KSL INVESTIGATES

Hiring and keeping workers amid the ‘Great Resignation’

Jan 25, 2022, 6:31 PM | Updated: Jun 8, 2022, 4:18 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — With a worker shortage, companies are having to get creative to hire and keep workers. And workers — in this period dubbed by economists as the “Great Resignation,” where employees are quitting their jobs en masse — have more power than they did just a few years ago. So, what do they want from their employers?

You may assume that the deal between a boss and a worker largely comes down to compensation, and you would be right to a point, said John Waldmann, CEO and founder of Homebase — an HR services company.

“They like to have a positive and uplifting experience at work,” he said.

Considering the current job market, Homebase conducted a survey which they shared with the KSL Investigators.

What do employees say they want? Things like a short commute, flexible hours, and a good company culture are high on the list. And even more so than good pay, workers say they want good leaders.

“The number one factor that people are looking for when choosing a job was company leadership,” Waldmann explained.

Emily Tsitrian is a manager with a Silicon Valley company and has also written, “Make Me the Boss,” a how-to book for millennials entering the workforce. She said employees are holding a lot of the cards.

“I think we’re observing one of the biggest shifts in power and dynamics in the relationship between employers and employees since maybe the 20’s,” Tsitrian said.

And she agrees that pay is taking less of the conversation.

Emily Tsitrian, a manager in financial tech, explains to KSL’s Matt Gephardt how the power in workplace dynamics is shifting to workers.

“Demands for not only better working conditions, but also upholding of certain values for employers,” Tsitrian explained.

Is the company environmentally conscious? Do they support causes that you support?

In this market, these types of considerations can be the difference between a worker taking a job or passing.

“It’s taken employers a bit to really get used to the new normal and meeting the ever-changing demands of the labor force as it is today,” Tsitrian said.

Employer demands are shifting, too. Not so long ago, bosses really emphasized experience. But more and more, they are looking for people they think will fit in well with their teams first, and then will train new hires on the job.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

KSL Investigates

(KSL TV)...
Matt Gephardt and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Get Gephardt: Accidental bill pay leaves woman fighting two years for a $1,387 refund

A Brigham City woman says she can't get a refund for money she accidentally sent to CenturyLink, so she decided it was time to Get Gephardt.
1 day ago
These ballots that have been processed must be kept for two years. (KSL TV)...
Daniella Rivera and Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

KSL Investigation finds few cases of election crimes prosecuted in Utah 

Nearly one in five Utahns polled believe midterm elections won’t be fair and accurate. As election officials seek to restore voter confidence, KSL Investigator Daniella Rivera went looking for the facts of election crimes in Utah.  
2 days ago
Get Gephardt...
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage, KSL TV

Get Gephardt helps a Clearfield man get his solar panels hooked up after months of delay

Imagine having solar panels installed on your roof but then being unable to get the company to actually hook them up. It happened to Clearfield man and when the company stopped responding, he decided it was time to Get Gephardt.
3 days ago
Kalie Jones and Nick Hulse were allowed to bring their children home from foster care after a judge...
Daniella Rivera

Drug tests deemed ‘not sufficiently reliable’ in one child welfare case are commonly used in Utah

A Utah judge ruled that a certain type of drug test was “not sufficiently reliable" in a couple’s legal effort to be reunified with their children, but Utah’s child welfare agency isn’t signaling any plans to stop using the tests it’s relied on increasingly over the last two years.  
3 days ago
FILE...
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Get Gephardt: How cybercriminals use social engineering to get us to hand over our sensitive info

You can have the strongest password, but the bad guys know there is one weakness they can use to hack into your system - you!
4 days ago
Delric Ellington and Kael Ellington talk about a stray bullet that entered their Salt Lake City hom...
Annie Knox and Daniella Rivera, KSL TV

Amid increase in youth shooting deaths, Utah pediatricians push for tougher gun laws

The number of Utah children and teens killed by gunfire reached a record high in 2020, in part because of a spike in homicides. Two Utah pediatricians are calling on the state to pass what they see as solutions to the troubling trend.
7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Hiring and keeping workers amid the ‘Great Resignation’