When the pandemic started, the panic set in, what will happen to my business, will my job still be secure, can I work from home and lots more.
The initial reaction was that I still have a job, I can work from home. What started as relief, slowly began to take a toll on how many hours we put in and in our inability to strike the balance with work and life.
Definition of happiness
For many having a job was a huge relief and it seemed a small price to pump extra hours working from home, but as months rolled, it became apparent that all was not well. Many were getting fed up and burnt out. For many this time was also a time for self reflection- was work really a their pursuit to happiness.
In 2020, 80% of US workers reported feeling that they have too many things to do and not enough time to do them – a phenomenon known as time poverty. This has lead to the search of fulfilment.
A Microsoft survey of more than 30,000 global workers showed that 41% of workers were considering quitting or changing professions this year. In the US alone, April saw more than four million people quit their jobs, according to a summary from the Department of Labour – the biggest spike on record. While this could been a direct reaction to many having simply reached a breaking point after months and months of high workloads, hiring freezes, and other pressures, causing them to rethink their work and life goals.
The Great Resignation a way towards pursuit of happiness
The phenomena of people voluntarily leaving their jobs is called “The Great Resignation”. This was coined by Anthony Klotz, an organizational psychologist at Texas A&M University. What does this mean and why did this happen?
Many of us want to be a part of an organisation where we are valued, while this may have been acceptable before the pandemic, the expectations have started to change since. People are not hesitating to move towards their passion leaving job security behind. The pandemic brought in a wave of new business.
The Great resignation brought forward a few realities - Choice , Fulfillment, meaning of living.
While quitting maybe a reaction, there needs to be action- Invest in yourself, learn how your passion can become your profession.
With many online courses or academic programmes ranging from 3 years to 3 weeks we will help you take the next step
So ask yourself if – are you still in pursuit of happiness?