Many U.S. workers have contemplated quitting their jobs, study says

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — If you’ve considered quitting your job in the last year, you’re not alone.

A number of workers in the U.S. have contemplated the decision. It’s being called, “The Great Resignation.”

Our NBC affiliate’s, WESH 2 News, Amanda Dukes found out why so many people are considering throwing in the towel.

A new Microsoft study reveals over 40% of workers worldwide are considering quitting their jobs.

Economists call it, “The Great Resignation,” and say the most common reason people are quitting is that the experience of working from home during the pandemic left them wanting fewer hours and more flexibility.

“The hybrid idea, or working where I go into the office one or two days a week, and the rest of the time I’ve got this very flexible agile way of working where I can manage myself at home. Lots of employees are looking for that today, and if they can’t get it from their current employer, it’s never been easier to change jobs,” said Spencer O’Leary, the CEO of ActiveOps.

O’Leary specializes in helping businesses manage remote workers. He says to hold onto top talent, employers are going to have to rethink the traditional workplace.

“That Great Resignation, that wave is about to happen if organizations don’t get their message in and don’t get their hybrid workforce management right,” he said.

According to the Microsoft survey, the urge to change jobs is strongest among “Gen Z” workers, who are age 18 to 25.

The struggles “Gen Z” identified with were frustration with not being recognized or heard during virtual meetings, not feeling energized or enthused about their work, and an inability to bring creative ideas to the table.

O’Leary believes employers must address those concerns or see their workforce dwindle.

“I’ve got to be willing to offer that kind of environment and then two, I need to be really good at managing inside that type of environment,” O’Leary said.

The Microsoft survey showed the general workforce feels overworked, while business leaders are having a better experience.

Some 61 percent said they were thriving, which is in stark contrast to employees further down the chain of command.

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