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The Great Resignation, The Great Exodus, Quiet Quitting

These three 2021-2022 additions to our organizational vocabulary are here to stay. The Great Resignation refers to many people, especially younger employees, resigning from their jobs, often without having another job waiting. This has happened with 4.4 million people per month in the US alone. They were looking for better pay, better working conditions, and more career development opportunities. They were also burned out and more self-reflective. What did they want out of their lives, and where did work fit in?

The Great Exodus has followed the Great Resignation. People are leaving their jobs and companies in droves. Companies are having trouble attracting and retaining employees. In February 2022, there were 11 million job openings in the US. What can companies do? They can make compensation packages more attractive, allow greater work flexibility, and invest in employee well-being.

Quiet Quitting is a new name for an old phenomenon, but it is becoming an epidemic. Essentially, Quiet Quitting means a high degree of disengagement from the work. You do what you are paid for, but not more, and you do it without a passion for your work or your co-workers. You stay in the job, you do what you have to do, and that’s it.

So what are organizations to do when people resign, job openings are abundant but applicants are not, and an increasing number of employees are Quiet Quitting? Companies can do a great deal and the Enneagram can help. The answers can be found in the forthcoming Enneagram in Business Network’s global survey results that will be available by September 15, and some of you will see the results even sooner.

Yes, this is a teaser, but here’s a hint. See the words in italics above. The survey results show how using the Enneagram in organizations contributes dramatically in these italicized areas: career development, employee well-being, and disengagement.


Forbes (2022) Three Strategies That Could Help Solve Your Employee Exodus
NPR (2022) The pandemic pushed people to reevaluate their jobs. Meet 5 who reinvented themselves
Washington Post (2022) ‘Quiet quitting’ isn’t really about quitting. Here are the signs.

Ginger Lapid-Bogda PhD, author of nine Enneagram books, is a speaker, consultant, trainer, and coach. She provides certification programs and training tools for business professionals around the world who want to bring the Enneagram into organizations with high-impact business applications. TheEnneagramInBusiness.com | ginger@theenneagraminbusiness.com

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