Great Resignation hits with 1m stop

Jasmine McDonald was micro-managed by an overbearing boss and chained to her laptop. Then, like a million other Aussies, she quit her “toxic” job.

When Jasmine McDonald removed the “distraction” from the office while working from home during the lockdown, she quickly realized her workplace was “toxic”.

She was ‘chained to her laptop’, working an extra hour every day, while also being contacted out of office hours and most weekends by the corporate technology company where she had worked for five years.

The software integration coordinator felt she was “sinking” into her job at a company she said was purely money-driven, where she would manage up to 30 projects at once.

“It was just a constant barrage of phone calls and messages. It was almost like being micromanaged in lockdown,” she told

“It felt like you couldn’t get away from your desk, go to the bathroom, have coffee, have lunch — you had to sit there all the time for fear of missing out.”

The 39-year-old said she was paid to work 37.5 hours but ended up working 45 to 50 hours a week, especially during Sydney’s 2020 lockdown.

During her time at the company, her role had also evolved to include a lot more responsibility, but her salary had barely changed, she said, leaving her with about $60,000, which was well below industry standards.

In the end she became “very” burnt out

“I was very dissatisfied. I had tried to change my role and progress within the company but you tend to be pigeonholed if you do your job very well – the company doesn’t want to move you because they have to find someone to replace you , so they want to keep you where they feel comfortable,” she added.

“But I didn’t want to do anything, I had no motivation. I had decision fatigue. I felt like I was chained to my desk and stagnant and just existing.”

The great layoff begins

At the same time, her 14-year relationship also broke down and when she turned to her then-husband for support and told him she would “wake up one morning and go into a coma” due to the mental health effects of her job, she said. . there was no support.

She knew then that she had to make a change, send in her resume, “stalk” LinkedIn and go to every available job interview, and land a new job in January of last year.

Ms McDonald isn’t the only Aussie to quit her job in 2021 as part of The great layoffa phenomenon affecting the US will cause millions of workers to quit each month.

New figures show that nearly 10 percent of Australia’s workforce left their jobs last year — a staggering 1.3 million people, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

It was the largest number Australians change jobs since 2012.

Happiness comes before money

Ms McDonald said it was time for employers to recognize great employees before it’s too late.

“When I told my manager I was leaving, he said, ‘How much do you want?’ I was like, ‘I have to leave and acknowledge my work?'” she said.

“Businesses need to recognize staff while they’re there – don’t try to recognize them when they’re already out the door. I said it wasn’t about the money, I stepped aside, but since I’ve been in my new role, I’ve been offered rewards and recognition.”

She said the new role, which is healthcare-based, is completely different, giving her the satisfaction she so desperately wanted, rather than waking up to a feeling of “fear”

“For me it was about my mental health and my sanity rather than a big financial gain and that’s more my motivator when it comes to my job – it’s the satisfaction I get from my job,” she said.

“I’d rather be happy and have good mental health than make a lot of money.”

In fact, the Sydneysider has found love again and her new partner also threw in his six-figure salary job as a business analyst to take a serious pay cut to become a pilot.

Cancellations can skyrocket

Kris Grant, CEO of management consultancy ASPL, has forecast that the quit rate could reach 15 percent by the end of the year as the job market tightens and unemployment rates are low.

She said the ABS data was clear evidence that the country was seeing the start of The Great Resignation in Australia.

“We have seen the turnover rate rise to a 10-year high of 9.5 percent as the labor market tightens and the unemployment rate plummets to a nearly 50-year low of 3.9 percent,” she said.

“Unhappy employees walk away and increasingly use their bargaining power to demand higher salaries.

“The recent increase in labor mobility has been more pronounced for women, jumping 10 percent from 7.6 percent, while that for men rose to 9.1 percent from 7.5 percent.

“Some women are using their power to walk away from low-paying jobs, and we would encourage women seeking new jobs to charge more money to try to close the gender pay gap, which is nationally at an unacceptably high level. 14 percent.”

With skills shortages across all sectors in Australia and vacancies at historic highs, looking for a new job has never been better, Ms Grant advised.
“More broadly, as inflation is rising faster than wage costs, we can expect workers in several industries to increase wage demands to account for higher inflation,” she added.

“That risk increases as inflation gets higher and the number of vacancies also rises. Employers need to listen to the demands of their employees, especially with the labor market tightening so quickly, or they could lose their most valuable resource, their workforce.”

The ABS also found that people were more likely to change to a job with more hours (36 percent) than to a job with the same hours (33 percent) or fewer hours (31 percent).

But a survey by financial firm Wisr found that 21 percent of Aussies want to quit but claim they can’t because of massive debt, while just over half see financial constraints and life pressures as the main obstacle to their career aspirations.

Did you quit your job or make a big change in your life this year? We look forward to hearing from you

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