Kind of surprised by the Guardian link.
maybe the problem isn’t all with the employer.
more than 2,500 workers found that almost three-quarters of them (72%) experienced either “surprise or regret” that the new position or new company they quit their job for turned out to be “very different” from what they were led to believe. Nearly half (48%) of these workers said they would try to get their old job back thanks to a phenomenon that The Daily Muse is calling “shift shock” […] “They’ll join a new company thinking it’s their dream job and then there’s a reality check,” the company’s CEO, Kathryn Minshew told FOX Business. “It’s this really damaging phenomenon where people are brand new in our role, and they suddenly realize it’s not at all as advertised.”
Emphasis mine. That still sounds like an employer problem.
(Good ol’ Grauniad: "This article was amended on 22 March 2022. An earlier version misnamed the job site the Muse as “the Daily Muse”. As you can see, they didn’t properly correct the article.)
All that said:
It’s a cliche but ask anyone who’s been in the workforce for a number of years and they’ll tell you that the grass is often the same color at the new job (and the coffee is just as bad).
Some years ago I went from the private sector to the public sector and know that my current position is pretty stable and I suspect better than similar jobs. The workload is a pain in the arse, and I’m monumentally fed up with the work itself but the idea of applying elsewhere has zero appeal to me because I know it’s not going to be dramatically different or pay much more, unless I change career altogether. Before this job I nearly quit the graphic design profession altogether because I was that fed up.
The Great Resignation isn’t really about employees permanently leaving the workforce.
About 10 years ago I made a plan to pay off our mortgage as early as possible and effectively ‘retire’ to part-time work knowing that without kids and no mortgage or rent to pay, my partner and I could hit a kind of low-work equilibrium where we could earn enough to get by and have more spare time to pursue other things. We’re about 3 years away from that so I’m now considering the part-time part of the plan and/or the possibility of doing something different, preferably not in an office and maybe outside–I’ve found over the years that Office Space has resonated with me more and more.
“The thing is Bob, it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care.”
Just before the pandemic, our department started moving into video (lots of fun dealing with 4K video on a remote network WFH) and it was a ton of additional work and an entirely new field that we didn’t have much training for. I mean, we had a consultant/specialist in but he was hopeless at teaching anybody anything. I started making noise to get our pay grade looked at and almost a year later it finally moved up a notch but not instantly: it will take years to hit the top of the bracket. Had I not done that, I’m certain it wouldn’t have happened at all so that’s a slow victory, particularly with the increasing cost of living. The problem is that the workload has continued to increase and it shows no sign of easing. I currently earn about £22.5K (so about $30K) a year before tax as a graphic designer and video editor. It’s the most I’ve ever earnt but still lower than most folk I know despite it being highly specialised. I take pride in my work and have high standards relative to my colleagues but this results in me being given (even) more work and obviously without extra pay. This is why I want to minimise work as much as possible because it’s just a constant stressor, and the pandemic has made that feeling more acute.