn Hymes brings many valid points in regards to the large number of workers that have been leaving the workforce since the pandemic. Some of the main reasons for the amount of workers are due to the change in workstyle due to COVID. More people are starting to prioritize their work life balance in order to maintain their own happiness after seeing that it would be possible to work from home and be more present in their lives outside of work. Schedule flexibility has been one of the main job requirements that workers are now looking for, making it really hard for employers to find loyal and consistent employees.

    In addition to the lack of workers, the short cycle of workers who never buy into the company values and beliefs will not represent the companies in the way they want to be. For example, the ethical side of workers is totally uncontrollable to employers due to everyone’s unique upbringings. The dire need of workers in places such as the fast food industry results in worse quality of hiring which will poorly affect companies such as McDonalds in the long run.

    In order for businesses to gain the trust and loyalty from their employees, they will need to better their relationship with employees through their company culture. By acknowledging the fact that all employees are going to be treated well will go a long way after COVID exposed that some workers were expected to maintain the same standard and quality of work during the peak of the pandemic for little pay and little recognition. The article suggests that this is more so a problem for the employers rather than workers. Until employers are willing to accommodate the basic needs and requests of their employees, they will have a hard time maintaining quality employees.

    The burnout has been exposed and ethically, employers should be more accommodating to their needs and find other ways to still engage interest from employees. Another questionable moment during the pandemic is the lack of healthcare options that employers were willing to offer. For the low wage workers who still had to show up to work and ended up getting sick because of this, they would rarely be supported by the company for paid time off. Proactive companies have been able to push off these consequences by improving company culture by asking for employee feedback and applying it, more time off, more flexible work weeks, etc. It’s now up to employers around the world to decide if they really care about their own employees or are looking out for themselves more.

  4. The Great Resignation is a new term given to the phenomenon of millions of Americans resigning and leaving their jobs recently. Because of COVID-19, people have a new perspective on work life and how to be flexible and successfully integrate home life into the day. I know from personal experience, I had never had a real job, other than babysitting, before I received a remote job over COVID. I only had to go into the office a few times a week which was very convenient as I had a 50 minute commute. I got used to being able to work from the comfort of my own home, spend time with my family, avoid the lengthy commute, make meals at home, and save money on both gas and food. I have now had this position for almost two years and have become very accustomed to this flexibility and convenience. Logistically, my position works well being away from the office but I see how some positions are not able to function properly fully from home. However, I think that because I have become used to the convenience at working from home, it would be difficult to have a regular job.
    A large part of this article discusses how the creation of the name The Great Resignation came about. It resembles the name for The Great Recession, which was a devastating time in the American economy. Millions of Americans were under the poverty line and the economy plummeted as many people stopped working and purchasing things. Many people were also fired from their jobs because of the lack of work. Back then, people would have done everything to stay at their jobs, but now people are leaving on their own merit. The vast difference between these two realities makes the names even more ironic.
    The name relates more to the corporate side of the business world as it sends a type of fear toward business owners and CEOs. Saying that the Great Resignation is coming and questioning whether an organization will get through it or not is a lot more frightening to company executives than to employees. Since the employees are the ones leaving, it is on their own account and affects them less than corporations. It will be interesting to see how the Great Resignation will be discussed in history books later on and if employees will be seen at fault or for doing the right thing for themselves. It will also be interesting to see how this trend will affect the future of workplace life balance and working from home.

