Contextualizing the Great Resignation (A Follow-Up to 'Are Attitudes Toward Work Changing? A Note')
11 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2022 Last revised: 28 Jun 2022
Date Written: January 7, 2022
This working paper extends the 'Mertonian' analysis of the author's prior working paper 'Are Attitudes Toward Work Changing? A Note' with a consideration of post-pandemic labor market data, in particularly the elevated quit rate that has led to talk of a 'Great Resignation.' Alongside the depressed labor force participation rate, and the increasing labor strife, the paper makes the case for the quit rate being only one dimension of broadly declining acceptance of the orthodox expectation of an economically individualistic work-centered life already evident before the pandemic, while still acknowledging that the pandemic has accelerated that trend.
Keywords: The Great Resignation, quit rate, COVID-19 Pandemic, work, labor, work culture, societal attitudes toward work, sociology, Robert Merton, neoliberalism
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