What are we resigned to do? | Will Richardson | 3 Min Read

Once again, the world is leaving schools behind. 

A recent Microsoft study revealed an astonishing trend across 30 countries: Over 40% of the 30,000 people surveyed said they were thinking of resigning from their current jobs. 


Why? Because as the last year and a half has taught us, many workers have more options than they thought they did. And, because by and large, they’re finding work to be boring and unfulfilling. 

The World Economic Forum notes that the “world of work has been profoundly reshaped by the pandemic.” Specifically:

  • Flexible work is here to stay
  • Leaders are out of touch with employees and need a wake-up call
  • High productivity is masking an exhausted workforce
  • Gen Z is at risk and will need to be re-energized
  • Shrinking networks are endangering innovation
  • Authenticity will spur productivity and wellbeing
  • Talent is everywhere in a hybrid world

Anyone surprised by this? We shouldn’t be. As with many other realities that were living just under the surface, the pandemic, racial and social justice issues, economic inequity, climate change and more are pushing them into the daylight. 

And they’re disruptive. 

In the context of schools, which is where I read…

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Will Richardson

A former public school educator of 22 years, Will Richardson has spent the past 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change. Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use “fearless inquiry” to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future. In 2017, Will was named one of 100 global “Changemakers in Education” by the Finnish site HundrED, and was named one of the Top 5 “Edupreneurs to Follow” by Forbes. He has given keynote speeches, lead breakout sessions, and provided coaching services in over 30 countries on 6 continents. He has also authored six books, and given TEDx Talks in New York, Melbourne, and Vancouver.