The Great Reshuffle, as coined by LinkedIn editors, has disrupted the workforce in unforeseen ways. The pandemic has put candidates in the driver’s seat of the job market and according to LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslanksy, it’s “unlike anything we’ve seen in the history of work.”
So who exactly are these candidates and why are they motivated to change jobs or leave them altogether? What’s causing The Great Reshuffle?
According to a Harris Poll conducted in summer 2021 on behalf of Personal Capital, the majority of Americans polled (66 percent) expressed interest in changing or quitting their jobs in the pandemic-induced phenomenon dubbed “YOLO economy” and “The Great Resignation.” The survey found that this is especially true for younger generations like Gen Zers and millennials — 91 percent of Gen Zers and 78 percent of millennials are in favor of a career change.
Harvard Business Review found that resignation rates are highest among employees between the ages of 30 and 45 in mid-level positions.
What’s behind these high resignation rates for younger generations? CNET cites burnout culture. While the hustle mentality has largely defined how millennials have worked for years, the search for finding meaning in work is proving to be a fruitless pursuit. You can thank the pandemic for accelerating this discovery.
With more younger generations working remotely than ever before these past two years, burnout is real. Being dedicated to meaningful work ‘ie: the hustle culture’ is no longer a top priority for many. Instead, these workers are favoring flexible work schedules and more time off.
Ultimately, millennials have finally reached a place where they have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for how they’d like to work.
With all the workplace changes that have taken place in the last two years, there’s one coveted aspect of work that now trumps the glorification of working around the clock, and that’s mental health.