The Great Resignation of 2021

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But at the same time that helper was getting the experience needed to eventually become that old man that drinks coffee and talks crap LOL, thats one of the few careers that I have seen that genuinely pay by the experience/ work you put in.
Oh I definitely agree. That was really when I started seeing how screwed up it was to be a heavy mechanic.
 

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I'm definitely fed up with my current environment and ready for a change . . . retirement is an option but I've got less than 4 years until I can get my full retirement so I'm just hoping for a new job opportunity.
 

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Jobs everywhere! Wages are at all time highs! The stock market is at an all time high! Thank God for Joey B!

Psst! The other shoe is about to drop.

I've always been leery of claims of wages going up and up and up. I mean, if everyone makes more money, costs also usually go up. It's always a double-edged sword.
 

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I dont think so at all.
The private sector has been doing more state projects than ODOT for years now and soon knowledge and expertise will suffer from working at home and being less involved with over all plan development and construction. Having access to the knowledge base at the office is a plus but as people leave relationships will suffer leading to less access to that base. Inevitably this will lead to assembly line work.
 

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The private sector has been doing more state projects than ODOT for years now and soon knowledge and expertise will suffer from working at home and being less involved with over all plan development and construction. Having access to the knowledge base at the office is a plus but as people leave relationships will suffer leading to less access to that base. Inevitably this will lead to assembly line work.
While I agree with some of this, not all ODOT employees are/can work at home. Some are doing partly home and partly in office while about 40% I would estimate, are still full time in the office now.
When in history have we seen a government shrink its forces?
I am doing QAQC for consultant plans now and I do not need to be in the main office to perform those duties. When I was doing scoping, I needed to be present in the office and in the field meetings more. The powers that be decided each EM can do their own scopes which is a mistake if you ask me because that is what we moved away from 22 years ago and we had better consistency with the Scoping branch, much better.
But I digress.
Consultants are doing more and more because we simply have more money for more projects than we did 20 or 30 years ago and our forces cant handle that load with our current FTEs.
But I could be wrong.
Nontheless, I can retire any day I wish so whatever happens, I will be fine.
Is there any hiring for experienced people where you are employed?
 

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I hate reading so I didn’t read it all, just the title. I can tell you why resignations are at an all high. I know I sound like a broken record, but millinials (again I know there are many in that range who are exceptions) and up, have no work ethic, and definitely no sense of loyalty, quitting is the new normal.
 

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I hate reading so I didn’t read it all, just the title. I can tell you why resignations are at an all high. I know I sound like a broken record, but millinials (again I know there are many in that range who are exceptions) and up, have no work ethic, and definitely no sense of loyalty, quitting is the new normal.

On the flip side companies have little to no loyalty to their employees, esp those who are long term employees.

I dont bounce around jobs, previous job was 23 years, current going on 15 in a few months.
 

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On the flip side companies have little to no loyalty to their employees, esp those who are long term employees.

I dont bounce around jobs, previous job was 23 years, current going on 15 in a few months.
100% AGREED! That is obvious by the fact that most millinials and up don’t know what it’s like to have company family potluck meals, picnics, and Christmas parties. I worked for an O&G company for 27 years, the last company-oriented family get togethers stopped about the turn of the century, along with company loyalty. Up to my 10th work anniversary, every 5 years we got to pick a gift out of a catalog. Nice gifts too, for the first 5, I got a Dewalt circular saw, the second 5 I got a Bose home stereo system with surround sound. Then the bottom fell out (rather they stopped caring), in 2005 for 15 years, I got a $50 gift card for a dinner, for 20 I got a $25 Walmart card, for 25 I got an ink pen that didn’t work lol.

You are absolutely right, and it could very well be that the disloyalty of employers is what has caused employee disloyalty. The company I worked for from the age of 20, created a job for me, a significant promotion into the corporate ranks. I was in that job for 13 months and out of the blue, I went to work one morning, boss called me in his office, where he and HR were waiting, told me they were eliminating my job and I could take 6 months pay as severance, or take a job that paid $10 less per hour, putting me way down the ladder. I took severance, then with every job I interviewed for I got nothing. I found out soon enough from sources in those companies that they were ‘blackballing’ me. Yes that was extremely illegal of them to do so, I spoke to a lawyer who told me that in the corporate world, where all company management knows all of their counterparts in other companies, how could I prove it! So I was financially finished, that industry is all I ever knew, I searched feverishly for over a year. Eventually I had to pull my retirement, which as you know, if you pull retirement before the age of 59.5 you get 10% in penalties, plus another 30% (give or take) in taxes, so basically I only received around 1/2 of my retirement payout. That doesn’t last long when you are supporting a full household. But I had no choice, I was just trying to survive, but I was thinking with all my O&G experience, I’d surely find something, but no. All of this, plus I had to pay to get certified in a different career field, the cheapest being a CDL, which is extremely tougher nowadays than it was 20 years ago. Needless to say, my retirement is completely gone, and I have no plans to ever retire! So a word to the younger generations, work hard, try your best to be loyal, protect your job to the absolute best of your abilities, but in the big scheme of things, watch out for yourself and your family, because the companies, mostly the big ones, don’t care about you. My career was ended by just what you said, companies are no longer loyal to good, loyal employees…So I figure I’ll have to work for at least 26 years AFTER I die, in order to retire.

I apologize for the long rant, ***Steps down from soapbox***
 
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