The Great Resignation – I don’t want to talk about it!

It’s in the news and my inbox every day. News about the Great Resignation, the Big Resignation or what some people call the Big Quit. But while many people in the US or elsewhere might be changing jobs, leading to this so-called phenomenon, we’re not seeing it here. Australians are changing jobs LESS than before.

The brain trust at the Australian Bureau of Statistics will even back me up. Their data on job mobility shows that only 7.5% of employed people changed jobs, the lowest annual job mobility rate on record.1 In the professional, scientific and technical industries, the ABS reported a reduction in the number of people changing jobs from 9.2% to 8.3%.

Of course, this could change, but there are a few things worth considering about the ‘Great Resignation’ and then…I don’t want to talk about it anymore!

What do I think?

  • I think the fact that it’s being talked about will make more people think about it.
  • It was going to happen anyway. People are catching up on the last two years and saying, “I want to move, but I won’t as it’s too risky at the moment with COVID around.”
  • January and February is usually a transition time, so if it’s going to happen, it will be after people have had holidays.
  • People leave bosses many times, not companies. If you have looked after your staff through COVID-19 as a company and boss, I believe you will retain your staff. Many I speak to who will leave their roles are leaving their bosses, not the company.

Questions to ask yourself

As a manager/company:

  • Did you look after your staff through COVID?
  • Have you put conditions where your staff will want to stay?
  • Have you asked them if they are happy?
  • What are their expectations about returning to the office versus yours?

As an employee or candidate:

  • Is it really ‘grass is greener on the other side? ‘
  • Is there still a cultural fit with the company, or has this changed over time?
  • Are you letting opportunities pass you by?
  • Did my company look after me during COVID? If NOT, then move. Consider when you are looking for a new role, asking how the company looked after their staff through COVID-19. Ask to speak to some of the staff and or have a coffee with them to understand the culture and what the company is like. (it’s okay to ask for this)
  • If you decide to move, here are some reminder hints on Zoom interviews. Albeit, you may finally get to do some interviews in person! If you need help, reach out, as we do have an interview training program that we can assist you with.

ZOOM etiquette – some friendly reminders

Zoom/Teams/Webex interviews are quite different to those in person. Yes, it may be more comfortable sitting at home or on the other side of the screen, but it is still a professional meeting, so don’t become too relaxed.

  • No washing hanging in the background. I saw this at least three times last week. Use a plain or blurred background if your house is untidy!
  • Be prepared beforehand and check that your internet and video conferencing work. This is an interview, and scrambling at the last minute to get the picture right can take up valuable time for the interview.
  • Please don’t wear tracksuits. This is still an interview, so dress appropriately for the role you’re applying for as if you were face-to-face.
  • Don’t let me look up your nose. – have your camera at eye level so you are looking at me.
  • Be prepared; the interviewer may want to take video screenshots of you during the interview. The hiring manager may want to see you now, which speeds up the process.
  • Keep pets (and husbands) quiet in the background. I had two interviews recently where you could see that the candidate did not even realise that their dog barked the whole way through, and at times, I couldn’t hear the candidates’ answers. Plus, it came across as unprofessional. 

Although in saying that, we do have Harry as our mexec mascot. Harry belongs to our senior consultant, Sue Forrest and loves to join our Zoom calls and bark when he hears my voice. It’s nice that he gets excited about our meetings!

Harry Forrest

Sue, Harry and I wish you all the best in your decision-making, and we are happy for you to reach out to us (well…maybe not Harry) and talk it through if you wish to. 

 1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2021) Job Mobility (Accessed 10 November 21)

1 thought on “The Great Resignation – I don’t want to talk about it!”

  1. Good article and so true. People just assume we will follow the states – not necessarily true and only pent up demand anyway!

    And as for Zoom – you would think everyone would understand by now!


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