Now that we are moving back into a post-pandemic normal, people are taking what they have learned and adapting it to their future. Do they want to go back to the 9-5 office life? Or do they want something different? People everywhere are quitting their careers in pursuit of more pay, more freedom, and more happiness, taking all that was good about the work-from-home culture and looking for it in their next job. Many people are reconsidering what employment entails, how they are valued, and how they spend their time. It’s causing a significant rise in resignations. And, although the shift from on-site to remote work has changed how people work, many employees have intentions to leave their present job. According to Bloomberg, the Work Trend Index revealed that 41% of the 30,000 respondents intend to leave their present work.
Why do workers leave their jobs after a pandemic?
According to the 2021 EY Work Reimagined Employee Survey, almost half (47 percent) of workers polled from across the UK would consider quitting their job post-COVID-19 pandemic if they are not given some kind of flexibility in where and when they work. There have been some benefits to working from home that people have experienced. It is not all good, of course, but it is not all bad either. The study – one of the biggest global polls of its type – polled over 1,000 individuals in the UK, from a variety of sectors and locations, as well as 16,000 people worldwide, to learn about their attitudes and experiences at work during the epidemic and into the ‘new normal.’
Second, the pandemic has amplified employees’ concerns that they won’t be able to acquire new skills or progress unless they quit the organisation, a problem that has always plagued people but has been particularly acute in the past year. Finally, the outbreak has brought to light a drawback, particularly those concerning employee’ gains. To be more precise, the pandemic exposed many people’s lack of preparedness for adversity. As a result, more and more are searching for companies that provide greater employee perks.
Employee turnover is costly when it is voluntary. Businesses that retain their best and brightest save money and safeguard their intellectual capital. People will choose jobs that pay well, offer freedom to learn and develop, and provide benefits that prioritise work-life balance now that they can accept jobs from almost anywhere.