– Atul Malikram (Author and Political Analyst)
In a country where more than 50 million youth are unemployed, the rapid rise of the trend like ‘The Great Resignation’ can be seen as a sign of the dominance of comfort at work. In India, people are usually very excited about foreign matters. This was proved right when a foreign social media campaign became a trend in India and started deciding the future of Indian youth. In the last two years, the movement of The Great Resignation has increased rapidly in the world, resulting in 34 million people leaving their jobs in America last year. The Great Resignation, also known as the Big Quit, is an ongoing economic trend in which employees have voluntarily resigned from their jobs in large numbers. Following this, India has witnessed large-scale resignations across many sectors of the economy in the past year.
According to a recent survey report by Randstad NV, since Covid-19, a revolutionary change has been observed in the mindset of the working class about leaving work. The survey found that 63% of youth in India believe they would rather be unemployed than unhappy with their jobs. While 68% thought that they would quit the job if it prevented them from enjoying their life. On the other hand, almost half (49 percent) said that if their job keeps them away from their fun in life, then they would wholeheartedly bid goodbye to that job.
About 70% of the participants in this survey also agreed that their personal life is more important than their work life, and 61% of them said that if not for money, they would never do a job.
Moreover, in this survey, 95% of the participants said that balanced hours and a workplace environment are significant for better work.
In comparison, 91% admitted feeling that they do not have a choice regarding their job. Two out of every five people are struggling with the problem of not controlling their time. There are two reasons for this. In this post-Covid scenario, companies have begun calling back their employees to work from the office. Of course, it is challenging to come out of a habit that has developed in the last two years. However, this does not seem difficult when the importance of responsibility and pressure is well understood.
The second reason is that the workspace has also expanded immensely with the awareness in the Corona period. As the digital world stretched, the scope and opportunities of the work have magnified, affecting those who managed to save their jobs during Covid. Of course, Corona has taught us to prioritize health and family welfare. However, the young are now less tolerant and restless, with a growing desire to achieve more in a short time, which may seem fine for the present but may become a concern in the future. If one learns to enjoy life with work, it can be the most powerful lesson in the current decade. Taking pleasure in work becomes more manageable when one sustains focus on upskilling. Only then could one have the confidence to change their organization for something functional rather than weak arguments or work pressure to end up confined to a comfort zone.