  5. This article “The Great Resignation Misses the Point” made some really interesting points to the recent labor shortage which was caused by the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak. This recent outbreak which turned into a pandemic has affected the economy in many different ways. One of these effects which also just so happens to be one of the biggest is the job shortage. While unemployment numbers have been getting lower, that doesn’t mean that the job shortage is going away. Someone needed to remind me a while ago that the unemployment rate doesn’t measure how many people are unemployed, but how many people that are looking for a job and are unemployed. The fact of the matter is that no one wants to go back to work. We have seen it in many different areas and the everyday consumer has felt the impacts. One of the biggest sectors which we have seen a major impact on is transportation. The transportation sector has taken a beating and has been brought to a halt due to a lack of drivers, shippers, and other forms of transportation workers. Supply chain has been severely affected by this shortage and hundreds of cargo ships where each one is loaded with billions of dollars worth of inventory is waiting to be unloaded. 90 percent of all products are on a truck at some point and most also touch ships as well. The fact is that because of a lack of transportation workers, supply chain has been halted and consumers are not getting the goods they need and want. This holiday season will certainly be a big test for the supply chain as many believe that it will not be able to hold up. There are many different opinions as to why people are not working but one thing is for sure, that Anthony Klotz (who was brought up in the article) was certainly right while predicting this. One thing is for certain, this labor shortage is no friend to the US economy. It is clear that something or somethings will have to change in order to get these people back to work. Whether it means raising wages, increasing employee benefits, or making the job more worker friendly, something must change in order to solve this crisis. This could be a problem that could get much worse and could linger in the future and could potentially harm the economy extremely if not tended to.

  6. Covid has thrown nothing short of a monkey wrench in the norm of daily life. And this doesn’t just apply to the US, but to countries all over the world. Although it was never asked for, it is something that we all have to deal with and shift our priorities to meet this new way of life. In all honesty, I have never been so proud and amazed at the ability of the human race to adapt to such a challenging event. Even though Covid has changed my own life, I am glad that I was able to live through and experience something as impactful as this pandemic. I’m not usually the optimistic type either, but I think as a society, we are going to build back even stronger. If something like this were to ever happen again, I believe we are much more prepared to handle a pandemic and put measures in place to protect our citizens.

    When it comes to the workforce, there is a very observable “great resignation” happening at the moment. Regardless of cute names that recognize the influences and trends of our day, the fact that people are leaving the workforce in such great numbers should be alarming to all. Without even factoring in the vaccine mandates, people were leaving the workforce in droves. An increase in unemployment has very drastic consequences on society at large. For one, as unemployment rises so does the rate of crime, as people may turn to crime to meet their economic needs. Beyond that, as unemployment rises, consumer spending and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fall as a result, leading to a worse off national economy. There is a severe impact from leaving the workforce at an individual level as well. As income is decreased, individuals’ standard of living decreases at a rapid rate from what it was when they were employed. This can have a number of psychological and physical consequences on the individual, leading to overall poorer health. As mental health declines, we may see an increase in suicide rates as a result. I agree with the author when he says “There is tremendous power in a name; it has the potential to shape how a given time in history is processed,” however, I do not believe that history will reflect on this pandemic as “the great resignation”. Instead, I believe that people leaving the workforce will only be a slice of the bigger cake that is “The Covid Era”.

  7. I have been hearing stories of people voluntarily quitting their jobs in record numbers for a couple of months now, but I did not know that the term referring to it is the Great Resignation. I first heard about the record number of people quitting their jobs when the GDP of the 1st quarter came out and showed that the number of jobs was significantly below the projected number the Biden White House gave during the campaign. The belief was that after the COVID-19 vaccine came out in late 2020, many people would be more than eager to get back to work after months of being shut down by lockdown mandates and stay at home orders. Many people were upset and blamed Biden for the lack of job growth due to his rhetoric, which was more reserved than former president Donald Trump, who promised that if he got reelected, 2021 would be one of the biggest economic turnarounds the country had ever seen. It wouldn’t take an economist to understand that it was a bit futile to try to project with certainty what the job market would look like in the first quarter. The thing with the Great Resignation is that you cannot predict the number of people who are fed up with their office job and are perfectly fine with quitting their jobs. As someone who has no interest at all with ever working an office job, I understand how something so significant like a global pandemic could make someone realize that life is too short to be working at a job you do not like at all, but for some reason, there were attempts to try to predict how the majority of people would react to going back to work after a life-halting incident like the COVID-19 pandemic. In my personal opinion, I believe that this “Great Resignation” is a great number of people realizing how much they hated their jobs before the pandemic and realizing that life is not promised, and they would rather work in a more comfortable environment and improve their mental health. On the surface level, seeing a record number of resignations is a bad thing, but I believe that this could be a tipping point in society where people took their lives in their hands after a pandemic and made the most of what they could.

