WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (WKBW) – Alexa Zappia is living her dream as a casting associate producer.
“I’ve worked on a number of shows. Don’t forget the text, the hustler, ”she explained.
The entertainment industry is a new profession for the 24-year-old from Williamsville. She only recently made the decision to quit her job as a sixth grade English teacher. “My plan was to keep going and life had other plans I guess.”
Alexa is not alone. According to the Ministry of Labor, four million people quit their jobs in April alone. Many said they were looking for more money, more flexibility, and more happiness.
Lauren Lewis is a partner at the local recruitment company Staff Buffalo. She said while some are still tired of leaving their current positions, the local labor market as a whole mirrors national trends. She said many are looking for flexible work from home jobs.
“I think it has become really important for working parents not to feel so stressed about everything that is going on in their life in the middle of a pandemic.”
There is also a financial incentive. A recent “flexjobs” survey shows that the average teleworker saves $ 4,000 a year by not spending money on gasoline, coffee, lunch and more clothes for their wardrobe.
Tony Ogorek is the founder and president of Ogorek Wealth Management. He said the pandemic had changed the way a work day should be. “We had a kind of outdated approach to work and that was that we measured the work when I got you locked up.”
Because of this, remote flexibility has become one of the top reasons people leave. Ogorek said the resignations show the strength of the economy. “In times of trust in the economy, people have the feeling that they can move.”
In the case of Alexa, she said she was excited about her new job. The hybrid work schedule is an added benefit.
“I’m so excited to know I should be here.”