The Great Resignation – Why are millions quitting their jobs?

From “The Week” magazine dated Oct 28, 2921, page 16

More than 10 million job openings aren’t being filled.

A 30-year-old North Carolina woman quit three restaurant jobs in the past year, fed up with low pay, demeaning bosses, and rude customers. “I’m constantly having the
fact that I’m replaceable just being shoved in my face,” she said. A San Francisco program manager, 28, quit his job making $100,000 annually at a tech startup,
disillusioned by a career that dominated his life with endless workdays. Tiffany Chen
quit her unfulfilling job in New York’s fashion industry, and although working as a
freelance photographer creates more financial stress, she’s happier. “I’ve started to see [work] less as my identity,” says Chen, 30.There are other reasons for not celebrating the Great Resignation.

Most of the people quitting are women, many of them pushed out of the workforce after day-care centers closed and schools went remote, leaving families “without care options for their kids.” The resulting staffing shortages are felt everywhere. “Can’t get a drink at the bar the sheets changed on your hotel bed, or a burger delivered in less than 20 minutes?” All caused by a lack of staff.

These Americans are part of a mass exodus from the workforce that economists are calling “the Great Resignation,” said Michael Blackmon in Buzzl’ A record 4.3 million people left their jobs in August, after 4 million people quit in each of the previous two months. The mass exodus has left more than 10 million openings, especially in the restaurant, retail, and hotel sectors. They’re not being filled, with many Americans feeling “overworked and over work.” 

“It must kinda suck to be a boss right now,” said Derek Thompson in, but it’s actually wonderful that so many people are saying, “To hell with this.” The Great Resignation is, in part, a movement of workers standing up for their own well-being and dignity. Many front-line workers were forced during the pandemic to risk exposure to Covid-19, work long hours of overtime to compensate for staff shortages, and deal with customers “cabin-fevered and filled with rage.” Servers, cooks, and clerks have decided that “suffering nonstop rudeness” isn’t worth it. Some of those who quit were also rebelling against poverty wages, said Laura Enris in, and their stand is paying off: “Costco, McDonald’s, Amazon, Chipotle, Bank of America, and CVS have announced plans to raise the starting or average pay for hourly workers,” and the average restaurant and supermarket workers’ wage recently surpassed $15 an hour.” For the first time in a long time, workers have some leverage over employers.

“There’s a catch, though,” said Brent Orrell in Most job openings are in the same sectors that people are leaving. So, unless “footloose workers suddenly acquire new skills to make them viable in other industries,” they’re likely to “find themselves back in the same or similar job at a slightly higher rate of pay.” “Turns out we have a lot more ‘essential workers’ than we imagined.” Big Labor” is making the situation worse, said The Wall Street Journal in an editorial. Unions are seizing on the national worker shortage as a chance to flex their muscles. Frito-Lay employees won steep raises and more control over shifts after going on strike and more than 1,400 Kellogg employees joined picket lines this month. Last week 10,000 employees at John Deere walked off the job, having rejected a deal that would have “lifted the typical production worker’s annual wages to $72,000 from $60,000,” on top of a one-time bonus and better retirement benefits. When businesses have to hike pay dramatically, they then raise prices to customers and become less competitive, “which ultimately hurts the workers, who will lose their jobs in the future.”

This could be a pivot point in our economy, said Paul Waldman in “From the earliest moments of the pandemic, Republicans
worried that workers might start getting dangerous ideas about their self-worth.”
When Democrats included enhanced unemployment benefits in Covid relief bills,
panicked Republicans said it “would make Americans lazy and unwilling to work.”
GOPcontrolled states cut unemployment benefits this
summer, promising “an explosion of job growth.” It didn’t happen. That’s because the Great Resignation is about something much bigger than money, said Paul Krugman in The New York Times. “By upending many Americans’ lives,” the pandemic caused them to reconsider whether it was worth staying in “lousy jobs.” Wages have stagnated, hours are long and unpredictable, vacation is limited, and management treats staff without any loyalty or respect. “American workers are insisting on a better
deal, and it’s in the nation’s interest that they get it.” (Meanwhile, just as in the
agricultural industries, there are thousands of potential workers at our
southern border ready and willing to put up with the low pay and typically
abusive working conditions at which U.S. citizens turn their noses up… at least
until they “learn better.” ~ Don Chapin)

The Great Resignation, Summary by Don Chapin:

I see this situation as part of “humanity awakening” from 3D toward 4D consciousness:

  1. Humanity “waking up” and realizing they’re working at essentially
    meaningless jobs for low pay.
  2. “Suffering non-stop rudeness” from those potentially limited to a 3-D
  3. In a 3-D environment, managers don’t appreciate how they rely on
    “subordinate’s” efforts.
  4. “From the earliest moments of the pandemic, Republicans worried that
    workers might start getting ideas about their self-worth, ” i.e a 3D
    concept of traditional boss/subordinate relationships. As a general rule,
    Republicans seem stuck in antiquated 3-D concepts.
  5. “Most of the people quitting are women.” This indicates the roles women excel in are service-oriented, i.e., providing assistance or a service to others, very seldom ego-based. They realize that they are often taken for granted, with little recognition for individual self-worth.

Overall, an awakening from 3D materiality into the lower realms of 4D consciousness is resulting in career and sociological adjustments.



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