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4 Reasons Why Millenials Are Quitting Jobs in the Great Resignation

4 Reasons Why Millenials Are Quitting Jobs in the Great Resignation

In 2021, millions of Americans quit their jobs, leaving employers scrambling for ways to fill job openings. The media referred to the occurrence as the Great Resignation, and its full effect may not be known for years to come. But most people seem to agree that such a large number of people resigning from their jobs will have effects on the way business is done now and in the future. The question is why have so many younger people felt the need to leave their places of employment? Read on for possible answers.

COVID-19 Pandemic

When it comes to figuring out the causes of the Great Resignation, it’s impossible to overlook the global pandemic as one of the contributors. Due to COVID-19, millions of people around the country and around the world were prevented from going into their places of business due to lockdowns and closures. People were forced to stay home for their own safety.

Whereas once these workers were required to go to a physical building to work, they suddenly found that working from home was essential. This forced many people, especially millennials and younger adults, to rethink their lives and what’s most important to them. Some discovered that spending eight hours a day in a cubicle inside a windowless office building just wasn’t what they wanted to do with the rest of their lives.

Desire for More Freedom

Just as the COVID-19 pandemic forced many millennials to work from home, it also opened their eyes to the fact that they enjoyed the freedom that remote work provided. There was no more sitting in traffic for hours, dealing with office politics, and even having to worry about getting to work on time. People had more control over how they worked and what they did with their time.

But when some employers told their workers that they would have to go back into the office or lose their jobs, many workers chose the latter option. These workers found that the freedom that they enjoyed working from home was actually more valuable to them than a job itself. By quitting, workers showed employers that they were sick of the constraints of the in-office model and wouldn’t abide by them.

Senior Management’s Outdated Policies

Another reason that millennials have chosen to quit their jobs is that senior management teams simply don’t get them. When younger employees asked for senior managers to be more transparent about certain decisions, they may have balked. When millennials asked for more perks related to their mental and physical well-being, senior management may have refused. Younger employees viewed certain policies as outdated or making no sense.

As for senior managers, they may have viewed younger employees as opinionated, naive, and entitled. What they may not have understood is that the younger employees are the future of the company and that giving their suggestions serious consideration and even implementing some of them may benefit the business in the long run.

Entrepreneurial Aspirations

Many millennials quit their jobs because they want to start their own companies or explore other opportunities. This seems to be the age of entrepreneurship with many people, young and old, choosing to start their own businesses. This spirit of entrepreneurship has given people the confidence to believe that they can make it financially without a typical nine-to-five job.

The internet and technological innovation have also made many online work opportunities possible. Everything from consulting to moderating to YouTube and other sites that allow monetization have become money-making options for millennials looking to free themselves from the shackles of an employer. With so many ways to make money without ever leaving the confines of home, some employers are having a hard time competing.

Final Thoughts

The Great Resignation has resulted in millions of young people leaving their jobs for greener pastures. Some of the reasons millennials are choosing to leave employers include closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a desire for more freedom, inflexible policies of senior management, and a desire to become an entrepreneur or pursue other opportunities. Young people are discovering that they are now able to make their own rules about how to live and work.


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by Rebecca Jones // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

Opinions expressed by contributors are their own.