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Four million people quit their jobs recently: Hooray for them

Times are changing. Noise is everywhere. We are living through a cacophony of worried and helpful voices. We now are hungry for meaningful change. The workplace is now remote. The workplace has divided people into categories of “essentialness”. As such people as a workforce are changing their perspective on the labor market.

According to recently released statistics, four million people quit their jobs in the United States a few months back. Before there was a song “take this job and shove it”. It seems that song and sentiment has been amplified. People are even more so saying “thanks, but I won’t take that job”. There are options, supposedly. Many people don’t even want to go into a workplace anymore. They are perfectly comfortable working in pajamas in front of a camera.

There will be those who understand this shift and try to adjust standards. There will be those who completely miss the mark and try to hold onto the ways of yore. It will be a tug of war going forward. Buckle up!

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  1. I can empathize. You’d think with all the insanity of the pandemic that some lessons might be learned, but apparently many employers insist on doing things the way they always have, regardless if those ways were beneficial. I don’t blame those employees for moving on.

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  2. I’ve worked from home since March of 2020 and it’s become abundantly clear that it’s not healthy. I don’t think “working from home” is even an accurate description. Really I’m living where I work. There’s no leaving the office at a certain time and getting to “go home” to the family. Instead I fee like family has become a distraction, an obstacle to getting done what I need to get done. Every interruption tacks more time to the end of my day which already never seems to end. On a good day I can get offline by 11 pm. There was a lot of value to the separation between work and home. Even the adjustment period during the commute to and from the office, stressful as that could be, was an important factor in keeping balance. I think companies permanently moving to a virtual workspace benefits them more than employees – lower expenses and a much larger pool of talent. Meanwhile employees face much greater competition in getting a job and may have to take a much lower wage to compete with those from geographies with a lower cost of living. And absent the home-office separation, expectations are much higher, deadlines are much shorter, hours are longer, and if you happen to fall ill – better hope it falls on a weekend, holiday, or other convenient time.

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