Several years ago I was talking with my oldest brother, who was then in his 20th year with an insurance giant.
I was in my 3rd year with an advertising agency. I absolutely loved what I was doing—supporting 50 creative department users, and keeping the server alive— though I couldn’t tolerate the deplorable way in which senior leadership treated many of their employees.
I described the environment to my brother and told him I was planning to leave the company.
His executive-level advice was “You just have to learn to roll with the punches.”
My response “I’ve rolled with their punches, I’ve ducked their punches, I’ve counter-punched when appropriate. I’m good at all of the above. I just prefer corporate cultures where there’s not so much f’ing punching.”
I can’t help but wonder how many people who are among those who are leaving jobs during The Great Migration were perfectly happy with their pay/benefits, commute time, etc. but are seeking a low-punch (or no-punch) work culture.