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Elevated Stress and Health Concerns Among the Top Issues Driving the “Great Resignation”

  • Washington Post columnist identifies top reasons readers submit for resigning during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Employees most likely to be motivated by dissatisfaction with working conditions and employer’s failure to take pandemic seriously
  • Understaffing has sometimes ramped up on the pressure on workforces to meet goals

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Heath concerns and dissatisfaction with employers’ pandemic policies have been among the top reasons driving the “Great Resignation,” according to Washington Post columnist Karla L. Miller.

Miller said she received hundreds of responses to a previous column on how employees are more likely to demand better working conditions and resign if these conditions are not met. Some workers said their employer had not taken the COVID-19 pandemic seriously enough, causing them to resign out of concern for their health.

Others opted to leave their job out of dissatisfaction with working conditions, including some who took the opportunity to retire early. Employees sometimes said they had been put under greater pressure due to understaffing, such as requests to work longer hours, and opted to resign due to burnout.

Miller said people have often chosen to quit at a time when they’re not prepared to be out of work, and invited those who have experienced this situation to write to her at to share how they’ve been able to cope with their expenses.

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