- Why now?
- What motivated nearly 50 million people to leave their jobs in 2021?
- And what hand did COVID-19 have in it?
What Makes It Worth It?
For decades (let’s be honest, more like centuries), workplaces operated with one notion: that the employee bends to the needs of the company. The hallmarks of this approach? Loyalty, hierarchy, competition, and tradition.
While Traditionalists and Baby Boomers were drawn to stability and motivated to provide as much value to the company as possible, Gen X dreamed of a life of autonomy and flexibility.
Cue, work/life balance. Gen X began the conversation and were willing to leave workplaces if their needs weren’t met. It only escalated from there. Millennials and Gen Z upped the ante and sought lives filled with purpose-driven work, diverse perspectives, and personal and professional growth opportunities.
There has been a movement stirring for some time now, gaining momentum as new generations were entering the workforce. With the understanding that we spend more than 90,000 hours, roughly one-third of our lives, at work, many asked themselves, what makes it worth it?
The Tipping Point
This movement came to a tipping point practically overnight when COVID-19 sent the world home.
Our lives came to a halt. For the past two years, the entire globe has had to reprioritize their lives like never before. The need for humanity and empathy became crystal clear because, for most of us, keeping life and work separate was impossible. What we thought were just our own high standards and unrealistic dreams started being echoed by people we didn’t even know. We weren’t the only ones who craved workplaces that understood something that seemed so simple…life does not stop when you go to work.
The meteoric shift and common experience created this constant uneasy feeling. It was our gut saying, “is this worth it?” Is what my job requires worth sacrificing my health, family, friends, and dreams?
A Collective Awakening
The answer to that question led to a collective shift that has been dubbed The Great Resignation.
For 50 million people last year, the answer was no. There is more to our lives than work, and we want an employer that understands that. Our motivation isn’t because we are simply unhappy with our job description or title. People are stepping away from environments that put profits and policies before people.
A prime example is working from home. We all learned overnight just how much our team members, managers, and organizations trusted us to do our jobs. Having autonomy was liberating for many, but anxiety-inducing for some leaders. How do they know if we are working? What if we aren’t being productive the entire 8 hours at home?
At Clickstop, we believe something bold…
- There isn’t a worker shortage.
- There are millions of people who are seeking and striving for more.
- Employees deserve more trust and autonomy, and more purpose, community, and growth.
There are plenty of people ready to work, but there is a new twist on what they want from work. They want a dynamic workplace.
We cannot come out of this once-in-a-century pandemic and go back to the way things were. The workforce has spoken. There is no turning back.
What began as a dream for a better work/life balance, has transformed into a movement and collective understanding that we all deserve better.
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