by: Josh Feinberg
5.0 from 1 votes The Covid-19 pandemic has created a new paradigm for workplace culture in the United States. Hybrid and remote working models are quickly beginning to take precedent, prompting employees to demand more flexible work arrangements. As employers discuss the return of in-person work, 43 percent of Americans have concerns about the health and safety of the workplace – with many threatening to leave their jobs if not addressed. Experts have labeled the current job market “The Great Resignation,” laying bare how greatly employees hold the power in today’s labor market. In August alone, 4.3 million Americans — nearly 3% of the nation’s workforce — quit their jobs, giving workers tremendous leverage as they look for other opportunities and reevaluate their priorities amid the pandemic. This shift is not without a reason. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly impacted mental health and increased worker anxiety across the country. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, U.S. workers are some of the most stressed employees in the world. Some 57 percent of U.S. and Canadian workers — whose surveyed data was combined — report feeling stressed daily, up by eight percent from the previous year.