Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” single inspired Great Resignation

Beyoncé’s new single is an ode to quit the fuss and get more sleep, but what is The Great Retirement?

In news I never thought I’d be writing, Beyoncé accidentally became the spokesperson for The Great Retirement.

The singer released her first single Break my soul from her upcoming seventh studio album Act 1 Renaissance on Monday and it was already marked as having “great rejection energy” from The carved, and fans joked about taking it as a signal to file a notice.

The song tells listeners as frankly as possible about the benefits of leaving the routine work and returning to “really good sleep.” In her opening line, Beyoncé sings, “I just quit my job / I’m about to find a new engine / Damn, they work me so hard / Working by nine / Then at five.”

In fact, it starts a revolution in overtime pay. The title, which she writes in capital letters, is the cherry on top of this fruit, with fruits that protect workers’ rights.

But Queen Bey wasn’t the catalyst in her own right to inspire a generation to quit, but she’s tapping into the Great Retirement trend that has grown in the world’s largest economies during and after the pandemic.

And while buzzwords about a massive reprioritization between work and personal life have emerged in the US, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia is showing signs of its own big exit.

ABS quarterly workforce statistics showed that the national employee turnover rate (or “leaving” rate) rose to 9.5% per annum until February 2022 – the highest level since 2012.

This means that 1.3 million people (9.5% of employees) have changed jobs, the highest annual rate of job mobility since 2012.

Another 5.2% of employees reported that they plan to change jobs in the next 12 months.

Consulting firm ASPL CEO Chris Grant has predicted that figure could hit 15% by the end of the year as the job market tightens, unemployment falls to new lows, inflation continues to weigh on the cost of living, and workers seek “better paid and more profitable jobs.” pleasure.”

“Employees who are unhappy will leave, and increasingly they are using their negotiating power to demand pay increases,” Ms Grant said.

“With skills shortages emerging across all industries in Australia and job postings at all-time highs, it’s time to look for a new job.”

Job mobility has been particularly pronounced for women, rising from 7.6 percent to 10 percent over the same period (it rose from 7.5 percent to 9.1 percent for men), many of whom are finding their voice by demanding higher wages and more. satisfying work in their already overburdened lives.

Leisa Sargent, Senior Associate Dean at UNSW Business School, says women in particular have the overwhelming feeling that “there’s nothing left in the tank” after the pandemic.

“If there is nothing left, how can we build a reservoir,” she said. “This ability to respond to future exogenous shocks, such as the next pandemic or another crisis?”

She said that during the pandemic, women have been bearing the brunt of caregiving, balancing work from home with home schooling, while balancing regular household chores.

And many women have also found themselves on the front lines of the pandemic as health workers. ABS reports that 77.9 per cent of health and social care workers are women.

Latest Women’s Ambition Report found that 31% of 1,400 respondents spend more time on homework, and 39% say burnout could hinder their ambitions in the next two years.

Nearly 30% of respondents reported that their career prospects are less optimistic than before the pandemic.

A separate study found that young people are more likely to change jobs to better suit their personal desires.

A Randstad Workmonitor study of 35,000 employees in 34 countries (including Australia) found that a third of respondents quit jobs that didn’t fit with their personal lives. This figure has risen to 40 percent among those aged 35 and younger.

Only 30% of Generation X respondents would do the same, and only 25% of Baby Boomers did the same.

A majority of cross-generational respondents said their personal lives are “more important than their work lives”, happiness at work has been a priority since the pandemic, and they want their values ​​to be reflected in the company’s mission.

More than half of Gen Z and Millennials said they would quit their job if it gets in the way of their enjoyment of life (56% and 55% respectively), while only 38% of Baby Boomers did so.

So it seems that the wheels of the Great Renunciation were already in motion before Beyoncé’s musical intervention. But perhaps now anyone who teeters on the brink of indecision will have a soundtrack to play as they walk out the door of the office.

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