The “Great Resignation”: when millennials go to see if the grass is greener elsewhere

The phenomenon of the “Great Resignation” is increasingly observed in Canada and the United States, a movement that particularly affects millennials.

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According to Robert Half’s 2022 Salary Guide, the number of quits in Canada and the United States increased by 20% in the past year, compared to 2019.

Millennials are the most represented in these statistics.

Members of this generation are more likely to change jobs because they are particularly looking for personal development through their careers.

Mona-Lisa Prosper admits to having changed jobs because of her values.

“What motivated my job and career changes a bit over time was to find a bit of a way to really have an impact on society, and to have a position that was really linked to my values, ”explains Futurpreneur Canada’s director of black entrepreneurs to TVA Nouvelles.

For Catherine Matusiak, a self-employed worker, it is the desire to travel that has rather guided her decisions.

“There’s a big part of me that loves to travel, but over long periods of time. So it’s sure that finishing a job allows me to go on a trip afterwards, ”she told TVA Nouvelles.

This new vision of employment complicates the task of employers for whom attracting workers has become a real challenge.

“I would say that the employees are not fooled. They know that the job market is a candidate market. So, if their current job is not a nine out of ten, for some reason, they will try their luck to find a job where they will feel that it fills all the boxes, all their needs, ”notes Anne- Marie Deslauriers, head hunter and president of Delan.

The phenomenon of the “Great Resignation” would also be one of the consequences of access to information on posts thanks to the Internet.

“We must not forget that we are talking about the Internet generation here, so they know a lot more about what is going on. They shop, they are consumers of jobs now. They shop as much as possible thinking that the grass is greener elsewhere and maybe looking for that greener grass and maybe we are talking here about the very change of sector, not only of employment, but of sector of industry. ‘activity very quickly,’ reports Blandine Emilien, professor of human resources management at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Technology isn’t just helping millennials find their dream jobs and negotiate their working conditions.

It is also proving to be a new popular tool for resigning since many millennials use, among other things, the social network TikTok to broadcast a video announcing their departure.

according to information from Camille Kasisi-Monet


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