It’s the latest challenge for the nation’s businesses: keeping workers on the job. What’s being called “The Great Exit” is a result of the massive exodus from the workforce. “the great resignation.”
August saw 4.2 million people leave their jobs. This is a 15% increase over 2019.
Beth McGrath, an ex-Walmart employee, quit over the store’s PA system. She found a new job immediately. Another worker claims he quit because his employer refused to pay him a $1-per hour raise.
“Don’t stay somewhere you are not appreciated,”Another worker posted the following on social media.
“Who can blame the working population? People have been rethinking their life choices, where they want to work, where they want to be living. And it’s a great job market. We have more than 10 million jobs available, and you’re getting paid more. Wages went up close to 5% last month,”Susan Li, Fox Business News correspondent, said.
Restaurants and hotels are seeing the highest resignation rates — 7% of restaurant workers have quit.
“When the pandemic first hit and shut down the restaurant industry, a lot of people did not come back for all different reasons. They went to different industries, they had health concerns. It’s a tough business,”Andrew Rigie, executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance told Inside Edition.
The picket lines are becoming a popular choice for disgruntled workers.
Ten-thousand John Deere workers went on strike today, joining 1,400 Kellogg’s workers. California’s nurses have voted to strike next week. Hollywood also faces a strike of 60,000 workers in the entertainment industry.
“There’s a lot of choice out there, and that’s something rare that we haven’t seen in this economy, where workers actually have more power than the companies,”Li stated.