Should You Stay or Should You Go?
Updated: Sep 22, 2021
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By: LaShaune Littlejohn
This month, more and more businesses have begun transitioning employees out of mostly remote work and into hybrid or fully in-office schedules. But reactions from employees have not been as they hoped. Employers are being met with complaints and resignations instead of enthusiasm and compliance to return to regular office life. With millions of people around the world still dying from COVID, and almost 700,000 deaths in the U.S. alone, it’s no wonder employees are refusing to give up working remotely. With recent studies predicting newer variants like Delta pushing the threshold for herd immunity to almost 90%, it looks as if our world will not see an end to this pandemic any time soon.
Forced to decide, "Should I stay or should I go," the number of Americans who are leaving their jobs in pursuit of better pay and better conditions does not look to be slowing down – with 4 million leaving their jobs in April 2021 and another 3.9 million in June. Economists are referring to this significant change as the start of a new era known as The Great Resignation, as the number of job openings continues to climb in the midst of a considerably low unemployment rate.
An even more noteworthy trend of this new era is the number of people choosing to work for themselves since the start of the pandemic, with 58% of non-freelancers considering freelancing in the future. These last 19 months have shown us what is possible in this age of digital transformation and employees are realizing the benefits to working for themselves and having control of where they work and who they work for.
Hiring managers everywhere are forced to remodel their company strategies as the requirement for digital transformation and the increase in freelancing have caused a major disruption in their current and now outdated employment models. Probably now more than ever, companies are understanding that talent more than anything else dictates the success of their hiring strategies and speed of innovation.
Businesses are having to become more comfortable with engaging independent contractors to meet their hiring needs if they want to hire top talent to close the skills gaps that are limiting their success levels and business growth. Though they may be hoping that this growth in freelancing is temporary, studies are showing that this is only the beginning and that we will very likely soon see freelancing to be the new definition of the American workforce.
What do you think? Should you stay or should you go? Are you one of the millions of people inspired to work for themselves since the pandemic? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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