Fibers of the pre-pandemic workplace we once knew are being tested. There is distrust from people who have grown disenchanted and have decided they no longer want a part of it. Yet, they’re many people who want to hold on to yesterday and blame “The Great Resignation” for the disruption.
It’s like there was someone to blame for pulling the emergency alarm.
Teachers and nurses are previewing a day of reckoning. COVID safety measures and denial of remote learning became front and center for teachers. Nurses experienced similar problems, especially with COVID and patient ratio safety. Teachers and nurses leave traditional roles for new careers or alternative roles in their industry.
So, what’s next?
The mass exodus (resignations) will not continue at the September or November rate where people quit in droves. No longer, job seekers succumb to a market slowly closing window.
We’ll see employers condense roles, restructure pay and schedule models, and replace many workers with automation (or Artificial Intelligence). We’re starting to see some of that in the retail industries and possibly create many part-time positions and not full-time.
If jobs do become plentiful with more pay, benefits will be affected. Problems may repeat from the post “The Great Recession” era–many jobs available because of the advancing technology boom, and many “unqualified” workers. If workers are not pivoting to where the job demands are, we’ll experience economic turbulence.