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Has anyone else noticed that the pandemic caused their social circles to shrink? Everyone’s circumstances are different, of course, but from my perspective it seems that the number of fair-weathered friends and acquaintances one has – the types of people you may run into at an event or bar, and engage in surface-level conversation with – has dwindled. This is mostly because the past 16 months have presented little to no opportunities to visit such events or bars, leaving us with more time to invest in the people we’re closest with. It’s also because recent events have led us to form strong opinions on big issues, like social justice and what behaviors are considered risky during a pandemic, leading some to distance themselves from individuals who have exhibited opinions and behaviors that they can’t respect.

With true colors being revealed and toxic and/or unfulfilling connections being eliminated, people are simplifying their lives and reprioritizing who deserves to be a part of them. And it seems that they’re feeling the same way when it comes to their jobs.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately four million U.S. workers quit their jobs in April 2021 – the highest number ever recorded since the BLS began reporting the data in December 2000. Some of the common employer behaviors that have triggered resignations, based on anecdotal evidence, include: Forcing workers to come back into the office, stealing away the time they’ve been able to carve out for healthy habits like exercise and hobbies; refusing to accommodate workers who request flexibility to attend to childcare or other family-related needs; not offering ­competitive enough wages; and not doing enough to protect onsite workers from contracting COVID-19 on the job.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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