While the “Great Resignation” continues to play out globally, 1.3M workers (9.5%) changed jobs here in Australia from Feb 21-22, as reported by the ABS. People are central to building and maintaining a successful and competitive business, and though companies have adopted new normal working conditions, this reflects a passive shift rather than an active one for many.

Organisations need to re-integrate as an active and dynamic program to work to mitigate the risk of the “Great Resignation”, with the need to capitalise on all we’ve learned about ourselves following the pandemic to positively and willfully transform.

As leaders evaluate risk across the spectrum of their business, with their workforce and talent being key pillars, we need to actively engage in discussion with our people and peers to establish both flexibility and constraint.

Constraint may seem like a concept out of step with the need to be flexible, but there needs to be checks and balances like all sound systems. It needs to work equally for both employer and employee, not just assumed but mutually agreed.

Has your business slipped into a new status quo without active revision and consultation across the team?

We need to take active steps to re-integrate the workforce, re-engage and collaborate to structure the business positively and sustainably to ensure that we maintain cohesion commercially while giving our people the opportunity to realise their best, personally and professionally.

An often-mentioned phrase is that people don’t leave companies, they leave people, which has never been more true than today. The core of that statement highlights that companies are a collective of people working towards a common goal and not a tax entity, humanity is at the core.

It’s not just a “job” anymore.