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How to Quit Your Job in the Great Post-Pandemic Resignation Boom

If you’re ready to leave, here are some tips on engineering a smooth exit

Source | | Arianne Cohen

Ready to say adios to your job? You’re not alone. “The great resignation is coming,” says Anthony Klotz, an associate professor of management at Texas A&M University who’s studied the exits of hundreds of workers. “When there’s uncertainty, people tend to stay put, so there are pent-up resignations that didn’t happen over the past year.” The numbers are multiplied, he says, by the many pandemic-related epiphanies—about family time, remote work, commuting, passion projects, life and death, and what it all means—that can make people turn their back on the 9-to-5 office grind. We asked Klotz what to expect as the great resignation picks up speed.

• What are we going to see this summer with employees and organizations?
A lot of uncertainty, for both sides. Companies are figuring out how to maintain their cultures and employees, so many are offering multiple options: Do you want to come back full time? Work remotely? In-office three days a week? Four days? One day? It will be unclear whether these options will be permanent, making it difficult for employees to decide whether to stay or go.
• So will everyone just quit?
No. Plenty of employees don’t really want to resign. If their company would let them keep working from home or do fewer hours, they would.

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