Why I Quit My Job During The Big Resignation, According To 7 Men

The Great Resignation is real. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 4.5 million workers left their jobs in March 2022. This is a record, which represents a monumental increase of more than 150,000 employees who leave February 2022. In addition, job openings at the end of March were the highest on record, with 11.55 million vacancies. posts across the country. American workers are tossing peace signs to their former employers and heading for the door at an accelerated pace.

This largely explains the mass resignations, which began during the COVID pandemic. Low pay, lack of opportunities for advancement and feeling disrespected at work were the top three reasons according to a Pew survey of workers who left their jobs in 2021. The decision to quit was also factored in by a reshuffling of life priorities, dissatisfaction with employers over the end of work-from-home policies and a lack of realistic options for childcare and other necessities. who forced the parents to resign. A strong job market also meant that finding a better salary (and salary) was a more likely option.

We spoke to seven men, all of whom quit during the pandemic, about why they put the notice. Whether they finally got tired of dealing with awful bosses, feeling unappreciated, or being too wrapped up in thankless work, these dads realized that a mass job exodus was something they they could bear. Here is what they told us.

1. The stress wasn’t worth it

“I worked in finance before and during the pandemic, and it was ruining me. Mentally, physically, and emotionally, I was just beyond exhausted the whole time. And because of the state of the world, I couldn’t even balance it by doing all of this financially well. It was a stable job in terms of pay, benefits and all that, but what I put in was not worth what I got out.

Even when I was working from home, I wasn’t really there for my family. I was still on edge. I was constantly on call. And I had to deal with a lot of angry, rude people who only cared about money. I spoke with my wife and we came up with a plan. I was able to find another job in the same field, although less expensive. Fortunately, we had some savings to tide us over during the transition, and I haven’t looked back since. The world has changed, and my previous work just didn’t fit in. It was tough before the pandemic, and the stress of COVID was the exclamation mark I was looking for that told me it was time to bail out. – Kevin, 45, New York

2. I just didn’t feel safe

“I had to quit because our company was incredibly stubborn when it came to working from home. Long story short, it wasn’t allowed. So we were all crammed into an office when it looked like the rest of the Everyone was safe at his house. At first, I was able to handle it. But every time I heard someone cough or sniffle, I got super paranoid. I have two young children and I don’t I kept imagining myself getting sick and bringing something home for them. I begged my boss to compromise, but she wouldn’t. So, for the safety of my family, I had to walk .

It wasn’t easy, and we struggled a bit, but the second I stepped out of that office and took a breath, I felt like I had fresh air – both literally and figuratively. It was just a stupid situation, and I’m a little ashamed that it took me so long to defend myself. But I’m glad I did. – Eric, 38, Pennsylvania

3. I found something with better leverage

“My boss has always been an asshole. I’m a teacher and, honestly, the pandemic has been the ultimate resume booster for me. I was able to add digital experience, distance learning, and all sorts of other tech skills after a year of micromanaged and underappreciated service during this whole ridiculous time. And I was able to find places – and other admins – that didn’t treat me like garbage. He was very smug towards the end of the year. I think he assumed we were all happy to be employed. So when I told him I wasn’t coming back, it was very gratifying. I learned later that I wasn’t the only one either. The teachers have had it for a long, long time. COVID has been the breaking point for many of us. – Joshua, 36, New Jersey

4. I liked being at home

“Being able to work from home was like a dream come true. My commute used to be 70 miles, one way! It was exhausting and legitimately took about three hours a day. My company offered a remote work from home option about three months into COVID, and I was giddy. I set up a desk, clocked in, did my thing, then clocked out. My energy levels increased dramatically. My wife and kids noticed it too, and the time I had previously spent commuting could now be spent with them.

When the company announced a return to the office – which I assumed would happen – I politely declined and looked for a job that offered a 100% remote option. I couldn’t find one, but I found the next best thing – a hybrid job closer to home. So even when I have to go, it’s no longer the demoralizing hike it used to be. I’m grateful for the job I had, but it wasn’t sustainable. I am much happier now. – KJ, 41, Toronto, Canada

5. I found something better

“I think a lot of people have used the chaos of the pandemic to look for jobs. I know I did. Most of the work from home I did during this time was just trying my best not to fall asleep during Zoom meetings. I had a ton of free time and my wheels started spinning. It was almost out of boredom that I came across new opportunities and finally landed a new gig. I think what I learned, though, is that my previous job didn’t interest me at all. Otherwise, why should I start looking around? I almost felt like I was having an affair, sneaking around on Linkedin. In that sense, it worked out for the best that I left, even if it was kind of a messy parting. Certainly for the best, however. Probably for both of us. – Brian, 43, New Zealand

6. My outlook on life has changed

“Seeing how the world has changed during the pandemic has been really shocking to me, as a father, husband and human being. The constant reports of people being so selfish made me sad. The political aspects of everything made me angry. And the sheer loss of human life around the world made me depressed. I remember asking my dad if he had ever seen anything like this, and he said, “Not even close. I think the fragility of life really hit me during the peaks of COVID, and I didn’t want to ruin mine. I didn’t want to be away from my wife and daughters either.

I quit my job as a personal reset, and honestly, I’m not convinced it was quite the right decision. We’re getting by, but I haven’t found a stable job yet. Mentally, however, I guess I feel closer to the right path. Or, at least, a path that helps me manage it all more productively. That’s about as certain as I can be right now. – Sean, 37, Michigan

7. I changed gears

“I guess the jury is still out on whether or not that was a good decision. The downtime during the pandemic was a great opportunity for me to do some soul-searching. And during that process, I’ve realized that my job wasn’t satisfying anymore. Not just my job, but my career, really. I worked in and around advertising for almost 15 years and I was burnt out. I also remember the exact moment when it hit me. I was working on a social media ad for a digital sewer snake camera. I just sat there thinking, ‘What am I doing? What’s the point of this? ?’ Like, that stupid sewer camera was the impetus for my career change.

I stayed with my company for six months while I re-enrolled in school to get my Masters in Education, then told them I was leaving. My goal is to become a college professor in communications. Our family is pretty strong financially, so I realize that this decision was a privilege and a luxury that many, many people don’t have or can’t afford. I will definitely make the most of this second chance and try to rekindle the passion I had at the start of my first career. – Michael, 42, Illinois

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