This got me thinking about all the articles and survey results that I have seen coming out lately about the record number of workers that are currently looking for new opportunities. In Microsoft's Work Trend Index for example which is a global survey of over 30,000 people in 31 countries, more than 40% of respondents said they are considering leaving their employer this year. You don't have to look very hard to find more information like this, Linkedin even has a hashtag, #thebigshift to discuss the topic. Posts on social media about having to put on real pants and battle the commute might make us believe that this mass talent migration is being spurred by having to go back into the office after working remotely for so long. I believe it runs deeper than that.
Throughout the pandemic, many organizations have been focused on the essentials of weathering the storm, rightfully so. Keeping business flowing as much as possible, managing the digital and virtual requirements for communication and the physical safety of employees. On the other hand, for many workers, they have been focused on layoffs, hour reductions, hiring freezes, and not a lot of career progression or even skill development opportunities. The physical separation from their networks and adapting to new ways of accomplishing tasks along with the heightened state of prolonged uncertainty has left its mark. Throw into the mix everyone’s individual circumstances and experiences with things like homeschooling, loneliness, and anxiety levels it’s not surprising there has been an impact on our psychological wellbeing. According to Gallup's State-of-the-Global-Workplace 2021 report, the next global crisis may just be a mental health pandemic.