Most Recent Articles on The Great Resignation

Employee Retention: What You Can Do to Reduce Burnout

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Jan 10, 2022

Through the "Great Resignation," employees are sending a strong message that their needs aren’t being met at work. The demands and challenges of the pandemic have led people to reexamine their lives and priorities and one topic in particular comes up often: burnout.

What is employee burnout?

Burnout results “from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed,” according to the World Health Organization, which updated its definition in 2019 to classify it as an occupational phenomenon and not a medical condition. Burnout is characterized by:

Read More

Tags: Employee Engagement, The Great Resignation

Employees’ Digital Overload and What You Can Do About It

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Dec 06, 2021

Much has been said about the stress and pressure that COVID-19 put on the workforce, including workers on the front-line and those who lost their jobs. But the human cost of the pandemic goes further—in the digital overload for those who work remotely.

Analysis of Microsoft Collaboration Tools Reveals Substantial Increase in Usage

The 2021 Microsoft Work Trend Index measured the impact of the pandemic for 30,000 full-time workers from 31 markets: 54% said they feel overworked and 39% feel exhausted. The story becomes even more vivid in the analysis of data from Microsoft 365 collaboration tools:

Read More

Tags: Employee Engagement, Internal Communication, The Great Resignation

Improve the Employer-Employee Connection with Communication

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Nov 29, 2021

The “big quit” continues to accelerate in the U.S., with another 4.4 million workers reported to have resigned from their jobs in September, bringing the total to more than 24 million since April 2021. This historic departure of workers isn’t expected to abate any time soon—a recent McKinsey & Company survey found that 40% of employees are at least somewhat likely to leave their employer in the next three to six months. Perhaps even more telling, it identified a disconnect between employers’ perceptions and the actual reasons why employees are leaving.

What is most important to employees? Being valued by their manager and organization; a sense of belonging, and yes, work-life balance. The study showed employees were more likely to prioritize these and other relational factors of work life, including caring and trusting teammates and potential for advancement, while employers looked more at the transactional aspects such as workload and compensation.

Read More

Tags: Leadership Communication, The Great Resignation, Future of Work

7 Steps to Help Employees Adapt When Return to the Office Means a New Workplace

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Nov 15, 2021

As organizations consider how best to navigate the post-COVID environment, many are rethinking their real estate needs and ways to offer employees ongoing flexibility for remote work.

Read More

Tags: The Great Resignation, Future of Work

Recognition That Motivates: 3 Must-Have Components

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Nov 10, 2021

With the "Great Resignation" in full swing and the evolution of what employee engagement means today, one component that hasn’t changed is the value employees place on recognition.

Whether a pat on the back, spot bonus, or formal award, recognition can be a powerful tool in your communication arsenal. By showing appreciation and communicating a job well done in specific ways, you can enhance team performance and motivate employees to take their work to the next level.

4 Questions to Consider 

Read More

Tags: Employee Engagement, Feedback/Trust, The Great Resignation

With More Women Leaving the Workplace, What Can Leaders Do?

Posted by David Grossman on Fri, Nov 05, 2021

Women are leaving the workplace in greater numbers than men as the “Great Resignation” continues to place pressure on organizations to recruit and especially retain valued employees.

In September 2021, 309,000 women aged 20 and over left the labor force entirely, the biggest monthly decline in a year. There were 57.1% of U.S. women in the labor force last month, down from 57.4% in August 2021. This is well below the pre-pandemic level of 59.2% (February 2020), and the lowest since October 1988.

While some of these changes may relate to women’s jobs being concentrated in hard-hit industries such as restaurants, retail and hospitality, increased demands of the pandemic also seem to be a factor. Research points to women voluntarily leaving careers or pausing employment at a time when they or their children risk exposure to COVID-19, school and day-care plans can change due to the virus, and work arrangements can lack critical parental leave or schedule flexibility.

Read More

Tags: The Great Resignation

The Key to Retaining Employees Amid the "Great Resignation”

Posted by David Grossman on Wed, Nov 03, 2021

The trend of employees leaving their jobs in droves is real and escalating, as we learned this month from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which announced that 4.3 million Americans – 2.9% of the workforce – quit their jobs in August. It was a record-breaking statistic, mirroring previous months of high numbers.

What adds to the concern is the fact that many of those employees who haven’t already left are thinking about it. According to Bankrate’s August 2021 Job Seeker Survey, 55% of Americans who are either employed or looking for a job say they are likely to look for new employment in the next 12 months.

The “Great Resignation” is one of the biggest concerns facing employers, a trend of quitting like nothing we’ve seen before in business.

Read More

Tags: Employee Engagement, The Great Resignation

Successful Strategies Organizations are Using for Frontline Workers

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Nov 01, 2021

Are we doing enough for workers who – in many cases – don’t have the option of doing their job from home?

I’m talking about frontline workers such as truck drivers, those who take care of the sick at hospitals, serve coffee in quick service restaurants, work in manufacturing plants, labs, distribution centers, and many others.

As organizations find the right balance between company goals and employee preferences, and improving the employee experience to reduce the "Great Resignation," it seems that in many cases the loudest employees are getting the most attention, with the exception of those going on strike during “Striketober.”

What's Working to Engage and Retain Frontline Workers

Read More

Tags: Employee Engagement, The Great Resignation

From the Great Resignation to Striketober, Employees are Demanding Change

Posted by Linda Kingman on Wed, Oct 27, 2021

We’ve all heard and read about the "Great Resignation" and employees leaving their jobs in record numbers recently. In a related development, October is now known as Striketober, with labor strikes happening at cereal makers (Kellogg’s), agricultural equipment manufacturers (John Deere) and healthcare providers (Kaiser Permanente). A strike of 60,000 behind-the-scenes film and TV workers was averted with moments to spare earlier this month. And Netflix employees just staged a walkout over concern about Dave Chappelle’s transphobic jokes and employees’ desire to see the company invest in more LGBTQ content.

While unions have failed to succeed in organizing workers at behemoths like Starbucks and Amazon, they may be picking up steam. And opinion polls indicate that the public is increasingly supportive of unions, with the latest Gallup numbers showing 65% approval.

Read More

Tags: Heart First Leadership, The Great Resignation

Holy Shift: The “Great Resignation” is On

Posted by David Grossman on Mon, Oct 11, 2021

Call it the "Great Resignation,” “Tsunami Turnover,” or “Big Quit.” By any name, it describes the unprecedented shift companies are experiencing due to a staggering transformation of the American workforce.

Employee Resignation Studies Point to the Workplace

And as recent data shows from multiple studies, as well as our experience with clients, it’s a workplace issue.

Read More

Tags: Employee Engagement, The Great Resignation