Meet a Great Resignation quitter who thinks the whole movement is a lie: ‘It’s still not to the benefit of the worker’

Like millions of workers, Sharon wasn’t feeling appreciated in her old role.
She sought a new job in a hot labor market, but she said her new role still felt exploitative.
She’s found herself between two groups of workers best positioned to benefit from the movement.

Sharon thinks the Great Resignation is a lie. And she should know — she participated in it.

Sharon, who’s in her late 30s and asked that her and her employers’ real names be kept anonymous, works in the mental-health field. She’s been in the workforce for over 20 years.

When the pandemic hit, her workplace — like millions of others — scrambled to go remote. She took a leading role in her firm’s transition to all-virtual work. But she didn’t feel recognized for it. She got compliments, but not a higher-level role. She said that took a toll on her mental health and her personal life.

“I did start looking for new positions when it became clear that I wasn’t going to advance,” she told Insider. “I also felt, as a mom and as a Latina, I just basically was put in the back seat.”

That was last fall, when a near-record number of Americans were quitting, employers were complaining that they couldn’t find any workers, and wages were increasing. All those things are still true, but a looming economic downturn has also led some companies to institute hiring freezes or lay off staffers, as they have their own Great Regret about hiring too much.

Sharon said it was “really, really hard” to find roles that she actually wanted to do — ones that weren’t “what I had settled to do in the past.”

She experienced one of the cracks in the Great Resignation narrative: Some workers were able to quit and find higher-paying jobs …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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