The Great Resignation – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

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DAYTON — Millions of Americans have quit their jobs, and many industries are facing a labor shortage — people are calling it “The Great Resignation.”

A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that 4.3 million people quit in December.

This is slightly less than the record of 4.5 million in November.

The University of Dayton is hosting an event aimed at finding solutions to one of the economic ramifications of the pandemic.

“The number one issue we’re tracking right now is that business leaders are really struggling to attract and retain top talent,” said Rainmaker Thinking CEO and employer-employee relations guru Bruce Tulgan.

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Tulgan will be the guest speaker at an executive development program at UD later this month.

He said the pandemic has only exacerbated the recruiting and retention problem for companies.

“What happened during the pandemic is that these long-term trends accelerated by about 20 years in 20 months,” Tulgan told John Bedell of News Center 7.

According to Tulgan, all sorts of factors are leading to a shrinking workforce.

Like baby boomers deciding to push back their retirement for a few years during the pandemic, people’s family care is changing and people are simply rethinking their working lives, careers and futures.

Tulgan said companies need to do more than offer better pay to attract people to the job market.

People want to be in control of their own schedules and location, Tulgan said.

He also said workers want supportive leadership, learning opportunities and choice in the type of projects they can work on.

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The Center for Leadership at the University of Dayton is hosting the event.

The event is aimed at human resources and hiring professionals, managers and anyone who has a role to play in the hiring and retention process.

Brent Kondritz, executive director of the UD Center for Leadership, said what the center has been doing for more than 20 years is sticking donkeys and asking leaders of regional organizations what the burning issues are.

Kondritz said that when trying to find someone with knowledge of employee-employer relations, they thought of Tulgan, who has spoken to UD before.

UD will host the event on February 22 at Daniel J. Curran Place located at 1700 S Patterson Boulevard in Dayton.

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