The Great Resignation shows no sign of slowing down. In December, 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the Labor Department’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, bringing the total to a record 47.4 million people who voluntarily left their jobs last year. And many aren’t going back to work.
The “antiwork” movement, fueled by Gen Z and Millennial workers, is growing. The viral Reddit thread — r/antiwork — has 1.7 million members. There are similar movements across the globe, like the Tang ping movement in China, a social protest movement that rejects the pressure to constantly be more productive and competitive at work. Many are opting out of work because they don’t feel there’s a point to it — wages not keeping pace with inflation, coupled with rising student debt keeps workers on an endless “rat race” treadmill with diminishing returns.