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 Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.

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