As the US is transitioning to a post-Covid world, companies are gearing up to recall their employees to the workplaces. But surveys indicate that many of these employees may not be ready to get back to the old norm. Many employees have had an opportunity to reduce expenses, pay off debts and save money, and they feel that the costs associated with burnout at work are far higher. Some are re-evaluating what’s important in life and wondering whether to start their own ventures, go back to school or spend more time with their families. The freedom and autonomy that they have experienced while working from home are important factors that are making many ponder deeper questions about life’s meaning and purpose -- and question whether traditional work arrangements contribute to overall happiness and wellbeing. For employers, this may be the cue to listen more deeply to their employees and re-craft jobs to support the pursuit of happiness and purpose.

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