The past few years have seen no shortage of debate, speculation and analysis of the Great Resignation and its implications for talent retention, the future of work and the broader economy. This has led to many fascinating insights into the various reasons that may push or pull someone towards a change in employment. What has been less often discussed, however, is the effect that a resignation can have on the people who stay behind.
Meet the #quitfluencer: an employee who leaves their job and, by doing so, encourages other to follow suit. This isn't necessarily the result of conscious actions; it can be an involuntary side-effect of their resignation. However, the sheer scale of the Great Resignation raises an important question: how much can be attributed to the quitfluencer phenomenon?
What does quitfluence look like?
At first glance, the numbers paint a worrying picture. Over a quarter of workers (27%) are looking to change jobs in the next 12 months and 45% of those are actively applying or already interviewing for other jobs. Clearly, talent retention is still a pressing issue within the world of work. What is more worrying, however, is the fact that 50% of workers who have seen others quit have taken action and left their job. 70% of workers who have seen others quit have then considered quitting themselves. This is the same for desk-based and non-desk workers.