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As return-to-work preparations take effect, the ‘Great Resignation' gains traction.

Many people have had to rethink their lives as a result of the pandemic, especially when it comes to work.

Some people don't want to return to commuting after spending more than a year at home, preferring the flexibility of remote work at least a few days a week. Others are simply exhausted from working long hours while juggling child care and remote schooling, which can happen all at once.

And practically every employee is eager to see what else is available, as they're either dissatisfied with their work or their priorities have shifted.

According to a new research by job site Monster.com, a staggering 95 percent of workers are considering shifting professions, with 92 percent even willing to switch industries to find the appropriate opportunity. The research added that the majority of people believe burnout and a lack of possibilities for advancement are driving the shift.

Scott Blumsack said that, when the epidemic hit, so many people hunkered down; now what we're seeing is a show of confidence. He added that the quantity of open jobs is higher than it has ever been, which is a big reason why people are dipping their toes in the water to explore what's out there.

The attempt by some firms to get people back into offices is clashing with workers who have embraced remote work as the new normal, with the coronavirus pandemic receding for every vaccine that reaches an arm.

As employees return to work following the epidemic, several worldwide organizations are adopting a hybrid work strategy. Organizations that were formerly known for their rigid work cultures are now embracing more flexible work methods. Some companies have decided to reorganize their workplaces to encourage more collaboration while keeping solitary activities available for remote workers. Others intend to eliminate office space entirely. The majority of businesses, on the other hand, claimed they haven't worked out the details of what that will entail.

Chris Biggs, a partner at Theta Global Advisors, says that employers should not enforce working in the office , as this might do a lot of harm to those who don't want to.

According to a FlexJobs survey issued in April, 58 percent of workers who worked remotely during the epidemic would "definitely" look for a new employment if they couldn't continue working remotely in their current capacity.

Of course, not everyone has the freedom to make their own decisions. There are few alternatives to showing up in person for the millions of frontline workers who stock grocery store shelves, care for patients in hospitals and nursing homes, or deliver items to people's doors. But, according to Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University who has studied why individuals quit occupations, many of those who can are contemplating their options. Bosses who take a tough attitude should be cautious, especially considering the economy's labor constraints, he said.

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