The Great Resignation Wave of 2022 was driven by a number of factors, including a tight labor market and wage increases that failed to keep pace with rising inflation. But there is another catalyst that few in the media want to acknowledge. the growing exodus from the woke workplace.
Despite high-profile layoffs at several large companies, the labor market remains historically tight, with roughly 1.7 job openings for every job seeker.
And the latest consumer inflation numbers came in at 6.5%, down 0.1% from the previous month and well below the June 2022 peak of 9.1%. Inflation is still outpacing wage growth, which has been steady at 5.2%. This means that workers continue to lose real spending power each month. However, the two rates are much closer to parity than they were 6 months ago.
But even with a tight labor market and falling real wages, one of the primary drivers of the big resignation remains the “big rethink.”
Remember, during the pandemic, huge numbers of employees reassessed their work-life balance, moved away from left-leaning cities and states, opted for remote homes and jobs in more traditional communities, and in many cases took pay cuts to enjoy themselves. better quality of life. The overriding theme was a desire to escape the angry and demoralizing wake politics that have infiltrated America’s biggest workplaces.
We see this play out every day. That’s one of the reasons we’ve grown into one of America’s largest connectors for job seekers and job creators. Many of our job seekers are long-term employees of established companies. workers who are tired of being told they have to conform to a political ideology, support actions that violate their faith, or even accept a promotion because they don’t conform. certain demographic.
For example, one job seeker is a former Microsoft executive who was told that the American flag in the background of their online meetings was too inflammatory for the rest of the team and should therefore be removed. Another employee described how their CEO would hold weekly meetings to remind employees that they were inherently evil because of the actions of previous generations.
Another job seeker is a nurse who worked grueling long hours in the early stages of the pandemic and was hailed as a hero for saving lives. But when she raised concerns with her boss about taking the experimental COVID vaccine, she was immediately fired. And there are many more like them.
Who wouldn’t take advantage of a tight job market to find a new job after being exposed to this hostile work environment?
The American Dream is based on our innovative free market economy, where hard work, diligence and dedication are usually rewarded with career and financial growth. But as many parts of corporate America continue to exhibit woke workplace politics hostile to traditional American Main Street values, more workers will begin to look for alternatives.
We expect the Great Resignation to continue through 2023 and beyond.
Andrew Krapuchets is the founder and CEO of RedBalloon, founded in 2021 as a solution to the ever-growing problem of government overreach. “cancel the culture” invading the American workplace.
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