Vivien Grace
7 min readJun 21, 2021


Thinking of Joining “The Great Resignation?” 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Job in 2021.

Sometimes the grass is greener, and others it's just a different shade of green.

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The majority of Americans are vaccinated, and cautious optimism is in the air after a year of hardship, anxiety, and devastating loss.

U.S. workers have tendered their resignations in historically high numbers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and a recent study on “The Great Resignation” trend, published on, predicts that employees will continue quitting in record numbers throughout 2021.

The healthcare and technology industries saw the highest annual increases in resignations in 2020–2021, and managers left their jobs at a stunning 12 % rate, citing long hours, stress, and lack of child care.

As a business owner and hiring professional, I’ve unfortunately witnessed my own employees jump ship during the pandemic, in addition to hearing from hundreds of healthcare professionals about their motivations for a job change.

My anecdotal research has provided further insight into the “Great Resignation.” Employees are overworked, anxious, and feel undervalued; many believe they are underpaid as well.

However, perception is not always reality, and reality itself is often temporary. While the aftershocks of the global pandemic may resonate for years to come, it remains to be seen if American employers will go back to “business as usual” or make significant adjustments to retain their staff.

Here are 3 Questions to Ask Yourself before tendering that resignation letter:

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  1. Is money my primary motivator?

Multiple studies on employee satisfaction conclude that money is in the top five factors that drive happiness in the workplace, but it is surprisingly never number one.

While recent wage reports show a most promising increase in American worker salaries after twenty years of stagnation, the 2.85 % average wage growth remains modest.

So, if you’re hoping to capitalize on the post-COVID hiring surge to get a 20–30 % raise…



Vivien Grace

Writer, Yogi, Entrepreneur & Esthetician. Hope you enjoy my unsolicited opinions on dating, wellness, politics & pop culture.