The Current State of Employee Resignations

Resignation Letter
Resignation Letter (Photo credit: Graham Ballantyne)

One of the interesting phenomenons I have observed (and have confirmed with colleagues in other industries) is how many employees today resign from their positions, providing their employers with little to no notice.   It wasn’t that long ago, that resigning your position without providing the customary two-weeks’ notice would have been unconscionable – even if you worked part-time or were ‘summer help’.  Nowadays, leaving without any notice is most definitely in fashion.  When one takes a step back and looks at some of the demographics, it appears that more often than not, it’s a Millennial.   Per dictionary.com:Millennial

noun

( usually initial capital letter ) Informal . a person born in the 1980s or 1990s, especially in the U.S.; a member of Generation Y: Millennials are facing a deep economic crisis”.

Though one should not paint all Millennials with the same brush, any employee (regardless of generation) who resigns without notice (unless there is a good reason) appears not to care that they are not leaving their employer in good standing.  Either they don’t know, don’t inquire, or don’t care (or some combination thereof) that their lack of notice is being documented in their re-hire status.
In addition, they are leaving their employer short-handed, often during the most inopportune time for the business.  Fellow workers need to pitch-in and pick up the slack from the exiting employee – and sometimes, permanently, due to the current economy.
Another point to consider is that the world is a lot smaller now, thanks to social media and the internet.  It’s not uncommon for the word to travel that you have left your employer with no notice.  One might well expect that if you did that to your current employer, you are likely to repeat that action again with a future employer.
Then again, maybe this phenomenon is becoming the ‘new normal’, and I and my fellow Baby Boomers need to just ‘get over it’.
per dictionary.com:

“baby boomer

noun

a person born during a baby boom,  especially one born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1965″.
Thoughts?
Good luck.
The HRmeister

One Reply to “The Current State of Employee Resignations”

  1. Love the photo – why bother going to the trouble of writing a lengthy memo when you can just get to the point?

    You’ve made some interesting assumptions. Here’s another I’d like to offer & hope others will post their own comments.

    Perhaps this is the unintended consequence of the impact when RIF’d employees are given 15 minutes to clear out – and an escort to the door. Whether it happens at your company or not, that’s what Millennial have come to expect.

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