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A Musical Response to the Great Resignation: Love the One(s) You’re With

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My daughter recently reminded me of that old song, Love the One You’re With. If you’re not familiar, it’s got a great beat and a timely message to today’s leaders – one that should immediately be incorporated into their playlists – and playbooks. Organizations, leaders, managers, and the media have (understandably) been obsessed with the loss of talent associated with the ‘great resignation’; but there’s even greater risk in not being equally obsessed with attending to the talent that has chosen (at least for now) to remain.

Decades ago, psychologists and human resources professionals recognized the emotional and physical toll on employees following rounds of layoffs. The fear, guilt and depression expressed by those who remained were termed ‘survivor syndrome’ and efforts were made to address the issue. It’s time we invest similar effort in today’s ‘survivors’ – those who have not joined the great migration and instead show up (virtually or in-person) day-in and day-out to take care of business. Because let’s face it…

Too many employees today feel overlooked,

overworked, overwhelmed, and completely over it!

Months of continued uncertainty, supply chain issues, escalating customer expectations, and picking up the slack in an under-resourced workplace have left many of those who remain weary, fragile, and a flight risk. All of which means that the time is right to heed Stephen Still’s profound advice and ‘love the one(s) you’re with’. Here are three ways to show your love to those who are loyally laboring during these challenging times.

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