The hot topic of conversation these days seems to be around “The Great Resignation” and how the end of the COVID-19 pandemic will affect us in the long run. Scrolling through my social media channels, I have seen more and more people deep in discussion about “The Great Resignation” and what it means for the people of Australia, our workforce, employers and employees, local businesses, leaders and the nation’s post-pandemic recovery.
I know, only too well, that this topic of discussion has left many people, particularly employers and business owners, extremely worried that Australia will follow in the United States’ footsteps and experience something similar to what has been dubbed “The Great Resignation.”
However, personally, I believe that “The Great Resignation” is a huge load of BS frankly and has caused a whole heap of undue stress to employers and business owners afraid that they will lose their staff after steering through the choppy waters of the COVID-19 pandemic for the last two years. I urge Australians against jumping on the U.S “The Great Resignation” bandwagon, especially if they don’t have another job to fall back on or if they are just following a “trend.”
So, what exactly is The Great Resignation?
The term “The Great Resignation” was coined by Dr Anthony Klotz from Texas A&M University and was in response to the huge number of US workers quitting their jobs from March this year, with 4.4 American million workers leaving their jobs according to the U.S Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary. The media has been reporting that Australia is predicted to follow suit next year around March.
Why I don’t believe in “The Great Resignation.”
Yes, some employees will be looking for a new life direction, but I believe that Australian employees are more embracing change when it comes to their jobs, I think they are looking for more flexibility, freedom, work-life balance and empathy from their employers and leaders rather than wanting to leave their jobs. Some people might prefer to work from home now so they can pick their kids up from school or spend more time with their family, rather spending a couple of hours commuting to and from work or late nights in the office.
This is where great leaders come in, when you create a workplace environment that is welcoming, open, inclusive, communicative, friendly and kind, you will attract and retain employees. Because employees want to stay in jobs and with leaders who make them feel empowered and a worthy member of the team, so that’s why I think people have the wrong idea when it comes to “The Great Resignation.”
Instead of focusing on what America is doing, we should practice more positivity and focus on how we can keep more Australians in work. By opening up a conversation between employees, leaders and employers, we can prevent things like “The Great Resignation” from happening, scaring or enticing people into quitting their jobs and stirring up our economy and hurting our local businesses.
Author Sonia McDonald
I would call myself a courageous leader. People have also described me as a cutting edge entrepreneur, high performing businesswoman and seasoned professional. I am also a caring mother, and impactful speaker.
Following a forced lifestyle change in 2006, I joined the consulting world and discovered my purpose in inspiring people to learn and grow. With a flair for leadership and strong writing talents, I started the LeadershipHQ blog in 2007. It quickly became a must-read for leaders looking for a more people-centred way of leading.
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