From January 2022 to May 2022, Al Jazeera reported that approximately 20 million Americans quit their jobs, forcing companies to scramble in a bid to fill these positions.
Others speculate that folks who were asked to work remotely are now wont to operate in a similar fashion and no longer desire to seek employment opportunities that do not offer either full or partial work-from-home hours.
And then there are those who have speculated that stay-at-home orders implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have given workers the chance to reflect more on what really makes them happy, away from the hustle and bustle of their daily commutes to a job that isn't necessarily their dream.
Inc.com published some interesting data-driven viewpoints that strongly suggest why so many Americans are decided to quit their companies and it may have a lot to do with the hundreds of thousands of people who've opted instead to be self-employed and run their own businesses.
Whatever the reason (or combination of them), there are still a significant number of people quitting their jobs and proudly posting about it on social media, like TikToker Odalis, who posts under the username @odalispm3.
Odalis writes in a series of text overlays in a now viral TikTok that they've decided to suddenly quit their job without handing in their 2-weeks notice. Tons of other TikTok users who saw the post remarked that they are either going to follow suit or that they supported her decision.
Odalis writes in a caption for the video: "ill be okay. my mental health matters more than any job. im ready for whatever is next."
She begins her video looking into the camera while wearing a pink face covering over her mouth, with a text overlay that reds: "I'm quitting my job today." An office is in the background of her clip with no other employees visibly present.
The camera then cuts to a a calendar that reads the month of August, 2022 with several dates x-ed out. She continues, "I've been miserable for a good while now. I can't find the motivation anymore..." this snippet appears over a clock that reads the date: August 19, 2022, 11:29 AM.
The next part of the video shows her feet walking up some concrete steps. "No two week notice. Just a letter of resignation," is the next text overlay to appear on screen.
Many other commenters responded to her video that they've felt the same for a while now. Some cited that they are overworked. Others say that they aren't enjoying their jobs anymore and that they're taking Odalis' TikTok as a "sign" they need to leave their current gig.
"The sign I needed. We are always understaffed I can't even take my breaks and I take my lunch 2 hours before I clock out"
"Been wanting to leave my job for a while but it pays well and it’s hard to take a pay cut"
"Period!!! I’m going to quit my job too. My manager did not have my back & micromanaging is not it. I worked so hard & to them, I haven’t"
There were others who said that the only thing keeping them in their current positions was the fact that they need a paycheck, while others said at-will employees shouldn't be expected to give two weeks' notice, as they can be terminated on the spot by an employer should they choose to do so.
"Normalize not giving a two weeks notice if you’re an at will employee!!!"
"Good for you! I did that at my last job and now I’m studying for cybersecurity and I’m happy"
Odalis wrote in the comments section that she "hope[s] [she] can find something [she] genuinely like[s]."