The Future. Despite a year filled with layoffs, cutbacks, and inflation, the Great Resignation hasn’t died down, with many American workers still signaling that they’re on the hunt for better, higher-paying jobs. The takeaway here may be that employees feel like they can’t survive the skyrocketing cost of living without more income or benefits, so people are getting aggressive about securing that before their current situation becomes untenable.
While a struggling economy usually inspires people to keep their jobs, workers are increasingly looking for greener pastures to ride things out.
- Bankrate found that even though one-third of US adults are concerned about job security, half of them plan to quit in the next year, while 88% plan to at least take some action, like demanding a higher income or more flexibility.
- FlexJobs found that 42% are considering leaving their jobs, while 39% are concerned about getting laid off (complex times).
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 3.8 million people resigned from their jobs each month in the first four months of this year — far above pre-pandemic levels.
Factoring in a bonafide labor movement, surging transparency around pay and working conditions, and a focus on work-life balance, the average American worker may just be fed up with the status quo… no matter the conditions.