The past two years have been difficult, but the strain placed on the American worker, primarily the American service worker, has reached its breaking point. This past November, four and a half million Americans left their current jobs to pursue better working conditions and higher wages.
With the increasing support of the working class, the visibility of social media, and the rise of worker’s rights movements, employees are in high demand. As the Great Resignation continues, the pursuit of rewarding work has many business owners wondering what steps they can take to attract and retain new employees.
What’s Powering the Great Resignation?
Although COVID-19 has played a role in the Great Resignation, several additional factors have contributed to the situation. Employee burnout, high stress, heavy workloads, low wages, and undesirable or even dangerous working conditions each play a role in the mass resignation of workers.
With wages failing to meet the lowest standard of living costs, many Americans have found that they cannot afford to accept long-hour, low-wage jobs. At this point, low-wage employees can’t reasonably dedicate their full-time efforts to ventures that don’t allow them to survive.
As it has been called, the Great Resignation is not exactly an accurate reflection of the changes occurring in today’s workforce. People are not completely leaving the workforce, and the shift is mostly occurring in low-wage positions. Workers are leaving low-reward jobs to pursue higher wages and more acceptable working conditions.
What Can Employers Do?
When candidates search on Google for jobs, they are looking for a position that meets their needs. If employers hope to not only attract applicants but keep new employees, honesty and transparency in job postings are a must. With properly constructed job postings, applicants searching for rewarding work won’t waste their time during the recruitment process.
Clearly listing job requirements and salary ranges can save a lot of time in the recruitment process. Rather than disappointing an applicant during the interview process, list important details about the position from the start. Attracting the best candidates for a position depends on transparency and the ability to offer the conditions they’re seeking. Google has worked hard to improve the user experience of Google for Jobs. For employers willing to follow the guidelines and be honest with their job data, a healthy stream of candidates awaits,
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