Should you partake in the ‘Great Resignation?’

Four questions to ask yourself before quitting your job

Spenser Warren


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If you work in HR or are involved with hiring, you’re likely familiar with the term the ‘Great Resignation.’

But what does this mean for companies that are trying to win a heated talent war? How does this impact everyday professionals who are burnt out, looking for a new challenge, or hoping to increase their financial prosperity? While the ‘Great Resignation’ looks different for everyone, it’s important to get clear on how you can make the best of this job-leaving epidemic, before it’s too late.

Over the next few days, I’ll share what the ‘Great Resignation’ means for employers and employees.

First, we should probably understand why the ‘Great Resignation’ became such a big event for employees, even during a global pandemic.

The term ‘Great Resignation’ was first coined back in 2019 by Texas A&M management professor Anthony Klotz. Klotz predicted that there would be a mass exodus of employees leaving their jobs. Over 11.5 million people left their jobs in just three months from April through June of this year, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The reasons people are leaving seem too many to mention: burnout, being required to return to the office, rethinking the importance of work and status in their lives, promotion opportunities elsewhere, feeling undervalued and unappreciated, and many more.

Instead of aspiring to climb the corporate ladder and buy more ‘things’, people are focusing on their mental health, spending more time with family, and trying to make work fit around their lives.

But should you consider leaving your own job? Upending your career overnight is a decision that shouldn’t happen on a whim, after all. If you’re looking to join the masses and partake in the ‘Great Resignation’, you’ll need to have a satisfactory answer for these four questions.

1. Why do you want to leave your job?

It’s easy to get fed up with your job from time to time, but have you really considered why you want to leave your job?



Spenser Warren

Career Coach | Helping ambitious professionals do their life’s work and build empowerment through career reinvention | 10 year HR Pro | Career Changer | Writer