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November 1, 2021
You’ve likely heard of the “Great Resignation” a term recently coined by Anthony Klotz, a Management Professor from Texas A&M, who predicted a mass and voluntary exodus from the workforce
Well, it’s happening. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, four million Americans quit their jobs in August 2021, alone. The highest departures are among the 30-45 career professionals with the 20-25 being the second highest.
Employees are leaving for many different reasons.
They are leaving the company. They are disappointed with how the company has treated them during the pandemic. Many companies have focused more on profits than the people who help them make the profits, and now they are facing the consequences.
They are leaving their manager. Even if the company might be great, but their manager has not been supportive or concerned about the impact that COVID has on the mental and physical health of the people they manage.
They are leaving the job. The role they once loved has changed and, with going remote, the responsibilities may have grown while growth opportunities have diminished.
If you have left your job or if you are thinking about doing so, it is essential that you assess the factors that are driving you to leave. The pandemic may have been the catalyst to help you make your decision, but there’s always something deeper going on. Digging into your unique “something deeper” is essential for helping you move forward. If you don’t know the “why” of such a big decision, how will you know if the next job you find is the right one?
To begin understanding your “why,” answer the questions below:
About the company:
- What is it like to work there?
- What is the culture like?
- Looking at your answers to #1 and #2 above: What is a match for who you are and what is not?
About the manager:
- How is their management style congruent with how you like to be managed, and how is it not?
- In what ways do they support you in your professional development, and how do they not?
- How do they care about your overall well-being, and how do they not?
About the job:
- When you think back when you were first hired or promoted into the most recent role, why were you excited about it?
- What did you hope to learn, and did you learn it?
- In what ways do you find your role challenging, rewarding, or demanding… and in what ways do you not?
Your answers to these questions can help you define what you are looking for in your next role.
When we cut to the chase, every theme of the “Great Resignation” points to the fact that employees are leaving their jobs because they are not happy. They want something else that their existing company, job, and manager are not able to provide.
If you have left or are thinking of leaving, make sure you clearly understand your reasons why. Your answers to the questions above will help you create the path to a new position that will fulfill you in the ways that you need.
Do you want to make sure you're happy in your next job?
Use this worksheet to clarify what you need in the next company you work for.