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It is believed that more people than ever have vacillated in their careers. This has become an unquestionable cliché in the pandemic era. They call it a great resignation. Why not just throw everything into the air and start again? What is your loss? Looking for a new pasture. Make bold moves. Become the new post-Covid you.
This is a strong assumption. In the past week, I have had several conversations with friends from large companies, and they have instinctively planned for 2022 around the idea that they might lose key people in the workforce. But is this shrewd? Or touch Covid to have a fever? After all, “The Great Resignation” is easy to imagine, but impossible to prove. The data that proves its long-term existence will take years to appear. So I want to know whether we should look at it on the surface?
First, it obscures other equally effective competition facts. Many people actually appreciate their work more than ever. (I’m not sure if the “Thanksgiving Revolution” will take off like a “great resignation”, but I put it there just in case.) If you’re currently financially stable, it’s the same as in the past 18 months. Thousands of people have been hit economically. As in times of crisis, work has been the lifeblood of many of us during the pandemic. You can easily build a case that proves that people are now more than ever able to establish emotional connections with their professional institutions.
Many people breathed a sigh of relief because the corporate world finally realized that working from home is not just for weirdos and slackers. I really want to get more balance, more initiative, more consideration of mental health, and reduced attendance. And all this does not even consider the small issues of hard data about the unfriendly current economic climate.
According to data from the Bank of England, one-third of small businesses in the UK are heavily indebted, which has more than doubled from before the pandemic. The bank warned last month that by the end of December, the possibility of company failure may increase.Earlier this year, a survey of SMEs In the U.S It was found that a quarter are being laid off, and only more than half do not plan to re-employ within the next six months.
I just don’t believe that millions of middle-class workers wake up and think: “It’s finally time to open a Pilates studio!” Or: “I can upgrade by being promoted with our biggest competitor! “They are more likely to be thinking, “How can I hold on to what I have? How can I find stability?” The truth is, if you want to weigh some anecdotal evidence, you might find the same number of requests for everyone to return five days a week. Stern bosses who come to the office and fledgling entrepreneurs who want to start an ecological foraging business. None of these outliers will drive change on a large scale.
Of course, there will still be people who decide to make big changes now or never, whether it’s a lateral jump, an upward jump, or an outward jump. But this is risky behavior. I mean it is a free way. Risk breeds entrepreneurship, creativity, and progress. However, based on my understanding of this personality type (because I am this personality type), I find it hard to believe that the pandemic will produce more of this behavior than the pre-pandemic period.
It is certainly more likely to produce a very different kind of “great resignation.” Because this word has another definition. Resignation. Post it. Embrace perseverance. We all know the story of some couples contacting a divorce lawyer at the end of the first week of the lockdown because they could not endure more than 72 hours in the same family space. But I no longer hear stories about people’s sudden enlightenment in personal relationships. The worst moment of the pandemic has prevented the panic buying of lifeboats. Those of us who are united with our professional and personal destiny will hold on to the mast even more tightly, surrendering noblely to reality and the devil as we know it.
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