The Vast Quittin'ing
Remove barriers that rob the hourly worker of his right to pride of workmanship...Remove barriers that rob people in management and in engineering of their right to pride of workmanship.
— Dr. W. Edwards Deming
The Great Resignation has become an exercise in optimism and denial. Management says there's nothing to be done about attrition because the job market is simply too hot to retain staff. This form of denial assumes the reason people are leaving is a matter of money, rather than a vote of no-confidence in leadership and how a business operates and perhaps even mistreats employees (which may manifest as low wages, overwork, pushing people to the point of burnout, and so forth). Meanwhile, there is typically a naive optimism on the part of the job seeker who imagines the next place will be significantly better than where they are now. It stands to reason fewer people would be leaving those companies and creating new openings if things were going great. The mere fact that a company is hiring is at once understandable and suspicious.