American workers left their jobs in record numbers during the COVID-19 epidemic to seek better pay, flexibility, and more hours. New survey data shows that some workers wish they had stayed.
According to USA TODAY’s Harris Poll Survey, one in five workers regrets leaving their job. One-third of those surveyed are actively looking for new jobs.
Madelyn Machado (32), was a Microsoft recruiter. She left to join Meta, formerly Facebook. Her salary rose from $135,000 – $185,000. However, the new job was not what she had hoped for.
“The impact was a lot less than I had at Microsoft, so I did feel like I was a little bait and switched there. I also was told I was going to be a lead, and when I got there, I was not a lead,” Machado said.
After five months, she was so unhappy she decided to quit.
“I went back with my tail tucked between my legs and was like, ‘Please can I come back?’” Machado said.
But she says Microsoft turned her down.
Inside Edition spoke to “Shark Tank”Barbara Corcoran, star of Star Barbara Corcoran, discusses how to ensure that the job you leave is better than the one already held.
“The control is in the hands of the worker, and it’s been ripped from the hands of the employer. When you go in for a job interview, you’re the one doing the interview,” Corcoran said.
This means that you must be the one asking difficult questions. Don’t take any decisions about Zoom. For a day, you can shadow an employee.
Machado says that she chose LinkedIn because it is a job she loves.
“If there is that regret in an individual, it’s a great job market. There’s two jobs for every one person, so they could just hop on to the next job,” Corcoran said.