Grocery workers refuse to be disposable post-pandemic
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Nov 9, 2021
Grocery workers refuse to be disposable post-pandemic

More than half of grocery workers in the US want to quit, citing post-pandemic burnout, poor pay, and lack of respect. Stemming the torrent of resignations will rely on brands not begrudgingly capitulating to workers’ demands, but actively championing and safeguarding their wellbeing.

According to a report from Axonify, 56% of grocery workers in the US want to quit their job, with leading reasons for resignation including pandemic induced burnout (58%), poor compensation (52%), and a lack of appreciation from management or peers (53%). This latest statistic comes after the US saw 4.3 million voluntary resignations in August 2021 – the highest amount since records began in the year 2000. The hardest hit are frontline jobs, where workers have started to realize the essential nature of their roles and are beginning to demand more from employers in terms of pay, respect, and protections. "These are viewed as essential jobs done by disposable workers," says John Logan, a US labor historian.