Tired of the stress of the pandemic, feeling misunderstood, frustrated with low wages and lack of future growth, workers decided to quit even if no other job appeared.
In 2021, we’ve seen a massive shift in the global workforce and people are leaving their jobs at a higher rate than ever before.
This pandemic has exposed long-standing problems within the transition economy and workforce, whether it is the shift to so-called tomorrow's jobs or changes in the culture of work.
As of March 2020, millions of people have lost their jobs almost overnight as government leaders shut down non-essential activities. The result: many couldn’t pay their bills and were forced to find other ways to make ends meet.
No workers due to the great resignation
Now businesses are opening up again, employers struggle to find workers. The reality is forcing power dynamics to shift towards work, as companies find themselves moving around groups of workers who are in no rush to return to their old jobs.
With the percentage of parents leaving, especially mothers at a much higher rate. It is clear that if employees want to hold on to valuable and talented staff, they need to start normalising a life beyond the desk and invest in their people.
It is no secret that workers have been asking for a better work-life balance, better wages and more support for (mental) health. In a 2018 study conducted by Harvard University, for example, 53% reported to struggle with work-life balance.
However, almost none of the businesses felt the urge to do anything different as other “important matters” took priority. Not knowing the pandemic would take over the world by a storm in the matter of just a few years.
Susanne Grant is a multi Award-winning Work-Life Balance Integration Expert, Intuitive Business Coach & Consultant and International Bestselling 2x Author.