Tue. Jan 18th, 2022

On Monday 10 January at 19:30 GMT:
In 2021, the world continued to face the effects of the Covid19 pandemic, including a ‘Big Resignation’ in which millions of people left their jobs. But as we begin a new year, there are signs that the phenomenon will continue until 2022, and perhaps beyond.

In the first week of January, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 4.5 million workers willingly quit their jobs in November, a higher monthly figure than records already set in the preceding months of 2021.

The reasons for layoffs or layoffs differ across the US, but one of the main reasons? Lack of adequate child care. Another concern is healthcare. According to a study, nearly half of low-wage and front-line workers said their pay and benefits were inadequate, while 41% said they felt burnt out due to heavy workloads.

Some economists say that in 2021 employers struggled – and often failed – to entice anxious workers to return to industries that workers too often treated as indispensable.

The ‘Great Resignation’ is also seen in Western Europe, while attitudes about work and what it means to be an employee change into parts of Asia.

In this episode of The Stream, we will examine why so many people are leaving their jobs, and what employers can and should do to improve the conditions of workers as the pandemic continues.

In this episode of The Stream we are joined by:
Tsedal Neely, @tsedal
Author, ‘Remote Work Revolution’

Heejung Chung, @heejungchung
Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent

Ranee Soundara, @naynerz
Resigned from work in 2021

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