Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic gave millions of us a renewed sense of appreciation for our jobs and means of livelihood, it’s had the opposite effect on a number of others. According to Statistics Canada, 130,000 people have opted to leave the labour force entirely – i.e. not working and not actively seeking employment – since February 2020 and that number is predicted to keep rising.
A Global News report states, “With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic coming into distant view, companies and employees who’ve been working from home are beginning to think about what the future of work looks like. And as employment experts predict, there’s likely to be a “resignation boom.””
Reasons for resignation could range from feelings of unfulfillment and the desire to switch careers, to the demands of family life and a need for increased free time.
Founder of Williams HR Law, Laura Williams agrees, saying, “The pandemic has caused a lot of individuals to really become introspective and reflective with respect to not only all aspects of their lives, but certainly with respect to work. I anticipate that either as we move through the pandemic, but certainly on the other side, we’re going to see attrition in the workplace.” Reasons for resignation could range from feelings of unfulfillment and the desire to switch careers, to the demands of family life and a need for increased free time.
It’s not all doom and gloom, however; according to the report, there are a few things companies can pay more attention to, to keep employees content, including flexibility and work culture.
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