Employees have become increasingly aware of their value and the skills they bring to the table, causing many to expect to make a higher salary in their next position. (Credit: 200dgr/Shutterstock.com)

The workplace has shifted immensely in 2021, with the U.S. forced to grapple with a historic labor shortage. Employees have grown used to their home offices and virtual team meetings. And perhaps most striking, employers saw employees gain the upper hand and voice their desires for better compensation and benefits packages in this candidate's market.

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