A recent article from The Atlantic doesn’t mince words about the current labor market in the United States: “Quitting your job is hot this summer. More Americans quit in May than any other month on record going back to the beginning of the century.”
The article then goes on to highlight the following, all U.S. data from the month of May:
- Nearly five of every 100 hotel, restaurant, bar, and retail workers left their roles
- Over 700,000 white-collar employees quit their jobs, the top monthly number ever recorded
- More than four in 10 workers in all industries and roles are considering leaving their current job
With similar issues potentially occurring around the world, talent professionals everywhere should take a moment to assess their company’s retention efforts — as well as recruitment strategies to entice candidates in a job market that may soon be flooded with talent.
Check out the full story from The Atlantic at the top of our list below of must-read articles for talent professionals. The list also features plenty more enticing content to give your Friday a boost, including why hiring the formerly incarcerated shouldn’t be overlooked in candidate searches; why challenging assumptions and busting myths should be a key part of every HR professional’s role; and why privacy robots, hot desks, and balloon walls could soon become a part of the return-to-office lexicon.
Here are the must-read articles for this week:
1. What Quitters Understand About the Job Market (The Atlantic)
2. We Hire the Formerly Incarcerated — and It’s the Key to Our Success (Fast Company)
3. People Analytics: Why Every HR Professional Needs to Be a Myth Buster (The SAP News Center)
4. Work Flexibility, Popular With Employees, Is Hardly a Holy Grail (The Wall Street Journal)
5. How Chevron Became a Model Workplace for Transgender Employees (LinkedIn Talent Blog)
6. The Four-Day Workweek Is Finally Catching On (Quartz at Work)
7. 10 Strategic Interview Questions to Ask Candidates in a Tiebreak (The Hire Talent)
8. Lessons from One Law Firm’s Pre-Pandemic Shift to Hybrid Work (Harvard Business Review)
10. Google’s Plan for the Future of Work: Privacy Robots and Balloon Walls (The New York Times)
This week’s must-listen podcast:
Welcome to the ‘Life Is Too Short’ Economy (The Ezra Klein Show)
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