The Great Resignation: A Prime Opportunity to Break Out
Coronavirus has had many lasting effects that have shaken up the status quo in many ways unseen before. In a time where many are still afraid to go out into public, remote work options have proven to be a viable and, in some cases, improved morale and productivity it seems. Forbes reports, “according to a new study, most individuals agree that working from home has been productive for their overall wellness and report feeling that continuing to have options for flexible hours and location would improve their mental health.”. This is the first time in history that such large group of individuals has been given the option to avoid the workplace, long commutes, and the social retention it takes to stay mentally alert all day at a nine to five.
Workers have also found a new sense of value to the work they are providing to employers. As NPR puts it, “Many are rethinking what work means to them, how they are valued, and how they spend their time.”. Because individuals feel they are not receiving the respect they have earned via their hard-fought hours in the office there has been a mass exodus of able workers from the labor market. This is being dubbed The Great Resignation as over 4 million people quit their jobs in the month of August alone per the U.S. Bureau of labor Statistics. Many people are coming to understand that the grind simply wasn’t worth the struggle. At the same time, employers are being handed a completely unique situation in which they are having difficulty finding people to fill these newly vacant roles, and at the same time causing the stock in current employees to soar.
What does this mean for you? Well firstly as an employee you should take a hard look at your situation to gauge whether you are truly happy doing what you’re doing. Next, asses your worth and be confident, maybe even a bit selective in how you approach the job hunt. Understand that you are an asset to any team and bring an abundance of skills to the table, even if it is your own table and you may or may not be in your PJs while interviewing for positions.
On the flip side of this, as an employer it is more important than ever to assist the team that surrounds you. Listen to what these folks are saying and truly try to enact positive changes. Also, understand the value of these employees and that retaining a trusted and diligent staff will reign in major dividends in the long run. Also, as much as possible, avoid forcing workers back into the office as it may appear to staff that you don’t value not only their time but their safety and wellbeing. Being open and transparent is also key to making workers feel appreciated. Inc.com states that there is ” Nothing fancier than career transparency, or a clear sense among employees of how they can grow in their jobs and how the company will support their efforts to reach their goals.”. Communication is vital to a strong employee to employer relationship, especially in gaining the trust of those around you.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether you are looking for a new job, to launch your own business, or need to entice your staff to stay punctual it’s important to know who you can turn to. Here at America = we offer a vast deal of resources to help anyone achieve their financial goals. There should always be an end goal in sight and through one of our coaching sessions you will be given the insight and structure to propel yourself further than you ever imagined you could go.