Heads up, employers. Workers are prepared to resign — some even if they don’t have a new job lined up.

Known as “The Great Resignation,” a whopping 19 million employees quit their jobs just between March 2021 and July 2021. This is a seven-million increase compared to the same timeframe the year before.

Wellbeing company Limeade conducted a survey of 1,000 American workers who started a new job in 2021 to examine what exactly caused this mass exodus, and what employers can do to hang onto their people.

Burnout is No. 1 problem
So what were the top reasons for workers leaving their companies?

Burnout came out on top, with 40% citing that as the cause of their resignation. Thirty-seven percent were looking for better pay, and 34% of people left due to organizational changes at their companies. A lack of flexibility, discrimination and not feeling valued all tied at 20%.

Nineteen percent of people quit due to insufficient benefits, and 16% felt their company wasn’t supporting their well-being.
These concerns were so pressing that 28% of people resigned without having a new job lined up. This is particularly alarming to employers, because this means they could lose workers at a moment’s notice.