  8. With masses of the United States population leaving their jobs, the possibility of a “Great Resignation” occurring is more likely than ever. This is due to a few factors, the first of which being the Covid-19 pandemic. Many people resorted to quitting their jobs, and collecting unemployment instead of working, which many individuals benefited from.

  9. When the COVID-19 pandemic originally broke out at the beginning of 2020, it seemed like there was an infinite number of repercussions that the world could face entering lockdowns to prevent the spread of the pandemic. One thing that I was originally worried about was companies having to cut off the production of unnecessary items in order to prevent the spread. I thought this would result in millions of Americans becoming unemployed, which at the beginning of the pandemic was the case. However now it seems like while we are not back to normal, our government is ready to 100% reopen our economy from an industrial standpoint. The fact that we are now in the period of great resignation goes to show that there is a strong disconnect between what corporate America desires from their employees and what the average American strives for in their everyday lives. Being forced to stay home, many Americans were forced to explore opportunities through self-employment to earn a non-traditional income due to the unemployment rate getting as high as 15%. Some Americans simply do not want to sell their lives and their dignity for a somewhat livable salary to grow the companies that they are employed by. However American entrepreneurship skyrocketing up is not telling of the full story of the great resignation. More Americans received unemployment during the covid pandemic than ever before, and it is clear that many Americans became overly dependent on the benefits. Even as vaccination rates went up in 2021, and covid case rates went down significantly, few Americans that had still been on unemployment going into 2021 felt the need to go to work after this. Now employers are looking long and hard to get their employees back, yet it seems like many Americans are reluctant to enter the workforce. I guess that it is part of human nature to not work any harder than it is required in order to survive. This is because as we evolved as a species, life could be very difficult as far as the fight for surviving on a daily basis. However, in our modern era especially due to the pandemic, it can be as easy as checking some boxes on some government forms and being able to collect a check. Furthermore, there is a clear distinction between hardworking Americans who want to better their own situation by working for themselves and those who just don’t want to work at all in this “Great Resignation”.

  10. The rising resignation rate marks the so-called “great resignation” after the pandemic. Although not all resignations are bad, the efforts to retain their best talents in companies have had a negative impact on some industries. The labor shortage caused by the “big resignation” has become a problem that the US government must solve.

    The current inflation in the United States is very serious. In addition, inflation has also “shrinked” workers’ incomes, and the same wages cannot buy the same amount of things as before. This reality has hit the workers’ motivation to work. In this case, a large number of Americans chose to resign, but this has made the operation of some American companies difficult, so these companies are “anxious” and have to raise salaries over and over again to “rob” labor.

    Secondly, there is the resurgence of the epidemic and the unemployment subsidy distributed by the US government. Many Americans do not have other jobs, but because of fear of the epidemic, most of them choose to quit their jobs. In addition, some Americans still live by receiving government subsidies, so since they can get money at home when they are unemployed, why bother to work hard.

  11. The Great Resignation is a pretty good term to put it simply for the number of people that are leaving their jobs in this day and age. I believe that the use of technology had to play a big role in this exponential rate of resignations. Because I have been noticing a lot of people that I see on the internet even in my own job leave this year more than ever than it has been in the past years. The retention rate for many companies is considerably low and a lot of people are deciding to go into this new way of making money which is by being self-employed. Because it is important to know that not only did the rate of resignations do up but so did a lot of people with their small businesses. I feel like there is an over-saturation of business that it is almost impossible to not find something that you need. Also, people seem to prefer leaving their jobs and taking the risk of starting their own company because it brings them much more happiness and control over their own life and decisions since the individual is in charge of their own work. Quite a lot of younger people have gone into the venture of beginning their own business because of the amount of popularity that this career path has brought to a lot of social media platforms. It is especially important for this generation to be able to have a decent amount of income flowing in considering how expensive the cost of living has gotten in quite a few amount of states. Considering how the US thrives on the prospect that people need to be individualistic it is to no surprise that this new type of lifestyle is more common here than in any other part of the world. Not to negate the fact that some countries run with this type of ideal, but the US is just known for it. However, if we were to look at this from a business perspective the reason for a lot of layoffs could also be because of the buyouts of certain companies, small businesses having a greater influence now than before, the integration of machines making the company more automated. And because the US is so individualistic the keeping of elder employees isn’t needed anymore, since companies would want to keep younger minds since the times are constantly progressing and becoming more and more technologically advanced. Evidently, the younger generation that grew up in this new age of technology will know how to use technology much better than the generations before. So that is another factor as to why resignations have become such a high lately.

