Horse race How can companies use this moment as an opportunity to position themselves as a valued employer? (Credit: Robert Adrian Hillman/

When the Wall Street Journal runs an article called “How to Quit Your Job Gracefully,” it’s clear something very different is going on. As the pandemic that wreaked havoc on businesses and left millions unemployed enters a new phase and the Delta variant renewing our sense of fear and uncertainty, instructions on how to walk away from a paycheck seem out of place, to say the least.

Yet, it’s one of the hottest topics among employees and employers today. After more than a year of adaptation to remote and hybrid scenarios, there is a reckoning of sorts in which workers are reimagining the role of their career within the bigger picture. With more than 4 million people leaving their jobs in April alone, it’s clear that companies that don’t address the new needs of a fundamentally changed workforce may end up scrambling amidst what is being called the Great Resignation.

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