The Great Reckoning! Gratitude in Tough Times.
Last year was crazy; anomalies were happening all around us. It was the only time I can remember in history where cars and boats were appreciating assets; houses were nearly doubling in value in certain markets, and yes; candidates were being offered double their salary among other perks to take new job. Last year was dubbed “The Great Resignation” for that very reason!
If 2022 was the Great Resignation, I’m calling this year The Great Reckoning! We saw mass layoffs in Q3 and Q4 of last year across many industries (mostly tech). Our industry (recruiting) was hit as well, including here at recruitAbility. Companies over-hired, paid people more than their skillset deemed, and agreed to unrealistic perks and demands. This is a big reason you saw Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc. have to make deep cuts. As positions are re-filled and companies start growing again, they’re going to be much more careful and critical during the interview process. We’re already seeing that through Q1 of this year. When a candidate gets a job now, the fit will be better for the employer and potential employee b/c both sides will have done their homework.
The fit will be better, and we’ll get back to a time when both employer and candidate are grateful for each other. The Great Reckoning is all about getting back to being grateful to have the opportunity to do work that you love to do!
In a world where economic uncertainty and job loss are becoming increasingly common, having a job can be a reason for immense gratitude. However, it can be easy to take our employment for granted and forget about the many benefits it brings over just a paycheck. Mental Health, Energy Levels, and self-confidence can all be effected.
Having a job gives us a sense of purpose and belonging. Whether we’re working in a traditional office environment, hybrid, or from home, our jobs provide structure and routine to our days, and allow us to contribute to something larger than ourselves. They also give us the opportunity to build relationships with our colleagues and make a positive impact in the world.
Being grateful for our jobs can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health. Research has shown that gratitude can help to boost our mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve our overall well-being. By focusing on the things we’re thankful for, we can shift our perspective and find a greater sense of happiness and contentment, even in difficult times.
The next time you find yourself feeling frustrated or overwhelmed, take a moment to reflect on the things you’re grateful for, including your job. You may be surprised by how much it lifts your spirits. Let’s use the Great Reckoning to be thankful for the opportunities we have!