  12. This topic is something that I am not shocked by. I have noticed at my job alone that staff just seems to come and go within the last couple of months. I have seen three of my bosses go in just the last two months alone, and one of them quit before they even started. However, I agree with the article that the number of people quitting is not the main tagline for this crisis. Using the name “the Great Resignation” completely misses the ballpark of the true storyline here, American values are changing rapidly post Covid. I have found myself asking more than I handful of times, “why did they decide to leave? What changed?” when speaking with my coworkers in recent months. After dealing with the pandemic for two years, many people are either sick of working from home, do not want to return to the office, or have begun to prioritize family over work. After reading this article, it is clear that there has been a serious shift in American values as society has begun changing its priorities. There were plenty of value points made throughout this article and I believe all of them are valid in their own sense.
    When I first saw the name, “the Great Resignation”, I thought, “this must refer to the way people are leaving their jobs”. I never thought about the why behind it. After reading this article, I agree that it is important to emphasize the causes behind people resigning. Mental health has been a long-standing topic since the birth of covid-19 and as more and more people quit their jobs, it is becoming increasingly more important to address these concerns. I am very curious about what employers are going to do to combat this resignation crisis. I would love to see them focus more on employee mental health both on and off the job. When employees feel important and as though their company actually cares about them, they are more likely to remain with the employer. It is obvious that remaining ignorant of the issue will not solve anything. I know that my job is struggling to find new employees in all areas. They tried holding a job fair, increasing the wage, and have still found no luck. It is clear that Americans no longer feel the same way about working as they once did and it will be interesting to see where society and the labor force go from here.

  13. The great resignation I believe is due mainly to technology. In my opinion, there hasn’t been more ways to make money then there is today. A big reason for this is the development of the internet. The ways people make money has transformed into something different. People are no longer training and going to school to look for an office or factory job. People stride to be entrepreneurs, especially this upcoming generation who are looking to shake up the current norm when it comes to society. It seems like people are beginning to invest in stocks at early ages nowadays. Me and my friends currently invest, trying hard to make a big profit. As we know, people make a living off the stock market, making hundreds of thousands of dollars just by studying the market. With access to it seemingly easier, more and more people are beginning to invest and at a younger age. Self-employment, though raising in percentages slightly, could also be a playing a factor in the great resignation. Recent events showed how job stability is a huge problem. While self-employed, being laid off is impossible since you’re your own boss. You can run a very successful self ran company that ships products out during any global situation. This pandemic is also responsible for this new trend. The pandemic made people realize how quick things can go from alright to horrible, changing a lot of people’s views on life. A lot of very healthy people seen their lives changed forever due to the virus. Though a year ago, the virus is still lingering around and changing how people act. Remembering how devasting it was, people are still uneasy when it comes to in person jobs, leading to their resignation. The jump in resignation and the time in which the pandemic occurred are definitely not coincidences. The economy is still recovering from the damages of the pandemic. A lot of businesses that took a hard hit are still struggling to pay their workers. Workers who feel as if they aren’t getting paid enough are deciding to quit their jobs either to work somewhere else to try something new altogether.

