Best Practice Report

Unpacking The Hype About The Great Resignation

The Reality Behind The Headlines

March 7th, 2022
Nick Monroe, null
Nick Monroe
With contributors:
James McQuivey, PhD , Tyler Castro , Rachel Birrell


For most of 2021, the dominant talent narrative in the US was the so-called “great resignation.” It’s tempting to think that employees are receiving stacks of unsolicited job offers — and that employers are throwing caution (and money) to the wind in a desperate effort to fill roles. That deceptively simple scenario is misleading. The roots of this issue go far deeper and wider than a sudden desire to quit. Companies that are able to take an honest look at the needs of their employees and level up their people strategy will have a strong advantage as we move into a resource-constrained future.

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