Media Tip Sheet: The 'Great Resignation’ Continues

May 05, 2022

Approximately 47 million people left their jobs in 2021 in what has become known as the “Great Resignation.” According to a Pew Research Center survey, workers who quit a job in 2021 say low pay, no opportunities for advancement, and feeling disrespected at work were reasons why they quit.

Now, months into 2022, things do not look to be changing with 4.5 million workers quitting their jobs in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

D. Christopher Kayes

If you are looking for an expert to speak specifically about this issue, please consider D. Christopher Kayes, a professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business.

Dr. Kayes is an expert on leadership, resilience, teams, and workplace well-being. Among other topics, his research focuses on how leaders learn in the face of complex and novel situations. He has studied learning, leadership, and teamwork in a variety of settings in an effort to uncover hidden sources of vulnerability in organizations and identify ways that leaders build continuity in times of change and turmoil.

“Our research shows this is an existential awakening for many workers. The pandemic has taken a toll on many, especially parents with young children. Burnout and exhaustion are running high. Many are looking for an onramp to new employment, but will be unapologetic about wanting flexibility and engagement. Employers that offer a competitive wage, but, more importantly, allow flexibility and create an engaging and empowering workplace will continue to attract the best talent.”

If you are looking for context on this matter or would like to speak with Professor Kayes, please contact GW Media Relations at [email protected] or 202-994-6460.