When the COVID-19 pandemic forced most employees to work from home, it shook the job market. The lockdown prompted many workers to quit or seek better jobs, inspiring the term "The Great Resignation," as they shifted to take care of family or re-evaluated their lives and careers. As a result, employers have had to adapt -- from allowing remote work to implementing new diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, and creating belonging such as the establishment of employee resource groups.
"I think it's vital that organizations build a strong employer brand that will attract diverse talent so workers feel they can thrive in that organization," says Teresa McKinney, assistant vice president and director for diversity and inclusion at UNT.
Whether you're an alumnus who resigned from your position looking for a better opportunity or a recent graduate seeking your first job, you can tap into the Career Center -- which provides help with resumes, interviews and other aspects of the job search.
Here, three members of the UNT community discuss the impact of the jobs shift.
Management lecturer in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business and program director of Coursera B.S. General Business Degree
"Employers can allow for more autonomy of when and where employees choose to work. If a job can be done remotely, then there are virtually no geographic limitations on where the employee lives, meaning companies can expand their recruitment pools beyond traditional regional recruitment. This also may allow for more access to diverse talent."
Assistant vice president and director for diversity and inclusion for UNT's Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access
"Organizational change and disruptions always create uncertainty among employees, but for many historically marginalized workers, the question remains as to how these current disruptions will affect their experience, retention and job opportunities in the future. Employers must be sensitive to employees' perceptions of support, equity and employee well-being."
"The increase in labor demand is impressive in most sectors of the local economy. College-educated workers are especially in demand from these new firms. But the economy may be facing a mild recession in the short term, and the strong labor market demand may give younger workers a false sense of security in their employment decisions."