A Feb 2, 2022 article in Politico describes The Great Resignation and other broad trends in teaching and highlights how much things have changed since the pandemic began in 2020.
Some of these trends began before Covid and were simply accelerated by the new situation. Others are more directly related to the unique pressures of social distancing, remote learning, and a bundle of other challenges that some are calling The Great Disruption.
- About 55 percent of teachers say because of the pandemic they’re considering leaving their jobs sooner than they’d planned
- The pandemic has accelerated the number of teachers and other staff who are retiring early or leaving in the middle of the year, and it’s not just teachers in mid- to late-career. About 143,000 workers in the education sector quit their jobs in December… and the number of job openings jumped by 58,000
- Meanwhile 90 percent of NEA members reported burn out being “a serious problem” and 91 percent say “pandemic-related stress is a serious problem,” according to the union’s poll.
The NAIS reports similar trends among teachers in private schools. A spring 2021 survey found that 44% of participants reported seeing increases to teacher attrition for the 2021–2022 and indications of heightened stress and anxiety across the profession.
At CalWest we see similar trends in our practical interactions with you and our candidates. Candidate pools are shrinking as the number of open positions increases. Top candidates are being hotly contested, and those strong candidates aren’t waiting to accept new positions.
The overall effect has been to push hiring earlier – the sooner you start, the better off you are – and to accelerate hiring processes. Schools moving slowly are watching as their short list of desired candidates shrinks because other schools moved faster to extend formal offers.