  14. Whether system-relevant and on-site or with laptops and children in the home office – the pandemic remains a stress test for working people. For many people, this leads them to take a close look at their professional situation. The “Great Resignation” is the ongoing trend of employees voluntarily leaving their jobs. The motives for planned terminations vary widely. Those who want to aim high but are trapped in a hamster wheel will sooner or later pull the emergency brake. During the corona pandemic, many employees questioned their previous job and realized that they expected more from life. The lack of appreciation for work performance is a major issue for many. Many employees wish to make a valuable contribution to their work. They hope that their work will have a meaningful effect. For just as many people, a poor work-life balance is also a reason for quitting. Especially during the pandemic: Those who lacked the necessary support for childcare will get the receipt in the coming year. Qualified employees will move to the competitors, where they may be offered more flexibility.
    Some sectors suffer significantly more under Corona than others – tourism, entertainment, and culture, for example. It’s no wonder that some of the people employed in these sectors say they have decided to retrain professionally as a result of the crisis. The desire for a crisis-proof employer is also reflected in the behavior of job seekers.
    Covid also changed our everyday working lives in one fell swoop; digital tools were suddenly essential. Many people realized that they were poorly positioned and needed to change something if they wanted to be successful in their jobs in the future.
    The pandemic has clearly shown how strongly jobs and employers shape our lives. Does my job give me security during the crisis? Or do I have to fear for my job? Does my employer show understanding of my family situation? The answers to these questions have had a significant impact on our well-being over the past year.

  15. This article essentially discusses how ‘The Great Resignation’ is the term given to the situation of millions of people resigning from their jobs right now in the United States because of the pandemic. There are many reasons that people are deciding to leave their jobs. The first being that people are “downshifting” on the career ladder. This means that they are leaving their stressful and demanding job for one of less pressure. Even though they have to sacrifice some money, they are okay with it because the Covid-19 virus has forced many people to look at life in a different way and reevaluate their current situation. After the pandemic, so many people want to live life with low stress and pressure instead of going back to their previously demanding jobs and this has caused a lot of resignations. Many people working on the frontlines also left their jobs because they did not want to put their health at risk during this brutal pandemic. Another reason why people left their jobs is that they wanted greater flexibility in their job. During the pandemic, many people working desk jobs were forced to work from home and did not have to come into the office for many months. Now that the pandemic is easing up a little bit, offices are starting to open again but some workers do not want to go back in person. I have personal experience with this issue. My dad is a CPA and works for a power company and he told me that so many of his employees are threatening to quit if they have to go back and work in person. This has put his company, and so many others, in a tough position because they want to go back to operating how things were before the pandemic, but at the same time, they do not want to lose a lot of their employees. Collectively, all the reasons I mentioned previously are why so many people are resigning from their jobs and it has caused a problem in our country. Almost everywhere you go, you see a ‘help wanted’ sign. It just shows you that our country is in need of more workers because of all the people that resigned throughout the pandemic. Overall, this article hit many key points about the situation in our country today and why we are in this situation.

  16. I really like the way the use of statistics in the beginning of the article. The fact that 4 million Americans left their jobs in April would make it understandable for someone to refer to this period of time as “The Great Resignation.” When I was reading the article at first, I did not understand why the author was so upset at this period of time being referred to as “The Great Resignation.” As the article continued, I started to see why she felt the need to make this article and share his perspective.
    First of all, I like how the author stresses how names represent moments in time. I like the examples she provides such as “The Great Depression” and “The Great Recession” as those phrases correlate with specific moments of time in history. I find the perspective of the phrase “The Great Resignation” being limited to be quite interesting. I understand the point the author makes that the term does not explain why people are leaving their jobs. However, with the other phrases they gave as examples, people need to understand the context of what was going on to fully understand the severity of those periods of time. I feel that it is no different when referring to this term. Despite me not fully agreeing with this point, I like how the authors talk about how the wellbeing of people should be a bigger conversation point when referring to this term.
    I think in this sense, I can understand the author’s perspective that this term deemphasizes some important issues that coincide with why people have been leaving their jobs. After this point, I like how she brings forward terms that she feels are more appropriate to this point in time. I agree with her that those two terms summarize this point of time better than “The Great Resignation” does. I also think these examples transitioned perfectly into her final remarks about the importance of a name. Overall, I am glad I read this article. As I said before, I was skeptical heading into the article. But admittedly, she did make a good argument about what is wrong with the term and why we should take these terms more seriously when creating them and recognizing them.

