That was the case with Matt Gisin, 24, who served notice this month at his job as a graphic designer at a health and wellness company. During the pandemic, he was able to work remotely, and with no commute, he had more time for hobbies like CrossFit and video game streaming.
“I became very adjusted to this time and all this freedom,” he said.
But gradually, his company began requiring employees to come back to the office, first two days a week, then three, then four. With so many people commuting to work in their cars, their commute from their home in Mamaronek, NY to the middle of Long Island can add up to two hours each way, leaving little time for their own entertainment. is saved.
“I wasn’t happy anymore,” he said. “I was finding joy in a lot of outdoor activities so I kind of took the leap to keep going.” He now hopes to get a job in the video game industry.
Economists expect high dropout levels to continue for some time, as the pandemic eases and the economy rebalances.
“I would be surprised if this summer is over before it’s over,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at hiring site Glassdoor. But he also said that there was an “end date”: a greater number of workers leaving would contribute to a labor shortage, eventually forcing employers to raise wages and provide other incentives, which would entice workers back and balance the economy. will help to reinstall.
In the meantime, he said, workers – especially those with low wages – will continue to draw advantages over employers.
“The longer these shortages last, the more bargaining power you put in the hands of far less skilled workers,” he said. “There is some evidence that employers are stepping up in response, and this is unusual.”