#1. Why are so many knowledge workers quitting?
In April, a record 4 million people quit their jobs in the U.S. alone. It became known as “The Great Resignation,” though the concept remains complicated and affects different groups of workers in different ways. The unexpected departure of knowledge workers from primarily small to midsized companies can be attributed to one factor, an independent coach said: the pandemic led people to rethink the role of work in their lives altogether. Instead of continuing on, workers began downsizing their career and reducing the amount of work hours to instead spend time doing other non-work activities.
Many knowledge workers have long felt that their lives were significantly out of balance. They worked long hours and suffered from burnout – with no end in sight. Though it’s unclear whether downsizing will grow into a larger trend, it’s clear that some workers are taking stock of their lives – and making changes. Read more at the New Yorker.