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Life-Work Balance Is Becoming the New Normal

Remote work is changing the way we view employment, and that's a good thing for everyone

By | Matt Redler |

It’s no secret that the pandemic has changed how we work. Millions of companies went remote for months, and many plan to stay remote for the foreseeable future. But there’s a more profound shift many companies fail to notice, and it will have long-term implications. 

In August of 2021, 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs, according to a Bureau of Labor and Statistics report.  There are several reasons for this shift — many parents have previously struggled to find reliable childcare, workers realized they value the flexibility of remote work and preferred quitting over returning to the office, while others were re-trained and left their jobs in retail, restaurants, and other hospitality sectors for more secure, higher-paying or more comfortable office jobs. 

However, I believe the real reason employees are quitting in droves is much simpler.  

The pandemic changed what work means to us

Employees are no longer willing to work two or three jobs or put in 60+ hours for a company they know doesn’t care about them. Why? Because they’ve realized that they don’t have to, and they’d rather get by on less than work themselves to the bone. 

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