With hindsight it’s easy to see what started the shift:
- Limited career development opportunities
- Too few wellbeing check-ins
- Lapses in what made for acceptable working conditions
All of these factors played a role in employees looking to leave. Added to this were oversights in succession planning, the effects of Brexit, the pandemic, and related world-wide migration restrictions.
The world of work was hit by the perfect storm.
The real eye-opener: This storm won’t end on its own. The damage was, and continues to be, disillusioned, burned out, unchallenged, and morally tested people; employees who feel little or no assimilation or loyalty to the firms, brands, or managers they work for.
This situation is particularly noticeable in organisations with high numbers of low-paid workers such as food processing, manufacturing, casual dining, transport and logistic, and social care. The profits-first approach to running a business has been put to the test and it won’t see employers through the people-first era.