This fear is causing workers to jump ship. Here’s how employers can stop it


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For companies to have a robust workforce, they may have no choice but to evolve with the virus.

Pollsters from technology company Honeywell asked 3,000 office workers worldwide if they feel safe working in the office as omicron spreads. Six in 10 respondents say they’ll “leave their job if their employer does not take necessary measures to create a healthier indoor environment.”


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As of publication time, CDC data shows 210 million Americans (63 percent of the entire population) are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19. But breakthrough cases could mean heading back to the office like it’s 2019 is still far out of reach for many.

More than 8 in 10 respondents said they’re concerned about working in an office with new COVID variants. Investing in safety may be just one way to keep remaining staff from jumping ship to a competitor.

“Many companies have been forced to again rethink their return to office strategies given rising infection rates,” said Manish Sharma, Honeywell Building Technologies VP. “In the long term, creating a healthier workplace can be a competitive advantage to drive employee satisfaction and retainment.”

Turnover is expensive

The BLS’s latest “Job Openings and Labor Turnover” report shows 4.5 million people quit their jobs in November 2021 alone. More are still planning a resignation. Recently released research called the “2022 Workplace Belonging Survey” found nearly half of U.S. workers are considering leaving their job.

“It’s disrupting business everywhere,” Dr. Rumeet Billan, the survey’s author, says. “Companies cannot afford to continue going through this type of employee turnover.”

On average, companies spend $26,511 a year on lost productivity and recruiting, according to research conducted by Harris for Express Employment Professionals. That means there are plenty of companies who spend even more to replace employees: 2 in 10 said that figure is closer to $50,000.

Find out: Surveys Show Americans are Looking for Pandemic-Proof Employment

How to retain employees

Between March 23 and April 12, 2021, Harris polled more than 1,000 hiring managers on behalf of Express Employment Professionals. Aside from COVID fears, competition in the job market motivates many to look elsewhere. Here are the most common reasons workers are taking new jobs:

  • Advancement opportunities: 37 percent
  • Better pay and benefits: 35 percent
  • More vacation time and perks: 32 percent

Find out: Will the Economy Recover in 2022? Experts Say Yes, but Americans Say No.

John Culpepper, a spokesman for the Express Employment Professionals, says the turnover trend will continue this year. Companies may need to adjust their work culture to counter competition in the retention game.

“We are in an employees’ market where the fear of losing a job or the stigma that was once a part of that has gone,” Culpepper said. “If an employee is made to feel like just a number, nothing is keeping them from change. They are constantly looking for a place that is easier for the same pay or where they are made to feel appreciated. Since the first cannot be controlled oftentimes, it’s important to improve the latter.”


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These 2 Western cities are the most financially fit in the US

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Financial fitness has little or nothing to do with how much you spend on gym memberships each month. But there are plenty of ways to measure financial fitness, from monitoring personal bill-paying activity to tracking cost of living regionally.

LendingTree researchers devised financial fitness scores for the 100 largest U.S. metros, taking into account five individual factors (such as the percentage of income that goes toward owning or renting a home and the percentage of people with at least one maxed-out credit card) and four community factors (such as unemployment rates and real personal income).

Two Utah metros come out at the top, while the two largest metros in the U.S. come out at the bottom. Here’s what else researchers learned.

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  • Utah steals the show when it comes to financial fitness, with Ogden and Provo taking the first and second spots with final scores of 81.4 and 77.5, respectively. Salt Lake City makes a respectable showing at No. 8 with a final score of 70.2.
  • Madison, Wisconsin rounds out the top three, with a final score of 76.5. Madison has one of the lowest unemployment rates — 3.5% — across the 100 metros examined.
  • The two largest metros in the U.S. — New York and Los Angeles — finish at the bottom, with financial fitness scores of 32.5 and 34.6, respectively.
  • McAllen, Texas, comes in third to last with a final score of 36.3. Despite being the cheapest place to live, this Texas metro has the lowest real personal income and the highest unemployment rate, so it’s no surprise that personal struggles with bills and debt follow.

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LendingTree analysts scored the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) across two categories — community score and individual score — to determine the overall financial fitness of those MSAs.

These two scores were averaged to create a final score, upon which the MSAs were ranked from highest to lowest. The highest possible scores for each category and the final score was 100, and the lowest was zero.

Each metric was first scored according to its relation to the best value (100 points) and the worst value (0 points) among the metros. These metrics were then averaged according to the weights below to create the category score. The final score was equally weighted between the community and individual scores.

In addition to publicly available sources, researchers reviewed more than 300,000 anonymized credit reports of LendingTree app users. The composite metrics represent the latest data available.

