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The Great Resignation - Why People are STILL Leaving Their Jobs

Whether that be as a result of burnout, or a generally toxic culture, we examine the reasons that people are turning their backs on their places of work.


By Sophie Jarvis I December 14, 2021

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in the number of employees leaving the workplace. This reached a new high in November 2021, when 4.5 million U.S. workers quit their jobs. Dubbed The Great Resignation, this mass exodus from the workplace demonstrates that many employees have realized that enough is enough. Whether that be as a result of burnout, or a generally toxic culture, we examine the reasons that people are turning their backs on their places of work.


1. They just don’t want to go back to the office: The pandemic oversaw a move to remote working, as companies closed their offices in line with government guidelines. Many have found this preferable, as it negates the need for commuting to and from work, and affords more flexibility. If companies aren’t continuing to allow their staff to work from home, despite evidence that it has been successful, employees may opt to leave their job in favor of finding a workplace that allows remote work.

2. They’ve been given the time and space to reflect on both their personal and professional lives: The last two years have afforded people some time to reflect on their lives and evaluate what makes them happy, both in a personal and a professional sense. Employees who have realized that they don’t enjoy their jobs are taking the leap to find a career that they do enjoy, leaving behind the one they don’t.

3. Burnout: While remote working brings about many positives, it often leads to blurred lines between work and home life. Many have found it difficult to switch off after a day’s work, as their work takes place in their home. This has led to an increase in incidences of burnout. According to a survey by Microsoft, 54 percent of workers feel overworked and 39 percent feel exhausted.

4. Toxic culture: Companies with a history of fostering poor working environments made decisions – such as making layoffs - throughout the pandemic that prioritized the company over employees. Such decisions have led to remaining unhappy employees quitting due to dissatisfaction with their workplace.

5. Insufficient salary: Due to websites such as Glassdoor, it’s now easier than ever for individuals to research the ins and outs of their job, including the average salary across the country for their particular role. This transparency means that some workers are opting to take their skillset elsewhere, where they can expect better financial remuneration.

6. Failure to recognize performance: For employees to feel valued in their workplace, their hard work must be recognized and rewarded accordingly. Failure to do so will lead workers to feel frustrated and undervalued, which can push them to find a different place of work.

7. Maltreatment: Despite the rising advent of remote work, many are still finding that discriminatory behavior and passive aggression are rife in the workplace. If management fails to respond adequately to complaints of workplace bullying, staff may seek employment elsewhere. As an unhappy employee it’s important to track incidences of uncomfortable or unwanted behavior. By downloading Trael, you can keep note of any unpleasant occurrences, and this information can be turned into a report that can be shared with medical or legal professionals.

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