  17. I feel that this article made a lot of good points about the issue of many people quitting their jobs. Recently, more and more Americans have been quitting their jobs due to coronavirus and many other reasons, and it is spreading nationwide. I read a quote from the article saying “A few weeks later, the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirmed a record 4 million Americans had left their jobs in April. Suddenly, people were reaching for ways to refer to the phenomenon unfolding before them—to brand it, to make sense of it.” In my opinion, America overall is just becoming much lazier. I understand that there have been many hardships in the past couple of years, but back in the day, young Americans would work much harder for much less pay. Today, people just want to make the most amount of money with no work being done. I believe this has to do with our work ethic declining in this country and this new generation being lazy. I do not solely believe that and I think Covid also had a big part in this new mass quitting of jobs. I read an article from Forbes explaining the situation of a teacher during Covid, “When Tracy Travaglio of Pittsburgh returned to the classroom in fall of 2021 after more than a year teaching online, it was clear she was no longer solely a teacher. She was a symptom checker. A mask enforcer. A custodian, disinfecting desks between class periods. And those tasks were on top of the increasing paperwork that had crept over the years into her job teaching high school English, writing, and journalism. Panic attacks became a regular part of her day. “I felt like my number one job was to keep myself and my students safe at that point,” says Travaglio, who has a three-year-old son. “Everything else became secondary.” (Forbes.com). This quote is showing the hardships of a teacher during covid until she eventually quit. She was being forced to do all of these other jobs other than teaching, like mask checking, and making sure nobody was showing symptoms, and it led to too much stress and her quitting her teaching job. I believe that covid and laziness both play a big part in these quitting of jobs.

  18. The great resignation is certainly an interesting topic to discuss as well as to read about. The Covid pandemic impacted society in many ways, however one unique and maybe unexpected way that it changed society was allowing people to reconsider their own goals with life and how that ties into their careers. An interesting aspect of this article concerned the name great resignation and how we view it. They stated how the name implies that this issue is a crisis, and if people deciding to leave their jobs is a crisis then we need to reconsider our values. This makes sense to me, because our goal as society shouldn’t be to view people as workers, but to also respect their individual desires and aspirations for their own lives. People stated that the main factor they decided to leave their jobs was a reevaluation of their lives and what they truly value to be important. People are more than simply worker bees, so having a fulfilling life outside of work is an important aspect to being a well rounded human, and during the pandemic, many people realized this. With that being said, it’s important to understand this from the company’s perspective as well. The stress of work especially during the beginning of the pandemic also played a large role in people deciding that their lives would be better outside of the office. While there is more to life than work, at the end of the day companies need employees to stay running. A potential solution that would allow employers to have employees still feeling fulfilled in their lives would be improved working conditions and benefits. I feel like we are starting to move in this direction, and things like hybrid work seem to be a great start.

  19. The great resignation is something that I believe will have an effect on the world forever. The great resignation is a great term that represents a lot of Americans leaving their jobs in search for jobs that can conform to their desires and needs more. As a result of Covid-19 forcing the world into a lockdown people have gotten rather used to working from home. At first a lot of people were not too fond of it because they found themselves not being as productive, however it seems that a lot of people have gotten acclimated to it and even liking it. There are a lot of positives to people being able to work from home or from a remote sight. One of the first positives that is always brought up is that there is little to no commute if you are working from home. People can avoid sitting in traffic for hours on end, or having to sit on mass transit such as trains or buses which can be so dreadful. Another reason that people enjoy being able to work from home as much is, the people that have little children can save money on not paying for childcare. This is a big bonus because childcare can be expensive and exposing your child means that they are around more people and they tend to bring home more bacteria with them. Another reason why people like having the ability to work from home is because they are able to control the atmosphere around them. They can change the room, they can go outside, they can play music without having to worry that they are bothering their coworkers. These are all little things that obviously mean a lot if so many people are resigning at such a rapid rate. This is an important current event because this will forever effect how people will work. Companies will typically want people to work in an office because their productivity can always be measured and assessed better. But if people continue to resign and demand to work from home, it will be difficult for companies to force them back into the office and maybe have to conform to some sort of hybrid model.

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