You might have heard of the “Great Resignation,” where millions of people left their jobs in pursuit of a more fulfilling career. Well, it turns out that not everyone managed to find that. A March survey showed that one in five people who left their job regretted doing so, and only about a quarter of people said they liked their new job enough to stay.
Part of the reason here seems to be that hiring employers may have overpromised or misled interviewees about what the job would entail in a desperate attempt to try and get workers to join. In fact, nearly three-quarters of people who switched jobs said their new role was different from what they were led to believe.
“Looking back, I was tempted to move based on over-promises made by my new boss, who was desperate to hire anybody,” said Lucy, a job-switcher. “By my second day at work, I was deeply regretting the choice I’d made. It felt like I’d taken a step back in my career.”
“With the labor market as competitive as it is, we’re seeing many recruiters with flashy sales pitches trying to attract workers with a big pay rise on top,” said Shayla Thurlow, a contributor to an employment advice website. “But it’s leading to some jobseekers taking roles or working for organizations that don’t meet their needs, meaning they soon experience regret.”