Monday January 10 at 19:30 GMT:
In 2021, the world continued to grapple with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, including a “big resignation” during which millions of people left their jobs. But with the onset of the new year, there are signs that this phenomenon will continue until 2022, and possibly beyond.
In the first week of January, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.5 million workers voluntarily left their jobs in November, a monthly figure higher than records already set in the earlier months of 2021.
Reasons for resigning or withdrawing from the workforce vary across the United States, but one major reason? Inadequate child care. Another concern is health care. According to one study, nearly half of low-paid workers and front-line workers said their wages and benefits were inadequate, while 41% said they felt overwhelmed by heavy workloads.
Some economists say that in 2021 employers struggled – and often failed – to lure anxious employees back into industries that often treat workers as irreplaceable.
The ‘Great Resignation’ has also been seen in Western Europe, while attitudes about work and what it means to be an employee are changing in parts of Asia.
In this episode of The Stream, we’ll explore why so many people are leaving their jobs, what employers can do, and what they should do to improve conditions for workers as the pandemic continues.
On this episode of The Stream, join us:
Tsedal Indigo, Tweet embed
Author, “The Telecommuting Revolution”
hyejung chung, Tweet embed
Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent
Rani Soundara Tweet embed
Resigned in 2021