According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a clear upward swing in the job market. However, in the midst of this growth is also the risk of employees leaving their jobs to seek other opportunities that support their wellbeing.
In fact, Monster Worldwide’s most recent data revealed that 95% of workers are thinking about quitting their job for a new one. In short, the Great Resignation is no joke.
The past 15 months have caused workers to reevaluate their careers and how it relates to their own work-life balance. Because of this and their recent workplace experiences, more professionals are looking for positions that offer more flexibility and an optimistic future.
The poll of 649 workers showed that the main reasons people want to leave their jobs include experiencing burnout or the lack of growth opportunities.
“We’ve seen a fundamental shift in terms of the environment between where we were and where we are now, which reflects a lot more optimism and positivity around employees and the opportunities now available to them,” said Scott Blumsack, SVP research and insights at Monster Worldwide. “As we have seen employers add record numbers of jobs, they [employees] see there are opportunities out there, and they may as well start dipping their toe in the water.”
Organizations have a responsibility to their employees moving forward. Instead of trying to force operations to return to pre-pandemic normalcy, leaders need to accept that employees need flexibility, and they are more than willing to walk away from their current role to get it.