When you wake up to go to work in the morning, do you dread another day in the office or do you actually not mind going to work? Many people actually dread going to work in the morning and are starting to do something about it.
According to the Labor Department’s latest JOLTS report, four million people quit their jobs in April of 2021. That’s a 20-year record. The rate of workers voluntarily leaving their jobs hit an all-time high of 2.7% during that month.
Is this a fluke or a trend?
Some believe this could be a trend as more workers look for new opportunities that are more fulfilling. Many people are looking for jobs that satisfy more than their bank accounts. It may be an effect of the pandemic as people had more time to evaluate what they really wanted to do in their lives and realized they weren’t currently doing it.
Taking the Entrepreneur Leap
I’ve always been a fan of finding your passion and taking a stab at entrepreneurship if that’s where your path takes you. It seems like these days more people are trying that path.
The rate of new business applications since mid-2020 has been the highest on record. Food services and non-store retail are two of the most popular industries drawing new entrepreneurs.
Why are people taking this path?
I believe that for many it’s because people just want to be happy when they’re at work. When you actually enjoy your job it doesn’t even feel like work. But, when you hate your job, it becomes more of a chore…a chore that you despise doing.
Who wants to live like that? I know I don’t. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to leave my “dream job” and take the entrepreneurship role. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it was going to be scary at times too. But, I also knew it was going to be worth it.
I think that is what more people are beginning to realize. They want to be happy. Many others are just burnt out. They end up taking their work home with them both literally and figuratively. They end up thinking about work so much when they’re home that they can’t sleep and they get burnt out. There’s only so much of that someone can take, right?
There’s something to be said about doing a job you love because you can’t put a price on personal happiness. You have to decide what’s more important and only you can do that for yourself.
I always tell people that you may have to try on a few different job hats before you find the one that fits. It’s okay if you can’t find what you want at first. Don’t get frustrated, just keep on moving forward. If you do find something you love on the first try, that’s great, but very few people can.
If you’re ready to take that leap of faith, be ready for an exciting ride that will leave you happy and fulfilled in the end.