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  • Final Score: 59
  • Community Score: 56.6
  • Individual Score: 61.4

  • Final Score: 59
  • Community Score: 55.9
  • Individual Score: 62

  • Final Score: 59.2
  • Community Score: 51.6
  • Individual Score: 66.8

  • Final Score: 59.7
  • Community Score: 58.3
  • Individual Score: 61.1

  • Final Score: 59.7
  • Community Score: 59.6
  • Individual Score: 59.8


  • Final Score: 60.7
  • Community Score: 61.4
  • Individual Score: 60

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  • Final Score: 60.8
  • Community Score: 51
  • Individual Score: 70.6

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  • Final Score: 60.9
  • Community Score: 49.5
  • Individual Score: 72.2

  • Final Score: 60.9
  • Community Score: 50.2
  • Individual Score: 71.6

  • Final Score: 61
  • Community Score: 52.6
  • Individual Score: 69.3

  • Final Score: 61.2
  • Community Score: 57
  • Individual Score: 65.4

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  • Final Score: 61.9
  • Community Score: 56.2
  • Individual Score: 67.6


  • Final Score: 62.6
  • Community Score: 53
  • Individual Score: 72.2

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  • Final Score: 62.7
  • Community Score: 61.7
  • Individual Score: 63.6

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  • Final Score: 62.9
  • Community Score: 59.3
  • Individual Score: 66.5


  • Final Score: 63.3
  • Community Score: 62.3
  • Individual Score: 64.3

  • Final Score: 63.3
  • Community Score: 60
  • Individual Score: 66.5

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  • Final Score: 63.4
  • Community Score: 64.8
  • Individual Score: 61.9

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  • Final Score: 63.4
  • Community Score: 55.8
  • Individual Score: 70.9

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  • Final Score: 63.7
  • Community Score: 57.3
  • Individual Score: 70.1

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  • Final Score: 64.1
  • Community Score: 63.3
  • Individual Score: 64.8


  • Final Score: 64.3
  • Community Score: 55.3
  • Individual Score: 73.2

  • Final Score: 64.4
  • Community Score: 56.6
  • Individual Score: 72.2

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  • Final Score: 64.5
  • Community Score: 61
  • Individual Score: 68

  • Final Score: 64.7
  • Community Score: 56.8
  • Individual Score: 72.5

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  • Final Score: 64.8
  • Community Score: 62.2
  • Individual Score: 67.3


  • Final Score: 65.2
  • Community Score: 60.9
  • Individual Score: 69.4

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  • Final Score: 65.5
  • Community Score: 55
  • Individual Score: 75.9

  • Final Score: 65.8
  • Community Score: 61.7
  • Individual Score: 69.8

  • Final Score: 66
  • Community Score: 61.1
  • Individual Score: 70.8

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  • Final Score: 66.1
  • Community Score: 57.1
  • Individual Score: 75

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  • Final Score: 66.9
  • Community Score: 60.7
  • Individual Score: 73

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  • Final Score: 67
  • Community Score: 62.1
  • Individual Score: 71.8

  • Final Score: 67.6
  • Community Score: 58.4
  • Individual Score: 76.7


  • Final Score: 67.7
  • Community Score: 54.4
  • Individual Score: 81


  • Final Score: 68.1
  • Community Score: 61.4
  • Individual Score: 74.8


  • Final Score: 68.2
  • Community Score: 64
  • Individual Score: 72.3


  • Final Score: 69.1
  • Community Score: 63
  • Individual Score: 75.2

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  • Final Score: 69.2
  • Community Score: 59.8
  • Individual Score: 78.5

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  • Final Score: 69.4
  • Community Score: 63.5
  • Individual Score: 75.3

  • Final Score: 69.9
  • Community Score: 64.4
  • Individual Score: 75.4

  • Final Score: 69.9
  • Community Score: 61.9
  • Individual Score: 77.9

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  • Final Score: 70.2
  • Community Score: 72.3
  • Individual Score: 68

  • Final Score: 70.8
  • Community Score: 69.8
  • Individual Score: 71.7

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  • Final Score: 71.6
  • Community Score: 72.5
  • Individual Score: 70.6

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  • Final Score: 72
  • Community Score: 65.1
  • Individual Score: 78.8


  • Final Score: 73.2
  • Community Score: 64.7
  • Individual Score: 81.6

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  • Final Score: 76.5
  • Community Score: 73.1
  • Individual Score: 79.8

  • Final Score: 77.5
  • Community Score: 75.6
  • Individual Score: 79.3


  • Final Score: 81.4
  • Community Score: 81.8
  • Individual Score: 80.9

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Location can certainly help you maintain financial fitness, but your personal habits will follow wherever you go, so make sure yours are helping you meet your financial goals.

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Achieving overall financial fitness often means addressing several different problem areas. Maybe you don’t have credit card debt but you struggle to keep a solid emergency savings.

“Knowing what you want most from your money is the vital first step,” LendingTree chief credit analyst Matt Schulz said. “You have to know where you want to go before you can figure out how to get there.”

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Once you’ve identified your goals, you’ll want to lay out a plan of how to achieve them.

“If you don’t know exactly how much money is coming in and going out of your household each month, it’s really tough to make a meaningful plan for your financial future,” he said.

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Life can often impede on your budget, whether that means a sudden loss of income or another major unexpected expense. Financial fitness won’t stop those things from happening, but it can help mitigate the effects if you’re consistently working to improve your situation.

“Financial fitness is about good habits done over a long stretch of time,” Schulz said. “It is absolutely a marathon rather than a sprint.”

You might not think taking out a personal loan can help you get out of debt, but Schulz said debt consolidation loans can work for people juggling multiple payments.

“Not only can it knock down your interest rate, it can streamline your payments,” he said. “Instead of dealing with three or four different creditors, you can consolidate them into one loan, make one single payment and simplify your financial life tremendously.”

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