Many companies are experiencing a wave of resignations, and it is the highest quit rate that the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found since 2000. Employers and HR leaders do not seem to have a solution to stop the resignation as the precise cause is unclear.
Job hunters speak to many people searching for a first or new job. They believe that pandemic burnout is one cause of many resignations in the recent past. The people resigning feel employers overworked them over the last few months. Others want to leave new employers after changing jobs because they feel they’re not receiving the appropriate training.
Experts feel there might be a need to adjust the satisfaction bar, but there are some considerations to think about before resigning.
- A decision to quit or change a career should be strategic and not reactive.
- Discern if a decision to quit stems from burnout. The conviction to choose between staying or leaving may be due to burnout. Workers should try other options like negotiating a different role, current needs, or reduced working hours. Another indicator of burnout is an urge to change career when over the age of 35. A good consideration at this age is to start a consultancy or work for a vendor in the same industry because mastering another can take a long amount of time.
- It is essential to carefully evaluate a pivotal career decision when dealing with the stress of Covid-19. The pandemic has made it even more critical to deal with your emotions before thinking or resigning without a backup in place. It may turn out to be a career-ender because jobs are scarce during a pandemic.
- Staying in the workplace temporarily might be the best strategy for the moment. Pivoting your career can mean taking a step back in both skill level and salary, so you have to be prepared for that. Other strategic decisions like consulting a career counselor and pursuing new options within your current career might be more rational than resigning. Those who feel their jobs have become unbearable can change to something that allows them to utilize their skills and experience in new and more profitable ways. For instance, someone with much experience in a security job can potentially become a salesperson for surveillance equipment.